December 2016 SAFMC Meeting - Public Comment Form (Responses)
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11/21/2016 18:49:25Vincent BonuraSailRaiser25C@aol.comFort Lauderdale FL 33315Commercial FishermanCommercial Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 27)SG Reg Am 27 (Vision Blueprint Commercial)

My name is Vincent Bonura. I own and operate a commercial fishing/wholesale business out of South Florida. I have a substantial investment into this business and would like to see nothing more than for it to be sustainable for generations to come.

I highly oppose Catch Shares/IFQ’s for the future of the Snapper Grouper Fishery due to the fact that it can put a lot of fisherman, fish houses, and fishing communities out of business. Catch Shares/IFQ’s would only be good for a select few stake holders, not the majority of this business.

There are no positive aspects in going forward with Catch Shares/IFQs. Yes, fisherman and boat owners could allocate how many lbs of fish or product are needed to make a trip successful and profitable, but that does not outweigh the negative impacts this change would cause. Due to the high expenses and cost of operation these days, small trip limits are making it almost impossible for larger vessels that are not very fast to be productive. We travel long distances to get to the fish and have to stay out for multiple days. Larger vessels are safer, more comfortable, and better suited for the task at hand, especially with the new USCG safety regulations going into effect in October of 2015.

With that said I would like to seek alternatives to Catch Shares/IFQ’s. I put together a few alternatives, ideas, and options that would be beneficial to the SAFMC, fisherman, boat owners, and other land based facilities. These alternatives would not only make trips more profitable, but they would also help eliminate bycatch and discards as well as make it easier to keep track of the ACL’s/Quotas.

Alternative #1 – Permit Stacking

Allow fisherman/boat owners the option to have multiple Snapper Grouper Permits aboard one vessel in order to have multiple trip limits aboard that vessel.

There has to be a maximum number of permits per vessel!

Option A.

• Currently 2 for 1 permit = 1 permit (1 trip limit)
• Add a third permit and delete this permit = category 2 permit (2 trip limits)
• Add a fourth permit and delete this permit = category 3 permit (3 trip limits)

…so on and so forth. Option A would delete permits making a new category of permit while eliminating permits like the 2 for 1 buyout program. To give you a better idea of how the new category of permits could work, just apply the idea of hurricanes category 1, 2, etc., with the “largest” being a category 5.

Option B.

Allow multiple permits aboard one vessel without deleting them. This alternative would allow the transfer of permits from vessel to vessel as needed.

• Permits can be owned by multiple owners or entities?
• Permits must be owned by the same entity?
• Permits can be in separate corporations or name but must be owned by the
same person/ CEO/President?


Alternative #2 - Multi Day Trip Endorsement

A Multi Day Trip Endorsement would allow vessels on extended trips the availability to retain multiple day/trip limits.

This would have to be done based on multiple day or extended trip catch history from the log books.

• 3 Day Endorsement?
• 5 Day Endorsement?
• 7 Day Endorsement?

Alternative 3. Weekly Limits

Smaller, faster vessels can go out every day and catch a trip limit seven days a week. My vessel and many others might take a day to get out and a day to get in and offload. This ends up being three days of work for only one day of fishing. So for an example on Golden Tilefish, I would offload 500 lbs. in 3 days whereas the small fast vessel would offload 1500 lbs. in the same time frame.

A weekly limit, whether it was caught in three days or seven days, would level the playing field as well as maximize efficiency for all vessels.


I have presented to you a multitude of alternatives, options, and ideas. Any and all of these will be economically and financially valuable for all vessels within the Snapper Grouper Fishery by providing each and every vessel the opportunity to catch what is needed for a profitable trip. Thank you for your time in reading this. I truly hope you consider these alternatives to better this fishery and the lives of our fisherman. If you have any questions at all feel free to give me a call.


Tight Lines,

Vincent T. Bonura III
800 SW 12th CT.
Fort Lauderdale FL, 33315
954-240-8615
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11/21/2016 21:54:50
Nikolaus Schroth
Nikschroth@naisouthcoast.com Stuart, FL 34997 Private Recreational AnglerBahamian agreement with China to allow commercial fishing. This is an issue that directly affects the fishery SAFMC is in place to manage. It would be a lapse in responsibility if the Council did not take action on this matter. By action, a letter or inviting the Bahamian officials to come here is not enough, the council needs to go to the Bahamas and find out first hand what impacts the proposal will have on the pelagic fishery.
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11/22/2016 1:52:32Vincent BonuraSailRaiser25C@aol.comFort Lauderdale FL 33315Commercial FishermanCommercial Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 27)Differences between the “Traditional Bandit Boat” and “Day Boat”
Reg Am 27 (Vision Blueprint Commercial)

A huge difference between a “Day Boat” and a “Traditional Bandit Boat” definitely is speed. A Day Boat is fast enough to get to and from the fishing grounds to offload every day. Generally, these boats are open fisherman center console boats or Day Boat style open wheel house commercial boats.

“Traditional Bandit Boats” are typically slower and could take a half of a day or better to get to the fishing grounds depending how far their destination is. In my opinion, a Traditional Bandit Boat is a larger vessel 35 ft. or better built and designed for multi day trip fishing. These vessels have the fuel capacity and ice/fish hold capacity for long range trips. They also have a bunk/crew quarters as well as other amenities for comfortability for the duration of the trip. Larger USCG documented vessels must go through a more strenuous and mandatory commercial fishing safety examination. These vessels carry an abundancy of first aid and safety equipment such as (Solas A Pack) life raft, Cat 1 EPIRBs, and satellite phones. The “Traditional Bandit Boat” is safer, more comfortable, and better suited for commercial fishing.

Due to high expenses and cost of operation these days, small trip limits are making it nearly impossible for larger vessels (“Traditional Bandit Boats”) that are not very fast to be productive. We travel long distances to the fish and have to stay out for multiple days.

We need to come up with alternatives that will be economically and financially valuable for all vessels within the Snapper Grouper Fishery. This can be accomplished by providing each and every vessel the opportunity to catch what is needed for a profitable trip.

Tight Lines,

Vincent T. Bonura III
800 SW 12th CT.
Fort Lauderdale FL, 33315
954-240-8615
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11/22/2016 10:03:38Hub Spoonerhubspooner@yahoo.comPalm Beach Gardens, FL 33418Private Recreational AnglerChinese fishing in shared US/Bahama fisheryPlease work closely with and educate the Bahamian Fishery officials of the enormous negative impact of having a large scale commercial fishing operation working in our shared fishery. The impacts include: further depleting of an already stressed fishery, tourism reduction for both our countries, additional financial burdens of having US based assets to monitor/manage commercial fishing regulations/boundaries; and possible emergency assistance involving Coast Guard.
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11/22/2016 10:39:02Trenton Glaubtglaub@fastenal.comNorth Palm Beach FL 33408Private Recreational Angler, tournament fishermanchineese comercial fishing in BahamasI feel that allowing Chineese commercial fishing in the Bahamas is a horrible idea for both the future of fish stocks in Bahamas but also in S FL. This will wipe out fishing as we no it and not allow our children to enjoy this resource that brings so much joy to our lives
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11/22/2016 10:58:50
RAYMOND JAY DePOTTER
CAPTJAY@USA.NETJUPITER, FLORIDA, 33477Private Recreational AnglerCHINESE FISHING IN THE BAHAMASAre you kidding me? The Chinese will take the most vital resource the Bahamas has, their fisheries. They will take it all, until it is not economically viable, and then move on.
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11/22/2016 11:27:36Emmy BuckmanEbuckman@bellsouth.netSinger Island Florida 33404Private Recreational AnglerAllowing the Chinese to fish commercially in the Bahamas is crazy. Please do all you can to help stop this from happening. Thank you.Chinese commercial fishing in the Bahamas is ludicrous.
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11/22/2016 12:06:20bill bucklandfishctr@gate.netwpb, fl,33404Private Recreational Angler, tackle storeBahamian/Chinese fishing ventureIf the Chinese are able to commercial fish in the Bahamas, it will be the end to the end. It will wipe out the resource. It also will impact the fishing in Florida . Me being a tackle store owner, it would impact my business, when no one goes to the Bahamas. I also own a boat, and would stop going, and sell my boat.
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11/23/2016 4:33:18
Geoffrey Mayfield
Gmayfield7376@gmail.comStuart, FL 34996Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat/For-HireNot allowing the Chinese to commercially fish Bahamian waters I am strongly against the Chinese being allowed to commercially fish Bahamian waters. They will ruin the Bahamian waters and reefs by over fishing. As a result, I along with millions of other Americans that visit the Bahamas on a regular basis will no longer have a reason to visit. This will in turn ruin the fragile Bahamian economy.
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11/23/2016 6:21:41Gary N Bellgbell@okeesheriff.comOkeechobee, FL 34972Private Recreational AnglerDolphin & Yellowtail Allocations (Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10/ Snapper Grouper Amendment 44)To let any other country come close to our fisheries within close range of the South Atlantic would be completely devastating to our fishing future. The Chinese have no switch, and will not stop until we all look back and say that was a mistake and we certainly operate in that manner to often now. I would hope that we all take a close look at what we propose. I'm sure money comes into play for someone at some point, and I would hope that is not always used as a driving factor but unfortunately it always seems to play a role. Do not take a pristine fishing grounds and make it one that we are ashamed of. Remember the words " I told you so " when it is all screwed up.
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11/23/2016 8:08:02MatthewKuntzJupiter FL 33469Private Recreational AnglerChinese Fishing Stay awayPlease stop the Chinese from fishing our kids will have nothing to see in the Bahamas
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11/25/2016 15:59:49Mason Bowencharles.w.bowen10@gmail.comSebastian, FL 32958Commercial FishermanKing MackeralSouth Atlantic Fishery Management Council 13 November 2016

Dear Ms. Duval and Council Members,

I hope that all is well for yourself, and the rest of the council. For some time I have wanted to share some thoughts that the council may find helpful. The inclement weather of late has afforded me the time, so here it is. At this point Amendment 26 has been signed by both councils and still waits authorization by the Department of Commerce. I find this pretty unbelievable and do not completely understand if there will be any implications to the timeline of this Amendment. Furthermore, it does not bode well for any idea of streamlining fishery management plans.

When Amendment 26 is finally implemented there will be intended and unintended consequences. My hope is that as the years go by the bubble will find the middle of the level and given the circumstances the results will be as good as can be expected.

My first thought is about recruitment issue for King Mackerel. The months of May and June found me fishing offshore of the Volusia coast. July, August and September found me off Brevard and Indian River Counties. No matter where I was operating there were areas you would find small fish (3 to 4 pound class) and undersized as well, sometimes in quantity. I believe if you ask any fisherman who participated through the spring and summer months you will get the same response. It should be noted that when I talk about undersized fish, I am talking about fish less than 24 inches down to 18 inches.

I do not interact with truly juvenile fish, probably because of gear type. If you take into consideration the testimony of fishermen throughout the year, the recruitment picture is good. Any contradiction between the testimony of these fishermen and the hard black and white data collected by the National Marine Fisheries showing young year classes of fish, show the failure of recruitment studies completed by the National Marine Fisheries biologist.

Going forward these issues have got to be addressed. Laying blame at the feet of the re-authorized Magnuson Act cannot continue to excuse incompetence.

Participation among differing groups of fishermen

Historically there has always been high participation in numbers in the king mackerel fishery on the East Coast of Florida. One of the biggest factors concerning the small daily landing limits in the area is due to this high participation.

If you take a million pound quota and spread it out over six months duration you will get these results. A lot of these fishermen had other types of permits taken away and King Mackerel was their only option. I’m referring to conversations I’ve had in the past with fishermen from up north about having all their tools. These fishermen have had all of their tools except King Mackerel taken away.

It is for this reason you see these fishermen traveling from one area to the next sometimes almost migrating with the fish simply because this fishery is the only economically viable fishery left to them.

When it comes to King Mackerel, local diversified fisherman, who have other options or tools, may look at the fishery completely different. Their mindset would be to fish king mackerel when the fish were available in the area, making king mackerel almost seasonal in nature, to go along with their other fisheries.

These different approaches to the fishery will clash when local fisherman feel threatened by those who travel.

The fact is there is no right or wrong here. If there is a problem with over participation in an area resulting in less opportunity for its fisherman, this problem is actually shared by both groups.

I have always believed in communication, discussing the problem and making compromises when necessary to come to the best solution for all. If I draw a line in the sand, and declare that you are my enemy the outcome is generally unhealthy.

We are all just fisherman trying to make a living to support our families. When the National Marine fisheries created quotas for different areas they did not take into consideration the amount of opportunity for individual fisherman. The fact is that there are too many permits available for this fishery as a whole, which creates a roller coaster effect as people enter and leave the fishery from different areas.

Using commercial fishing landings in data assessments:

No matter what fishery we are talking about, if you are going to use commercial fishing landings as a part of that assessment, you have to take into account environmental conditions.

Simply put, fish react to environmental conditions. Fishermen also react to environmental conditions and any knowledge gleaned from this data is purely subjective to the conditions at the time.

Where I live is the perfect place to talk about environmental conditions. The middle east of Florida would be considered a subtropical climate, but the fact is warmer average temperatures throughout the area through the course of the year creates different conditions environmentally for its fisherman.

A small snapshot of this can be looked at if you compare the present with the past. My father started King Mackerel fishing in the area in 1960. In my attic I found many of his landing records and we were able to use this information later in the data assessment. Going through these records I was surprised to see how much of his effort was in Palm Beach County, and when I asked him about this the reply was simple. He said in those days the winters were much colder and from the month of January to March it was hard to catch a King Mackerel out of the ports Fort Pierce or Sebastian so he had to go to Palm Beach County.

So in the decade of the 60s with the colder winters present you found the heart or quantity of King Mackerel off the Palm Beach County coastline.

As the decades would pass you see a combination of warm and cold winters and you also see fish movement and the effort of fishermen responding to the movement. The last six winters have been warm, windy winters. I mention that because the higher wind and rougher seas result in less opportunity for fisherman.

Also there is a greater impact that comes along with the warmer air temperatures and that is air temperature impact on water surface temperatures.

All pelagic fish have a comfort zone of water temperature they prefer. On a larger scale I believe it affects bait fish or food source for these species as well.

With King Mackerel in particular you are seeing a shift in the quantity and heart of this fish further north. This does not mean you won't see any fish as far south as Palm Beach County or St. Lucie County, it simply means that the quantity is further north. It should be noted that all of these areas have small daily landing limits, it takes a lot of participation to account for large landings overall. Meanwhile this climate shift is moving the heart of this fishery further north away from areas of high participation.

In this region our summer months are plagued with environmental factors as well. This condition also involves water temperatures. The problem is far more insidious than simply warm waters although in the big picture all of it may be connected.

This environmental condition has different titles; upwelling’s and thermal clines are two of them. The difference between cold or warm water in the winter and cold water in the summer is basically that in the winter you are dealing with sea surface temperature as a result of the impact of air temperature.

In the summer the cold water upwelling from the ocean floor, depending on the severity of the event can be 25 to 30 feet off the bottom. When that occurs a blue ocean will turn black.

I have heard many theories to explain why this happens. Personally I think they are all wrong. From a scientific point of view I believe you are looking at climate change right in front of you and you barely acknowledge that it’s taking place.

The impact on King Mackerel in the affected areas results in a situation where they are always on the move. The King Mackerel never settle for long. They are looking for that right water temperature with a food source to stay. For fishermen, it is rare nowadays to do well in the same place two days in a row.

It should be obvious that the environmental changes affect how groups of fish act. Could you build a computer model to represent what happens? I believe you could, but you must start to think that way first, acknowledge the changes, and their affects along with hard black and white data and fishery testimony both recreational and commercial. You would then get a true picture of reality.

At the last meeting I attended, Dr. Roy Crabtree asked what I thought the impacts on King Mackerel stocks would be with the different conditions they face. I did not know how to answer, but over the summer and subsequent months, I have thought about the question. So here is my answer, I've seen the recruitment up and down the coast. I've seen the different year classes of King Mackerel. At times I have seen good quantities of all.

The fish are adapting to these environmental changes, the fishermen are slow to adapt. I hope these thoughts will be a help to someone and I wish the very best for all.

Sincerely,

Mason Bowen


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11/28/2016 10:39:27Vincent Bonura800 SW 12th CT. Fort Lauderdale FL, 33315Commercial FishermanCommercial Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 27)Differences between the “Traditional Bandit Boat” and “Day Boat”
Reg Am 27 (Vision Blueprint Commercial)

A huge difference between a “Day Boat” and a “Traditional Bandit Boat” definitely is speed. A Day Boat is fast enough to get to and from the fishing grounds to offload every day. Generally, these boats are open fisherman center console boats or Day Boat style open wheel house commercial boats.
“Traditional Bandit Boats” are typically slower and could take a half of a day or better to get to the fishing grounds depending how far their destination is. In my opinion, a Traditional Bandit Boat is a larger vessel 35 ft. or better built and designed for multi day trip fishing. These vessels have the fuel capacity and ice/fish hold capacity for long range trips. They also have a bunk/crew quarters as well as other amenities for comfortability for the duration of the trip. Larger USCG documented vessels must go through a more strenuous and mandatory commercial fishing safety examination. These vessels carry an abundancy of first aid and safety equipment such as (Solas A Pack) life raft, Cat 1 EPIRBs, and satellite phones. The “Traditional Bandit Boat” is safer, more comfortable, and better suited for commercial fishing.
Due to high expenses and cost of operation these days, small trip limits are making it nearly impossible for larger vessels (“Traditional Bandit Boats”) that are not very fast to be productive. We travel long distances to the fish and have to stay out for multiple days.
We need to come up with alternatives that will be economically and financially valuable for all vessels within the Snapper Grouper Fishery. This can be accomplished by providing each and every vessel the opportunity to catch what is needed for a profitable trip.

Tight Lines,

Vincent T. Bonura III
800 SW 12th CT.
Fort Lauderdale FL, 33315
954-240-8615
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11/28/2016 10:40:24Vincent Bonura800 SW 12th CT. Fort Lauderdale FL, 33315Commercial FishermanCommercial Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 27)Golden Tilefish

In Regulatory Amendment 27, a change to the season opening date of Golden tilefish hook and line sector is being proposed in order to bring back the fall fishery. I am strongly against this because Deep Water Complex, Snowy Grouper, and Blue Line/Gray Tilefish all open January 1st (currently along with Golden Tilefish). All of these species are caught in deep water. If they do not open together, then there will be much more dead discards of these species. I catch a lot of these species all winter long and would like to continue to do so in the future years to come. We have nearly zero dead discards because most of these species have no size limits and all open simultaneously.
I see no reason to change what is working perfectly fine as it is. I wouldn’t mind having the fall fishery open, but I believe that all these species must then be changed and opened at the same time. I still would be highly against a March 15th opener because this would sacrifice the winter fishery for the hook and line sector. I would much rather see it somewhere around September for the fall and winter. As mentioned previously, I do not think it could be changed without adjusting the opening dates for the other mentioned deep water species in order to avoid more dead discards.
On another note, I don’t understand how the recent Golden Tilefish stock assessment could possibly show negative results that would require a reduction in their harvest. From what I’m seeing out there and what I hear from fellow fisherman, the stock is doing great and is sustainable. If the Golden Tilefish stock is not over fished, why do we need to think about management measures to reduce the harvest of Golden tilefish??
I really hope you take my thoughts into consideration and please don’t take away another great fishery that we the fisherman depend on to feed our families.
Tight Lines,

Vincent Bonura
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11/28/2016 17:04:03Don Beaverdbeaver10@gmail.comLittleton, NC 27850Private Recreational AnglerAmendment 45I would like to raise a voice against limited entry in the South Atlantic red snapper fishery. I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of amendment 45, and stop work on its for-hire limited entry amendment at the council's December meeting. There is no current reason to limit entry into this fisheries because the number of permits has been relatively stable over the last 10 years (less than 7% variation annually).

Instead, the Council should take a very cautionary approach to limiting access to public resources and monitor the number of permits issued each year, addressing increases in permittees only if it becomes an issue. Likewise, the Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire (e.g. log books must be completed before a renewal permit is issued).

I oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf Council has shown that limited entry is the first step towards sector separation and individual catch shares. These issues have been extremely divisive in the Gulf, not only between sectors, but also within the Council itself, and have been detrimental to the recreational fishing community, the boating & recreational fishing industries, and the fishery itself.

Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options still to be fully explored, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.

Again I strongly urge the council to approve option 3 in Amendment 45 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery.

Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/28/2016 17:04:17
Donald L Manning
dmanning@naplesboatmart.comEstero, FL 33967Private Recreational AnglerAmendment 45I would like to raise a voice against limited entry in the South Atlantic red snapper fishery. I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of amendment 45, and stop work on its for-hire limited entry amendment at the council's December meeting. There is no current reason to limit entry into this fisheries because the number of permits has been relatively stable over the last 10 years (less than 7% variation annually).
Instead, the Council should take a very cautionary approach to limiting access to public resources and monitor the number of permits issued each year, addressing increases in permittees only if it becomes an issue. Likewise, the Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire (e.g. log books must be completed before a renewal permit is issued).
I oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf Council has shown that limited entry is the first step towards sector separation and individual catch shares. These issues have been extremely divisive in the Gulf, not only between sectors, but also within the Council itself, and have been detrimental to the recreational fishing community, the boating & recreational fishing industries, and the fishery itself.
Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options still to be fully explored, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.
Again I strongly urge the council to approve option 3 in Amendment 45 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery.
Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/28/2016 17:14:37Allan RiddleFayetteville, NC, 28306Private Recreational AnglerAmendment 45I would like to raise a voice against limited entry in the South Atlantic red snapper fishery. I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of amendment 45, and stop work on its for-hire limited entry amendment at the council's December meeting. There is no current reason to limit entry into this fisheries because the number of permits has been relatively stable over the last 10 years (less than 7% variation annually).

Instead, the Council should take a very cautionary approach to limiting access to public resources and monitor the number of permits issued each year, addressing increases in permittees only if it becomes an issue. Likewise, the Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire (e.g. log books must be completed before a renewal permit is issued).

I oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf Council has shown that limited entry is the first step towards sector separation and individual catch shares. These issues have been extremely divisive in the Gulf, not only between sectors, but also within the Council itself, and have been detrimental to the recreational fishing community, the boating & recreational fishing industries, and the fishery itself.

Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options still to be fully explored, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.

Again I strongly urge the council to approve option 3 in Amendment 45 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery.

Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/28/2016 18:22:36James Rackleyj.r.jr.1@excite.comTallahassee, Florida 32309Private Recreational AnglerRed Snapper & Recreational Reporting (Snapper Grouper Amendment 43), Recreational Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 26), Dolphin & Yellowtail Allocations (Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10/ Snapper Grouper Amendment 44)"I would like to raise a voice against limited entry in the South Atlantic red snapper fishery. I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of amendment 45, and stop work on its for-hire limited entry amendment at the council's December meeting. There is no current reason to limit entry into this fisheries because the number of permits has been relatively stable over the last 10 years (less than 7% variation annually).

Instead, the Council should take a very cautionary approach to limiting access to public resources and monitor the number of permits issued each year, addressing increases in permittees only if it becomes an issue. Likewise, the Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire (e.g. log books must be completed before a renewal permit is issued).

I oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf Council has shown that limited entry is the first step towards sector separation and individual catch shares. These issues have been extremely divisive in the Gulf, not only between sectors, but also within the Council itself, and have been detrimental to the recreational fishing community, the boating & recreational fishing industries, and the fishery itself.

Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options still to be fully explored, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.

Again I strongly urge the council to approve option 3 in Amendment 45 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery.

Thank you very much for your consideration."
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11/28/2016 19:12:38Ralph Brownralph@ralphbrown.usSpring Hill, FL 34609Private Recreational AnglerAmendment 45I strongly oppose limited entry into the fisheries. The Natural Resources of the state and the nation belong to all the citizens not just the commercial fishermen who inherit and or buy the permits. This leads to a special status for citizens in a country where all the citizens should be equal.
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11/28/2016 20:12:22Andrew V Brownabrown@worldcat.com27834Private Recreational AnglerAmendment 45.I would like to raise a voice against limited entry in the South Atlantic red snapper fishery. I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of amendment 45, and stop work on its for-hire limited entry amendment at the council's December meeting. There is no current reason to limit entry into this fisheries because the number of permits has been relatively stable over the last 10 years (less than 7% variation annually).

Instead, the Council should take a very cautionary approach to limiting access to public resources and monitor the number of permits issued each year, addressing increases in permittees only if it becomes an issue. Likewise, the Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire (e.g. log books must be completed before a renewal permit is issued).

I oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf Council has shown that limited entry is the first step towards sector separation and individual catch shares. These issues have been extremely divisive in the Gulf, not only between sectors, but also within the Council itself, and have been detrimental to the recreational fishing community, the boating & recreational fishing industries, and the fishery itself.

Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options still to be fully explored, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.

Again I strongly urge the council to approve option 3 in Amendment 45 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery.

Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/28/2016 20:15:30James M Mills JrJames.m.mills.jr@gmail.com30132Private Recreational AnglerAmendment 45I would like to raise a voice against limited entry in the South Atlantic red snapper fishery. I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of amendment 45, and stop work on its for-hire limited entry amendment at the council's December meeting. There is no current reason to limit entry into this fisheries because the number of permits has been relatively stable over the last 10 years (less than 7% variation annually).

Instead, the Council should take a very cautionary approach to limiting access to public resources and monitor the number of permits issued each year, addressing increases in permittees only if it becomes an issue. Likewise, the Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire (e.g. log books must be completed before a renewal permit is issued).

I oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf Council has shown that limited entry is the first step towards sector separation and individual catch shares. These issues have been extremely divisive in the Gulf, not only between sectors, but also within the Council itself, and have been detrimental to the recreational fishing community, the boating & recreational fishing industries, and the fishery itself.

Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options still to be fully explored, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.

Again I strongly urge the council to approve option 3 in Amendment 45 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery.

Thank you very much for your consideration.
James M Mills Jr
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11/29/2016 7:24:00
Michael A. Bowman
mab3223@gmail.comPort Charlotte, FL. 33948Private Recreational AnglerRed Snapper & Recreational Reporting (Snapper Grouper Amendment 43), Recreational Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 26), Commercial Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 27), Dolphin & Yellowtail Allocations (Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10/ Snapper Grouper Amendment 44)Recreational fishing is to valuable a resource to the American Family to limit its access to public water. Take a Kid fishing where we can't go there buddy, because some pinhead politician said so and because he received money from special interest groups. Have you looked at a Norman Rockwell lately. That is the American Family we need to regain, children who have respect for their elders and understand that valuable life lessons can be learned from them.
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11/29/2016 8:31:20Dale Barnesdale_barnes@yamaha-motor.comAcworth, Georgia 30101Private Recreational AnglerAmendment 45I would like to raise a voice against limited entry in the South Atlantic red snapper fishery. I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of amendment 45, and stop work on its for-hire limited entry amendment at the council's December meeting. There is no current reason to limit entry into this fisheries because the number of permits has been relatively stable over the last 10 years (less than 7% variation annually).
Instead, the Council should take a very cautionary approach to limiting access to public resources and monitor the number of permits issued each year, addressing increases in permittees only if it becomes an issue. Likewise, the Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire (e.g. log books must be completed before a renewal permit is issued).
I oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf Council has shown that limited entry is the first step towards sector separation and individual catch shares. These issues have been extremely divisive in the Gulf, not only between sectors, but also within the Council itself, and have been detrimental to the recreational fishing community, the boating & recreational fishing industries, and the fishery itself.
Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options still to be fully explored, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.
Again I strongly urge the council to approve option 3 in Amendment 45 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery.
Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/29/2016 8:36:09
Shannon Bradford
shannonwb68@aol.comCocoa, FL 32927Private Recreational AnglerAmendment 45I would like to raise a voice against limited entry in the South Atlantic red snapper fishery. I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of amendment 45, and stop work on its for-hire limited entry amendment at the council's December meeting. There is no current reason to limit entry into this fisheries because the number of permits has been relatively stable over the last 10 years (less than 7% variation annually).

Instead, the Council should take a very cautionary approach to limiting access to public resources and monitor the number of permits issued each year, addressing increases in permittees only if it becomes an issue. Likewise, the Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire (e.g. log books must be completed before a renewal permit is issued).

I oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf Council has shown that limited entry is the first step towards sector separation and individual catch shares. These issues have been extremely divisive in the Gulf, not only between sectors, but also within the Council itself, and have been detrimental to the recreational fishing community, the boating & recreational fishing industries, and the fishery itself.

Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options still to be fully explored, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.

Again I strongly urge the council to approve option 3 in Amendment 45 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery.

Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/29/2016 8:37:54Scott Higginsscott_higgins@yamaha-motor.comKennesaw, GA 30144Private Recreational AnglerAmendment 45I would like to raise a voice against limited entry in the South Atlantic red snapper fishery. I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of amendment 45, and stop work on its for-hire limited entry amendment at the council's December meeting. There is no current reason to limit entry into this fisheries because the number of permits has been relatively stable over the last 10 years (less than 7% variation annually).
Instead, the Council should take a very cautionary approach to limiting access to public resources and monitor the number of permits issued each year, addressing increases in permittees only if it becomes an issue. Likewise, the Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire (e.g. log books must be completed before a renewal permit is issued).
I oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf Council has shown that limited entry is the first step towards sector separation and individual catch shares. These issues have been extremely divisive in the Gulf, not only between sectors, but also within the Council itself, and have been detrimental to the recreational fishing community, the boating & recreational fishing industries, and the fishery itself.
Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options still to be fully explored, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.
Again I strongly urge the council to approve option 3 in Amendment 45 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery.
Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/29/2016 8:46:14Steve CheriSteve_cheri@yamaha-motor.comDallas GA 30132Private Recreational AnglerRed Snapper & Recreational Reporting (Snapper Grouper Amendment 43), Recreational Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 26), Dolphin & Yellowtail Allocations (Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10/ Snapper Grouper Amendment 44)None
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11/29/2016 8:48:12Dolly Reevesdolly_reeves@yamaha-motor.comKennesaw, GA, 30144Private Recreational AnglerOption 3 of Amendment 45I would like to raise a voice against limited entry in the South Atlantic red snapper fishery. I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of amendment 45, and stop work on its for-hire limited entry amendment at the council's December meeting. There is no current reason to limit entry into this fisheries because the number of permits has been relatively stable over the last 10 years (less than 7% variation annually).
Instead, the Council should take a very cautionary approach to limiting access to public resources and monitor the number of permits issued each year, addressing increases in permittees only if it becomes an issue. Likewise, the Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire (e.g. log books must be completed before a renewal permit is issued).
I oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf Council has shown that limited entry is the first step towards sector separation and individual catch shares. These issues have been extremely divisive in the Gulf, not only between sectors, but also within the Council itself, and have been detrimental to the recreational fishing community, the boating & recreational fishing industries, and the fishery itself.
Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options still to be fully explored, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.
Again I strongly urge the council to approve option 3 in Amendment 45 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery.
Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/29/2016 8:48:33Ben Mallettben_mallett@yamaha-motor.comSmyrna, GA 30080Private Recreational AnglerAmendment 45I would like to raise a voice against limited entry in the South Atlantic red snapper fishery. I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of amendment 45, and stop work on its for-hire limited entry amendment at the council's December meeting. There is no current reason to limit entry into this fisheries because the number of permits has been relatively stable over the last 10 years (less than 7% variation annually).
Instead, the Council should take a very cautionary approach to limiting access to public resources and monitor the number of permits issued each year, addressing increases in permittees only if it becomes an issue. Likewise, the Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire (e.g. log books must be completed before a renewal permit is issued).
I oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf Council has shown that limited entry is the first step towards sector separation and individual catch shares. These issues have been extremely divisive in the Gulf, not only between sectors, but also within the Council itself, and have been detrimental to the recreational fishing community, the boating & recreational fishing industries, and the fishery itself.
Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options still to be fully explored, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.
Again I strongly urge the council to approve option 3 in Amendment 45 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery.
Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/29/2016 8:56:38Ronald WadmanToby_wadman@yamaha-motor.comPowder Springs, GA 30127Private Recreational AnglerRed Snapper & Recreational Reporting (Snapper Grouper Amendment 43)I would like to raise my voice to the limited entry in the South Atlantic red snapper fishery. I encourage the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of amendment 45, and stop work on its for-hire limited entry amendment at the council's December meeting. There is no reason to limit entry into this fisheries because the number of permits has been relatively stable over the last 10 years.
The Council needs to take a very cautionary approach to limiting access to public resources and monitor the number of permits issued each year, addressing increases in permittees only if it becomes an issue. The Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire (e.g. log books must be completed before a renewal permit is issued).
I oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf Council has shown that limited entry is the first step towards sector separation and individual catch shares. These issues have been extremely divisive in the Gulf, not only between sectors, but also within the Council itself, and have been detrimental to the recreational fishing community, the boating and recreational fishing industries, and the fishery itself.
Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. Limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.
I strongly urge the council to approve option 3 in Amendment 45 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery.
Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/29/2016 9:32:26Connor Meganconnor_megan@yamaha-motor.comAtlanta, GA 30318Private Recreational AnglerAmendment 45I would like to raise a voice against limited entry in the South Atlantic red snapper fishery. I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of amendment 45, and stop work on its for-hire limited entry amendment at the council's December meeting. There is no current reason to limit entry into this fisheries because the number of permits has been relatively stable over the last 10 years (less than 7% variation annually).
Instead, the Council should take a very cautionary approach to limiting access to public resources and monitor the number of permits issued each year, addressing increases in permittees only if it becomes an issue. Likewise, the Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire (e.g. log books must be completed before a renewal permit is issued).
I oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf Council has shown that limited entry is the first step towards sector separation and individual catch shares. These issues have been extremely divisive in the Gulf, not only between sectors, but also within the Council itself, and have been detrimental to the recreational fishing community, the boating & recreational fishing industries, and the fishery itself.
Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options still to be fully explored, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.
Again I strongly urge the council to approve option 3 in Amendment 45 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery.
Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/29/2016 10:01:46Jennifer Russelljennifer_russell@yamaha-motor.co m30152Private Recreational AnglerAmendment 45I would like to raise a voice against limited entry in the South Atlantic red snapper fishery. I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of amendment 45, and stop work on its for-hire limited entry amendment at the council's December meeting. There is no current reason to limit entry into this fisheries because the number of permits has been relatively stable over the last 10 years (less than 7% variation annually).
Instead, the Council should take a very cautionary approach to limiting access to public resources and monitor the number of permits issued each year, addressing increases in permittees only if it becomes an issue. Likewise, the Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire (e.g. log books must be completed before a renewal permit is issued).
I oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf Council has shown that limited entry is the first step towards sector separation and individual catch shares. These issues have been extremely divisive in the Gulf, not only between sectors, but also within the Council itself, and have been detrimental to the recreational fishing community, the boating & recreational fishing industries, and the fishery itself.
Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options still to be fully explored, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.
Again I strongly urge the council to approve option 3 in Amendment 45 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery.
Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/29/2016 10:02:21Austin Roebuckaustinroebuck92@gmail.comSuwannee, GA 30518Private Recreational AnglerAmendment 45 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Options Document)Please put my public comment on the record as strongly opposed to limited entry in the South Atlantic. As a Georgia citizen, I encourage the South Atlantic Council to approve Option 3 of amendment 45 at their December meeting in order to stop work on the for-hire limited entry proposal. The council should be very cautious about limiting access to public resources, and I do not believe the appropriate level of caution has been given to this proposal.
Although I live in Georgia, I also enjoy fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. I watched as limited entry paved the pathway to sector separation and individual catch shares (IFQs) in the Gulf’s federal waters. These policies have all but eliminated any private recreational fishing access for the American public to Gulf red snapper in federal waters. The South Atlantic Council should look to the Gulf Council, and understand the nightmare that these policies have created. It’s not just recreational anglers who suffer. Small businesses in the fishing tackle, boating, hospitality, and tourism industries all suffer when recreational anglers, such as myself, are denied access because of policies like limited entry, and later, sector separation. The businesses that I would usually patronize during my fishing vacations are now losing money in the absence of red snapper fishing access.
Furthermore, I believe it is fundamentally wrong for a government bureaucracy to limit access to a public resource for the benefit of a select few. It feels like a classic case of the government picking winners and losers, where the winners stand to personally profit while the American public loses.
Making the consideration of this policy more perplexing is the fact that the number of permits has been stable over the last decade. Limited entry should not even be considered until there is a reasonable belief that increases in permittees has become an issue. The council’s time would be better served exploring educational approaches, and improved reporting by charter-for-hire guides, such as a requirement that log books be completed before a permit can be renewed.
I ask the council to approve option 3 in Amendment 45 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery, so that we can put an end to the limited entry discussion. Thank you for your time.
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11/29/2016 10:30:42Larry Forresterlforresterjr@gmail.com Charlotte, NC 28277 Private Recreational AnglerRed Snapper & Recreational Reporting (Snapper Grouper Amendment 43), Recreational Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 26), Commercial Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 27), Dolphin & Yellowtail Allocations (Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10/ Snapper Grouper Amendment 44)Please stop targeting recreational fisherman's rights to please the Commercial industry.
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11/29/2016 10:54:13Bret A Glaserbret_glaser@yamaha-motor.comKennesawPrivate Recreational AnglerAmendment 45I would like to raise a voice against limited entry in the South Atlantic red snapper fishery. I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of amendment 45, and stop work on its for-hire limited entry amendment at the council's December meeting. There is no current reason to limit entry into this fisheries because the number of permits has been relatively stable over the last 10 years (less than 7% variation annually).
Instead, the Council should take a very cautionary approach to limiting access to public resources and monitor the number of permits issued each year, addressing increases in permittees only if it becomes an issue. Likewise, the Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire (e.g. log books must be completed before a renewal permit is issued).
I oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf Council has shown that limited entry is the first step towards sector separation and individual catch shares. These issues have been extremely divisive in the Gulf, not only between sectors, but also within the Council itself, and have been detrimental to the recreational fishing community, the boating & recreational fishing industries, and the fishery itself.
Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options still to be fully explored, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.
Again I strongly urge the council to approve option 3 in Amendment 45 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery.
Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/29/2016 11:07:17James E. Hardinjhardin@gradywhite.comGreenville, NC 27858Private Recreational AnglerAdmendment 45I am writing to express my opposition to limited entry in the South Atlantic red snapper fishery. Please pursue Option 3 of amendment 45. It is time to stop working towards this
There is no driving reason to limit entry into this fishery. Please be cautious about limiting access to our public trust resources and instead, focus on other methods to improve reporting for the for-hire charterboat industry.
My fears are founded in the experiences that have occurred in the Gulf and I will not rehash that situation. You have to be intimately familiar with the unacceptable situation with red snapper in the Gulf, if not, you should not be sitting on the SAMFC.
I am employed by a boat builder and unfair and poor management of our marine resources has a negative affect on our business. Very few people will purchase a boat for access to better angling opportunities when seasons are limited to less than two weeks per year.
Limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.
Again I strongly urge the council to approve option 3 in Amendment 45 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery.
Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/29/2016 11:58:43
Christopher Gatturna
cgat65@aol.comFort Myers, Florida 33919Private Recreational AnglerAmendment 45I would like to raise a voice against limited entry in the South Atlantic red snapper fishery. I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of amendment 45, and stop work on its for-hire limited entry amendment at the council's December meeting. There is no current reason to limit entry into this fisheries because the number of permits has been relatively stable over the last 10 years (less than 7% variation annually).
Instead, the Council should take a very cautionary approach to limiting access to public resources and monitor the number of permits issued each year, addressing increases in permittee s only if it becomes an issue. Likewise, the Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire (e.g. log books must be completed before a renewal permit is issued).
I oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf Council has shown that limited entry is the first step towards sector separation and individual catch shares. These issues have been extremely divisive in the Gulf, not only between sectors, but also within the Council itself, and have been detrimental to the recreational fishing community, the boating & recreational fishing industries, and the fishery itself.
Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options still to be fully explored, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.
Again I strongly urge the council to approve option 3 in Amendment 45 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery.
Thank you very much for your consideration.
Christopher Gatturna
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11/29/2016 12:10:43Lawrence Pricelaprice1910@gmail.comGreenville, SC, 29615Private Recreational AnglerRed Snapper & Recreational Reporting (Snapper Grouper Amendment 43), Recreational Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 26), Commercial Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 27)The recreational fisherman helps with the local economies in areas of: dinning, accommodations, gas, launch sites, licences , and regular attractions.
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11/29/2016 12:13:08Lawrence Pricelaprice1910@gmail.comGreenville, SC, 29615Private Recreational AnglerRed Snapper & Recreational Reporting (Snapper Grouper Amendment 43), Recreational Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 26), Commercial Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 27)I would like to raise a voice against limited entry in the South Atlantic red snapper fishery. I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of amendment 45, and stop work on its for-hire limited entry amendment at the council's December meeting. There is no current reason to limit entry into this fisheries because the number of permits has been relatively stable over the last 10 years (less than 7% variation annually).

Instead, the Council should take a very cautionary approach to limiting access to public resources and monitor the number of permits issued each year, addressing increases in permittees only if it becomes an issue. Likewise, the Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire (e.g. log books must be completed before a renewal permit is issued).

I oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf Council has shown that limited entry is the first step towards sector separation and individual catch shares. These issues have been extremely divisive in the Gulf, not only between sectors, but also within the Council itself, and have been detrimental to the recreational fishing community, the boating & recreational fishing industries, and the fishery itself.

Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options still to be fully explored, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.

Again I strongly urge the council to approve option 3 in Amendment 45 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery.

Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/29/2016 13:55:42
Brad Leatherman
Brad_Leatherman@Yamaha-Motor.com30114Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat/For-Hire, Non-Governmental Organization, my profession is within the marine industryRed Snapper & Recreational Reporting (Snapper Grouper Amendment 43), Recreational Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 26), Commercial Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 27), Dolphin & Yellowtail Allocations (Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10/ Snapper Grouper Amendment 44)Dear Mr. Collins,
As a recreational angler and boater, as well as being employed within the marine industry that relies on new boat sales and marine services that are vital to my livelihood. I would like to raise a voice against limited entry in the South Atlantic red snapper fishery. I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of amendment 45, and stop work on its for-hire limited entry amendment at the council's December meeting. There is no current reason to limit entry into this fisheries because the number of permits has been relatively stable over the last 10 years (less than 7% variation annually).
Instead, the Council should take a very cautionary approach to limiting access to public resources and monitor the number of permits issued each year, addressing increases in permittees only if it becomes an issue. Likewise, the Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire (e.g. log books must be completed before a renewal permit is issued).
I oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf Council has shown that limited entry is the first step towards sector separation and individual catch shares. These issues have been extremely divisive in the Gulf, not only between sectors, but also within the Council itself, and have been detrimental to the recreational fishing community, the boating & recreational fishing industries, and the fishery itself.
Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options still to be fully explored, limited entry should NOT be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort. In my opinion, i'd rather pay an extra fee for a stamp (similar to Florida's use of Lobster and Snook permits) instead of broad reaching limitations of our access to these resources.
Again I strongly urge the council to approve option 3 in Amendment 45 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery.
Thank you very much for your consideration on these matters.

Respectfully,
Brad Leatherman
Canton, GA
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11/29/2016 15:33:38JoAnne OBryantjoanne_obryant@yamaha-motor.comKilgorePrivate Recreational AnglerAmendment 45I would like to raise a voice against limited entry in the South Atlantic red snapper fishery. I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of amendment 45, and stop work on its for-hire limited entry amendment at the council's December meeting. There is no current reason to limit entry into this fisheries because the number of permits has been relatively stable over the last 10 years (less than 7% variation annually).
Instead, the Council should take a very cautionary approach to limiting access to public resources and monitor the number of permits issued each year, addressing increases in permittees only if it becomes an issue. Likewise, the Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire (e.g. log books must be completed before a renewal permit is issued).
I oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf Council has shown that limited entry is the first step towards sector separation and individual catch shares. These issues have been extremely divisive in the Gulf, not only between sectors, but also within the Council itself, and have been detrimental to the recreational fishing community, the boating & recreational fishing industries, and the fishery itself.
Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options still to be fully explored, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.
Again I strongly urge the council to approve option 3 in Amendment 45 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery.
Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/29/2016 22:50:01
Jerry Wayne Carter
emcoast2407800@bellsouth.netNavarre, FL 32566Private Recreational AnglerAmendment 45I would like to raise a voice against limited entry in the South Atlantic red snapper fishery. I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of amendment 45, and stop work on its for-hire limited entry amendment at the council's December meeting. There is no current reason to limit entry into this fisheries because the number of permits has been relatively stable over the last 10 years (less than 7% variation annually).
Instead, the Council should take a very cautionary approach to limiting access to public resources and monitor the number of permits issued each year, addressing increases in permittees only if it becomes an issue. Likewise, the Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire (e.g. log books must be completed before a renewal permit is issued).
I oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf Council has shown that limited entry is the first step towards sector separation and individual catch shares. These issues have been extremely divisive in the Gulf, not only between sectors, but also within the Council itself, and have been detrimental to the recreational fishing community, the boating & recreational fishing industries, and the fishery itself.
Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options still to be fully explored, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.
Again I strongly urge the council to approve option 3 in Amendment 45 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery.
Thank you very much for your consideration.
Jerry W. Carter
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11/30/2016 0:09:23Robert Danielsrdaniels39@cfl.rr.comDeltona, Florida, 32725Private Recreational AnglerRed Snapper & Recreational Reporting (Snapper Grouper Amendment 43), Recreational Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 26), Commercial Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 27), Dolphin & Yellowtail Allocations (Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10/ Snapper Grouper Amendment 44)It's so bad that we call the red snapper that we constantly catch, "government fish". Why should I care about their mortality when I can't keep a single fish? Your job as stewards of our marine resources has been disastrous. You have harmed those of us who like to catch and eat red snapper.
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11/30/2016 11:03:20David Walkerrickw@facts-eng.comPalm Harbor, Florida, 34684Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat/For-HireAmendment 45, 31, 11To Whom it may concern;

As an angler who is committed to conservation, I am opposed to limited entry in South Atlantic federally permitted for-hire fisheries.

I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of Amendments 45, 31, and 11 and stop work on the for-hire limited entry amendment.

The Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire before considering limiting participation. For example, requiring that log books must be complete and up to date before a renewal permit is issued.

I also oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf of Mexico has shown that it is the first step towards sector separation. This issue has been extremely divisive in the Gulf and has been detrimental to the recreational fishing community and the fishery itself.

Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options available, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.

Again, I strongly urge the council to approve Option 3 in Amendments 45, 31, and 11 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper, Coastal Migratory Pelagics, and Dolphin Wahoo fisheries.

Thank you very much for your consideration.
David Walker
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11/30/2016 11:06:50Bill Marshbmarsh@colonybank.comTifton GA 31794Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat/For-HireAmendments 45, 31, 11As an angler who is committed to conservation, I am opposed to limited entry in South Atlantic federally permitted for-hire fisheries.

I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of Amendments 45, 31, and 11 and stop work on the for-hire limited entry amendment.

The Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire before considering limiting participation. For example, requiring that log books must be complete and up to date before a renewal permit is issued.

I also oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf of Mexico has shown that it is the first step towards sector separation. This issue has been extremely divisive in the Gulf and has been detrimental to the recreational fishing community and the fishery itself.

Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options available, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.

Again, I strongly urge the council to approve Option 3 in Amendments 45, 31, and 11 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper, Coastal Migratory Pelagics, and Dolphin Wahoo fisheries.

Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/30/2016 11:08:13Buck Watersbuckwaters56@gmail.comOcala FL 34470Private Recreational AnglerAmendment 45, 31, 11.As an angler who is committed to conservation, I am opposed to limited entry in South Atlantic federally permitted for-hire fisheries.

I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of Amendments 45, 31, and 11 and stop work on the for-hire limited entry amendment.

The Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire before considering limiting participation. For example, requiring that log books must be complete and up to date before a renewal permit is issued.

I also oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf of Mexico has shown that it is the first step towards sector separation. This issue has been extremely divisive in the Gulf and has been detrimental to the recreational fishing community and the fishery itself.

Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options available, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.

Again, I strongly urge the council to approve Option 3 in Amendments 45, 31, and 11 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper, Coastal Migratory Pelagics, and Dolphin Wahoo fisheries.

Thanks for your time

Buck Waters
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11/30/2016 11:09:08Walter A Buschwalt@pbif.comJupiter, FL 33458Private Recreational AnglerAmendment 45, 31, 11As an angler who is committed to conservation, I am opposed to limited entry in South Atlantic federally permitted for-hire fisheries.

I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of Amendments 45, 31, and 11 and stop work on the for-hire limited entry amendment.

The Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire before considering limiting participation. For example, requiring that log books must be complete and up to date before a renewal permit is issued.

I also oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf of Mexico has shown that it is the first step towards sector separation. This issue has been extremely divisive in the Gulf and has been detrimental to the recreational fishing community and the fishery itself.

Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options available, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.

Again, I strongly urge the council to approve Option 3 in Amendments 45, 31, and 11 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper, Coastal Migratory Pelagics, and Dolphin Wahoo fisheries.

Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/30/2016 11:09:33Derek Mooredmoore@mattrangroup.comPort Charlotte, FL 33948Private Recreational AnglerFor Hire Limited Entry Amendment As an angler who is committed to conservation, I am opposed to limited entry in South Atlantic federally permitted for-hire fisheries.

I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of Amendments 45, 31, and 11 and stop work on the for-hire limited entry amendment.

The Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire before considering limiting participation. For example, requiring that log books must be complete and up to date before a renewal permit is issued.

I also oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf of Mexico has shown that it is the first step towards sector separation. This issue has been extremely divisive in the Gulf and has been detrimental to the recreational fishing community and the fishery itself.

Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options available, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.

Again, I strongly urge the council to approve Option 3 in Amendments 45, 31, and 11 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper, Coastal Migratory Pelagics, and Dolphin Wahoo fisheries.

Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/30/2016 11:09:51
Donald H Hiett Jr
dhiett@ix.netcom.com Montverde, FL 34756Private Recreational AnglerI want option 3No additional comments
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11/30/2016 11:11:51
Martin L. Williams
marty@wsurveying.comDunnellon, Florida, 34431Private Recreational AnglerRed Snapper & Recreational Reporting (Snapper Grouper Amendment 43), Recreational Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 26), Commercial Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 27), Dolphin & Yellowtail Allocations (Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10/ Snapper Grouper Amendment 44), Just please stop with the Regulatory invasion on the hard working American Fishermen. I have had it with all the regulatory confinement. Please do not do this to us and the USA. I cannot grasp the depth of the regulations imposed upon "We the People". We have had it with your phone and a pen.
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11/30/2016 11:14:47Hamilton Brownhbrown@handhbrown.comChattanooga, TN 37415Private Recreational AnglerRed Snapper & Recreational Reporting (Snapper Grouper Amendment 43) I support Option 3 for Amendments 45, 31, and 11 w
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11/30/2016 11:15:09clayton flamingclayton@ru-connected.com32533Private Recreational AnglerAll federal interferencethe federal government needs to stay out of the fishing business at all levels
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11/30/2016 11:16:36Victoria McLeodvkaymcl@gmail.comAmericusPrivate Recreational AnglerRed Snapper & Recreational Reporting (Snapper Grouper Amendment 43), Recreational Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 26), Commercial Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 27), Dolphin & Yellowtail Allocations (Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10/ Snapper Grouper Amendment 44)We have to have legislation that protects everyone. Not just a few. Comprehensive.
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11/30/2016 11:16:46Tyson Richmondtysonr@tysonr.comTampa, FL 33611Private Recreational AnglerAmendment 45, 31, 11As an angler who is committed to conservation, I am opposed to limited entry in South Atlantic federally permitted for-hire fisheries.

I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of Amendments 45, 31, and 11 and stop work on the for-hire limited entry amendment.

The Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire before considering limiting participation. For example, requiring that log books must be complete and up to date before a renewal permit is issued.

I also oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf of Mexico has shown that it is the first step towards sector separation. This issue has been extremely divisive in the Gulf and has been detrimental to the recreational fishing community and the fishery itself.

Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options available, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.

Again, I strongly urge the council to approve Option 3 in Amendments 45, 31, and 11 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper, Coastal Migratory Pelagics, and Dolphin Wahoo fisheries.
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11/30/2016 11:19:31Jon C. Leverettejon.leverette@androsysinc.com32003Private Recreational AnglerAmendment 45, 31, 11As an angler who is committed to conservation, I am opposed to limited entry in South Atlantic federally permitted for-hire fisheries.

I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of Amendments 45, 31, and 11 and stop work on the for-hire limited entry amendment.

The Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire before considering limiting participation. For example, requiring that log books must be complete and up to date before a renewal permit is issued.

I also oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf of Mexico has shown that it is the first step towards sector separation. This issue has been extremely divisive in the Gulf and has been detrimental to the recreational fishing community and the fishery itself.

Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options available, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.

Again, I strongly urge the council to approve Option 3 in Amendments 45, 31, and 11 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper, Coastal Migratory Pelagics, and Dolphin Wahoo fisheries.

Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/30/2016 11:24:06Ted Morrisontmorrison64@comcast.netJacksonville,Fl 32226Private Recreational AnglerRed Snapper & Recreational Reporting (Snapper Grouper Amendment 43), Recreational Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 26), Commercial Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 27), Dolphin & Yellowtail Allocations (Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10/ Snapper Grouper Amendment 44)Please approve Option 3 for Amendments 45, 31, and 11. Thank you, Ted
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11/30/2016 11:26:27Dennis Griffinthistle3976@gmail.comJacksonville, FL 32205Private Recreational Angler45,31,11As an angler who is committed to conservation, I am opposed to limited entry in South Atlantic federally permitted for-hire fisheries.

I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of Amendments 45, 31, and 11 and stop work on the for-hire limited entry amendment.

The Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire before considering limiting participation. For example, requiring that log books must be complete and up to date before a renewal permit is issued.

I also oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf of Mexico has shown that it is the first step towards sector separation. This issue has been extremely divisive in the Gulf and has been detrimental to the recreational fishing community and the fishery itself.

Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options available, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.

Again, I strongly urge the council to approve Option 3 in Amendments 45, 31, and 11 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper, Coastal Migratory Pelagics, and Dolphin Wahoo fisheries.

Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/30/2016 11:29:08
Anthony R Thompson
thompson.anthony@mayo.eduJacksonville Fl 32210Private Recreational AnglerRed Snapper & Recreational Reporting (Snapper Grouper Amendment 43)Alow the charter captain,s to be educated on the proper paperwork to be filed. Also came up with a common sense salution for management of the affected fish in question. Thank you for your support.
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11/30/2016 11:29:20Stanley Shenkerstanleyshenker@ymail.comDelray Beach, FL 33446Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat/For-Hire, customer of Charter/Headboat operatorsoption 3 admendments 45, 31, 11Option 3, Amendmenrs 45, 31, 11
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11/30/2016 11:30:49George Tarafagtarafa@bellsouth.netKey Largo, Florida, 33037Private Recreational AnglerCommercial Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 27)You keep regulating the little guy and letting the commercials decimate the fish stock come on do the right thing
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11/30/2016 11:35:55Lynn owens512 e. Meridian street CarrabellePrivate Recreational AnglerRed Snapper & Recreational Reporting (Snapper Grouper Amendment 43), Recreational Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 26), Commercial Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 27), Dolphin & Yellowtail Allocations (Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10/ Snapper Grouper Amendment 44)Llowens1265@gmail.com
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11/30/2016 11:37:30Chris O. Baconchrisbacon@bellsouth.netTybee Island, GA 31328Private Recreational AnglerRed Snapper & Recreational Reporting (Snapper Grouper Amendment 43), Recreational Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 26), Commercial Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 27), Dolphin & Yellowtail Allocations (Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10/ Snapper Grouper Amendment 44)Recreational access to fish through their personal vessel and no limits to number of charter captain's licenses.
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11/30/2016 11:38:09
Anthony Engelmeyer
tengelmeyer@ouc.comWinter Park, FL 32792Private Recreational AnglerAmendment 45, 31, 11As an angler who is committed to conservation, I am opposed to limited entry in South Atlantic federally permitted for-hire fisheries.

I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of Amendments 45, 31, and 11 and stop work on the for-hire limited entry amendment.

The Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire before considering limiting participation. For example, requiring that log books must be complete and up to date before a renewal permit is issued.

I also oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf of Mexico has shown that it is the first step towards sector separation. This issue has been extremely divisive in the Gulf and has been detrimental to the recreational fishing community and the fishery itself.

Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options available, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.

Again, I strongly urge the council to approve Option 3 in Amendments 45, 31, and 11 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper, Coastal Migratory Pelagics, and Dolphin Wahoo fisheries.

Thank you very much for your consideration
AJ Engelmeyer
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11/30/2016 11:40:41Robert NastNast_r@bellsouth.netLighthouse PointPrivate Recreational AnglerRed Snapper & Recreational Reporting (Snapper Grouper Amendment 43), Recreational Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 26), Commercial Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 27), Dolphin & Yellowtail Allocations (Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10/ Snapper Grouper Amendment 44)Wrong tactics
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11/30/2016 11:45:54Steven Fransonfranson2@msn.comlakeland, florida, 33811Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat/For-Hireamendments 45, 31and 11
As an angler who is committed to conservation, I am opposed to limited entry in South Atlantic federally permitted for-hire fisheries.

I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of Amendments 45, 31, and 11 and stop work on the for-hire limited entry amendment.

The Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire before considering limiting participation. For example, requiring that log books must be complete and up to date before a renewal permit is issued.

I also oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf of Mexico has shown that it is the first step towards sector separation. This issue has been extremely divisive in the Gulf and has been detrimental to the recreational fishing community and the fishery itself.

Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options available, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.

Again, I strongly urge the council to approve Option 3 in Amendments 45, 31, and 11 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper, Coastal Migratory Pelagics, and Dolphin Wahoo fisheries.

Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/30/2016 11:48:16Ralph Brownrbrown43@bellsouth.net32250Private Recreational Angler45,31,11As an angler who is committed to conservation, I am opposed to limited entry in South Atlantic federally permitted for-hire fisheries.

I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of Amendments 45, 31, and 11 and stop work on the for-hire limited entry amendment.

The Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire before considering limiting participation. For example, requiring that log books must be complete and up to date before a renewal permit is issued.

I also oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf of Mexico has shown that it is the first step towards sector separation. This issue has been extremely divisive in the Gulf and has been detrimental to the recreational fishing community and the fishery itself.

Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options available, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.

Again, I strongly urge the council to approve Option 3 in Amendments 45, 31, and 11 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper, Coastal Migratory Pelagics, and Dolphin Wahoo fisheries.

Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/30/2016 11:53:34Eric Buffkineric@buffkin.netNewberry, FL 32669Private Recreational AnglerAmendment 45, 31, 11As a recreational angler who is committed to conservation, I am opposed to limited entry in South Atlantic federally permitted for-hire fisheries.

I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of Amendments 45, 31, and 11 and stop work on the for-hire limited entry amendment.

The Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire before considering limiting participation. For example, requiring that log books must be complete and up to date before a renewal permit is issued.

I also oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf of Mexico has shown that it is the first step towards sector separation. This issue has been extremely divisive in the Gulf and has been detrimental to the recreational fishing community and the fishery itself.

Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options available, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.

Again, I strongly urge the council to approve Option 3 in Amendments 45, 31, and 11 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper, Coastal Migratory Pelagics, and Dolphin Wahoo fisheries.

Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/30/2016 11:55:23JOHN M SCOTTrenamj2002@yahoo.comCochran, GA 31014Private Recreational AnglerRed Snapper & Recreational Reporting (Snapper Grouper Amendment 43), For hire CaptainsHow exactly do you check numbers of Red Snapper???
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11/30/2016 11:57:40David MokotoffDavidmmokotoff@gmail.comSt. Petersburg, FL. 33701Private Recreational AnglerCommercial Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 27)Do not limit number of recreational captains-let free enterprise rule-
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11/30/2016 11:58:14Richard Starmeranglers.corner@gmail.comReidsville, N.C. 27320Private Recreational AnglerFor option 3, amendments 45,31, & 11As an angler who is committed to conservation, I am opposed to limited entry in South Atlantic federally permitted for-hire fisheries.

I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of Amendments 45, 31, and 11 and stop work on the for-hire limited entry amendment.

The Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire before considering limiting participation. For example, requiring that log books must be complete and up to date before a renewal permit is issued.

I also oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf of Mexico has shown that it is the first step towards sector separation. This issue has been extremely divisive in the Gulf and has been detrimental to the recreational fishing community and the fishery itself.

Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options available, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.

Again, I strongly urge the council to approve Option 3 in Amendments 45, 31, and 11 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper, Coastal Migratory Pelagics, and Dolphin Wahoo fisheries.

Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/30/2016 12:00:38
David L. Douglas
dd@ddai-engineers.comfort myers Florida 33901Private Recreational AnglerAmendment 45, 31, 11

As an angler who is committed to conservation, I am opposed to limited entry in South Atlantic federally permitted for-hire fisheries.

I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of Amendments 45, 31, and 11 and stop work on the for-hire limited entry amendment.

The Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire before considering limiting participation. For example, requiring that log books must be complete and up to date before a renewal permit is issued.

I also oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf of Mexico has shown that it is the first step towards sector separation. This issue has been extremely divisive in the Gulf and has been detrimental to the recreational fishing community and the fishery itself.

Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options available, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.

Again, I strongly urge the council to approve Option 3 in Amendments 45, 31, and 11 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper, Coastal Migratory Pelagics, and Dolphin Wahoo fisheries.

Thank you very much for your consideration.



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11/30/2016 12:01:22KENNETH KINGKINGFISH13@ATT.NETJACKSONVILLE, FL 32221Private Recreational AnglerRed Snapper & Recreational Reporting (Snapper Grouper Amendment 43), Recreational Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 26), Commercial Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 27), Dolphin & Yellowtail Allocations (Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10/ Snapper Grouper Amendment 44)WE HAVE TOO MANY REGULATIONS FOR PRIVATE AND FOR HIRE FISHING
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11/30/2016 12:01:41
USCG-licensed Captain Bill Lindsey
billlindsey1@yahoo.com Hollywood, FL 33019Private Recreational AnglerOption 3 for Amendments 45, 32 and 11Reducing the number of licensed captains to protect fish is like reducing the number of taxi drivers in hopes of reducing traffic congestion. It just puts people out of work with no positive effects gained.
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11/30/2016 12:04:28Eric Johnsonenjohnson07@gmail.comFairfax, VA 22031Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat/For-Hire“Amendment 45, 31, 11.”As an angler who is committed to conservation, I am opposed to limited entry in South Atlantic federally permitted for-hire fisheries.

I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of Amendments 45, 31, and 11 and stop work on the for-hire limited entry amendment.

The Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire before considering limiting participation. For example, requiring that log books must be complete and up to date before a renewal permit is issued.

I also oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf of Mexico has shown that it is the first step towards sector separation. This issue has been extremely divisive in the Gulf and has been detrimental to the recreational fishing community and the fishery itself.

Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options available, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.

Again, I strongly urge the council to approve Option 3 in Amendments 45, 31, and 11 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper, Coastal Migratory Pelagics, and Dolphin Wahoo fisheries.

Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/30/2016 12:10:15JIm Kellerjkeller303@gmail.comEstero, FL 33278Private Recreational AnglerFor-Hire Limited Entry Amendment.I want Option 3 for Amendments 45, 31, and 11
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11/30/2016 12:11:05Rogelio Lorenzoroge50@gmail.comOviedo, FL 32733Private Recreational AnglerAmendment 45, 31, 11As an angler who is committed to conservation, I am opposed to limited entry in South Atlantic federally permitted for-hire fisheries.

I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of Amendments 45, 31, and 11 and stop work on the for-hire limited entry amendment.

The Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire before considering limiting participation. For example, requiring that log books must be complete and up to date before a renewal permit is issued.

I also oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf of Mexico has shown that it is the first step towards sector separation. This issue has been extremely divisive in the Gulf and has been detrimental to the recreational fishing community and the fishery itself.

Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options available, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.

Again, I strongly urge the council to approve Option 3 in Amendments 45, 31, and 11 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper, Coastal Migratory Pelagics, and Dolphin Wahoo fisheries.

Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/30/2016 12:13:32Keith AdamsKeicyn@yahoo.com216 miranda lake court st augustine florida 32095Private Recreational AnglerRed Snapper & Recreational Reporting (Snapper Grouper Amendment 43), Recreational Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 26), Commercial Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 27), Dolphin & Yellowtail Allocations (Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10/ Snapper Grouper Amendment 44)Counsel need to open back up the red snapper season in the sounh Atlantic fisherie and not put a limit on charter fishing in that same fisherie
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11/30/2016 12:13:36Jackson Sewelljackson.sewell@yahoo.comOrlando, FL 32826Private Recreational AnglerAmendment 45, 31, 11As an angler who is committed to conservation, I am opposed to limited entry in South Atlantic federally permitted for-hire fisheries.

I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of Amendments 45, 31, and 11 and stop work on the for-hire limited entry amendment.

The Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire before considering limiting participation. For example, requiring that log books must be complete and up to date before a renewal permit is issued.

I also oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf of Mexico has shown that it is the first step towards sector separation. This issue has been extremely divisive in the Gulf and has been detrimental to the recreational fishing community and the fishery itself.

Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options available, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.

Again, I strongly urge the council to approve Option 3 in Amendments 45, 31, and 11 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper, Coastal Migratory Pelagics, and Dolphin Wahoo fisheries.

Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/30/2016 12:13:55Bennett Brooksbbrooks@noiseman.comPompano Beach FL 33062Private Recreational AnglerRed Snapper & Recreational Reporting (Snapper Grouper Amendment 43)As an angler who is committed to conservation, I am opposed to limited entry in South Atlantic federally permitted for-hire fisheries.

I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of Amendments 45, 31, and 11 and stop work on the for-hire limited entry amendment.

The Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire before considering limiting participation. For example, requiring that log books must be complete and up to date before a renewal permit is issued.

I also oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf of Mexico has shown that it is the first step towards sector separation. This issue has been extremely divisive in the Gulf and has been detrimental to the recreational fishing community and the fishery itself.

Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options available, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.

Again, I strongly urge the council to approve Option 3 in Amendments 45, 31, and 11 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper, Coastal Migratory Pelagics, and Dolphin Wahoo fisheries.

Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/30/2016 12:14:01
Ronald H. Thacker Sr.
rongofish@yahoo.comLindale, GA 30147Private Recreational AnglerRed Snapper & Recreational Reporting (Snapper Grouper Amendment 43), Recreational Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 26), Dolphin & Yellowtail Allocations (Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10/ Snapper Grouper Amendment 44)I am a recreational angler who has a trailerable boat and gets to fish maybe 4 times a year. The gulf recreational fishing business id just about dried up. By my estimate if I take 3 people out with me our 8 red snappers are gonna cost about $400.00 each. There is no shortage of red snapper in the gulf. You can not even catch a grouper for the red snapper. If anything lets issue tags per license for recreational anglers like deer tags used to be. The fish belong to all US citizens not just commercial fishermen. Why do you want to screw up the Atlantic like you did the gulf Nobody at the fisheries management level has the brains God gave Phillips screwdriver
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11/30/2016 12:14:23
James E. Lindsay
jim2574@gmail.comSt. Petersburg, FL 33703Private Recreational AnglerAmendments 45, 31, 11jim2574@gmail.com
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11/30/2016 12:15:13
Humberto Alvarez
ticoalva@hotmail.comStuart, FL 34997Private Recreational AnglerAmendment 45, 31, 11As an angler who is committed to conservation, I am opposed to limited entry in South Atlantic federally permitted for-hire fisheries.

I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of Amendments 45, 31, and 11 and stop work on the for-hire limited entry amendment.

The Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire before considering limiting participation. For example, requiring that log books must be complete and up to date before a renewal permit is issued.

I also oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf of Mexico has shown that it is the first step towards sector separation. This issue has been extremely divisive in the Gulf and has been detrimental to the recreational fishing community and the fishery itself.

Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options available, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.

Again, I strongly urge the council to approve Option 3 in Amendments 45, 31, and 11 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper, Coastal Migratory Pelagics, and Dolphin Wahoo fisheries.

Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/30/2016 12:28:21Robert Vasvaryrobert.vasvary@hotmail.comBoca Raton,FL 33487Private Recreational AnglerCommercial Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 27) stop work on the For-Hire Limited Entrry Amendment
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11/30/2016 12:34:15Doug Olander32819Private Recreational AnglerAmendment 45, 31, 11
As an angler who is committed to conservation, I am opposed to limited entry in South Atlantic federally permitted for-hire fisheries.

I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of Amendments 45, 31, and 11 and stop work on the for-hire limited entry amendment.

The Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire before considering limiting participation. For example, requiring that log books must be complete and up to date before a renewal permit is issued.

I also oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf of Mexico has shown that it is the first step towards sector separation. This issue has been extremely divisive in the Gulf and has been detrimental to the recreational fishing community and the fishery itself.

Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options available, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.

Again, I strongly urge the council to approve Option 3 in Amendments 45, 31, and 11 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper, Coastal Migratory Pelagics, and Dolphin Wahoo fisheries.

Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/30/2016 12:34:31Frank Navarronava8610@gmail.comCutler Bay Fl. 33189Private Recreational AnglerRed Snapper & Recreational Reporting (Snapper Grouper Amendment 43)tba
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11/30/2016 12:41:00Barry Rosebarritor@gmail.comPinellas Park, Fl 33782Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat/For-Hire45, 31, 11I am asking for you to choose option 3 for the above admendments
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11/30/2016 12:43:32
WALLY DOUGHTY
Wrdoughty@gmail,comNorth Palm Beach,Fla33408Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat/For-HireRed Snapper & Recreational Reporting (Snapper Grouper Amendment 43), Recreational Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 26), Commercial Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 27), Dolphin & Yellowtail Allocations (Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10/ Snapper Grouper Amendment 44)Too many regulations already!!
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11/30/2016 12:43:34Meko ArroyoMarroyo99@yahoo.comPort Charlotte, FL 33952Private Recreational AnglerDolphin & Yellowtail Allocations (Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10/ Snapper Grouper Amendment 44), Amendment 45, 31, 11Sample Letter

As an angler who is committed to conservation, I am opposed to limited entry in South Atlantic federally permitted for-hire fisheries.

I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of Amendments 45, 31, and 11 and stop work on the for-hire limited entry amendment.

The Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire before considering limiting participation. For example, requiring that log books must be complete and up to date before a renewal permit is issued.

I also oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf of Mexico has shown that it is the first step towards sector separation. This issue has been extremely divisive in the Gulf and has been detrimental to the recreational fishing community and the fishery itself.

Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options available, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.

Again, I strongly urge the council to approve Option 3 in Amendments 45, 31, and 11 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper, Coastal Migratory Pelagics, and Dolphin Wahoo fisheries.

Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/30/2016 12:49:41Samuel Josephsam.joseph126@gmail.comHomosassa, FL 34446Private Recreational AnglerAmendment 45, 31, 11As an angler who is committed to conservation, I am opposed to limited entry in South Atlantic federally permitted for-hire fisheries.

I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of Amendments 45, 31, and 11 and stop work on the for-hire limited entry amendment.

The Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire before considering limiting participation. For example, requiring that log books must be complete and up to date before a renewal permit is issued.

I also oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf of Mexico has shown that it is the first step towards sector separation. This issue has been extremely divisive in the Gulf and has been detrimental to the recreational fishing community and the fishery itself.

Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options available, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.

Again, I strongly urge the council to approve Option 3 in Amendments 45, 31, and 11 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper, Coastal Migratory Pelagics, and Dolphin Wahoo fisheries.

Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/30/2016 12:50:24Paul E Bednarzpaul@southlandenvirogreen.comKennesaw, GA 30144Private Recreational AnglerRecreational Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 26), Commercial Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 27)May name is Paul E Bednarz an angler who is committed to conservation, I am opposed to limited entry in South Atlantic federally permitted for-hire fisheries.  

I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of Amendments 45, 31, and 11 and stop work on the for-hire limited entry amendment. 

The Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire before considering limiting participation. For example, requiring that log books must be complete and up to date before a renewal permit is issued.

I also oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf of Mexico has shown that it is the first step towards sector separation. This issue has been extremely divisive in the Gulf and has been detrimental to the recreational fishing community and the fishery itself.  

Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action.  With many other options available, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.

Again, I strongly urge the council to approve Option 3 in Amendments 45, 31, and 11 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper, Coastal Migratory Pelagics, and Dolphin Wahoo fisheries.  

Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/30/2016 12:54:31Brent P. Kanesbpk11@yahoo.comPalm City, FL 34990Private Recreational Angler, Work in a Tackle StoreAmendment 45, 31, 11As an angler, and someone employed in a Tackle Store, who is committed to conservation, I am opposed to limited entry in South Atlantic federally permitted for-hire fisheries.

I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of Amendments 45, 31, and 11 and stop work on the for-hire limited entry amendment.

The Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire before considering limiting participation. For example, requiring that log books must be complete and up to date before a renewal permit is issued.

I also oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf of Mexico has shown that it is the first step towards sector separation. This issue has been extremely divisive in the Gulf and has been detrimental to the recreational fishing community and the fishery itself.

Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options available, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.

Again, I strongly urge the council to approve Option 3 in Amendments 45, 31, and 11 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper, Coastal Migratory Pelagics, and Dolphin Wahoo fisheries.

Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/30/2016 12:56:25John W Hammeljohnhammel99@gmail.comMiamiPrivate Recreational AnglerRed Snapper & Recreational Reporting (Snapper Grouper Amendment 43), Recreational Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 26), Commercial Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 27), Dolphin & Yellowtail Allocations (Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10/ Snapper Grouper Amendment 44)These restrictions favor commercial interests. I am against them
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11/30/2016 12:59:14C C Thompsoncct3437@embarqmail.comFort Myers, FL 33912Private Recreational AnglerOption 3Option 3
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11/30/2016 13:00:48David Rayraydavidd@gmail.comDeland, FL 32720Private Recreational Angler, Non-Governmental OrganizationRed Snapper & Recreational Reporting (Snapper Grouper Amendment 43), Recreational Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 26), Dolphin & Yellowtail Allocations (Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10/ Snapper Grouper Amendment 44)We are already over regulated.
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11/30/2016 13:03:35Dan Kimmeldjkimmel@aol.comLansing, Michigan 48910Private Recreational AnglerAmendment 45I would like to raise a voice against limited entry in the South Atlantic red snapper fishery. I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of amendment 45, and stop work on its for-hire limited entry amendment at the council's December meeting. There is no current reason to limit entry into this fisheries because the number of permits has been relatively stable over the last 10 years (less than 7% variation annually).

Instead, the Council should take a very cautionary approach to limiting access to public resources and monitor the number of permits issued each year, addressing increases in permittees only if it becomes an issue. Likewise, the Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire (e.g. log books must be completed before a renewal permit is issued).

I oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf Council has shown that limited entry is the first step towards sector separation and individual catch shares. These issues have been extremely divisive in the Gulf, not only between sectors, but also within the Council itself, and have been detrimental to the recreational fishing community, the boating & recreational fishing industries, and the fishery itself.

Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options still to be fully explored, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.

Again I strongly urge the council to approve option 3 in Amendment 45 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery.

Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/30/2016 13:04:14Richard Sandersrsterminalplus@gmail.comPunta Gorda,FL 33950Private Recreational AnglerRed Snapper & Recreational Reporting (Snapper Grouper Amendment 43), Recreational Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 26), Commercial Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 27), Dolphin & Yellowtail Allocations (Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10/ Snapper Grouper Amendment 44)There are too many regulations without the resources to keep in check.
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11/30/2016 13:10:30Richard L BushBusharoni@gmail.comLargo, Fl, 33770Private Recreational AnglerRed Snapper & Recreational Reporting (Snapper Grouper Amendment 43), Recreational Visioning Amendment (Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 26), Dolphin & Yellowtail Allocations (Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10/ Snapper Grouper Amendment 44)Limited licensing of charter captains
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11/30/2016 13:11:33Kerry Bullerdickkerrybull8@yahoo.comHudson, FL. 34667Private Recreational Angler45, 31, 11As an angler who is committed to conservation, I am opposed to limited entry in South Atlantic federally permitted for-hire fisheries.

I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of Amendments 45, 31, and 11 and stop work on the for-hire limited entry amendment.

The Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire before considering limiting participation. For example, requiring that log books must be complete and up to date before a renewal permit is issued.

I also oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf of Mexico has shown that it is the first step towards sector separation. This issue has been extremely divisive in the Gulf and has been detrimental to the recreational fishing community and the fishery itself.

Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options available, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.

Again, I strongly urge the council to approve Option 3 in Amendments 45, 31, and 11 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper, Coastal Migratory Pelagics, and Dolphin Wahoo fisheries.

Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/30/2016 13:12:15Paul Bertellpaulbertell@gmail.comcoral gables, fl, 33146Private Recreational AnglerAmendment 45, 31, 11As an angler who is committed to conservation, I am opposed to limited entry in South Atlantic federally permitted for-hire fisheries.

I urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to pursue Option 3 of Amendments 45, 31, and 11 and stop work on the for-hire limited entry amendment.

The Council should explore other regulatory and educational approaches that can improve reporting by charter for-hire before considering limiting participation. For example, requiring that log books must be complete and up to date before a renewal permit is issued.

I also oppose limited entry in the South Atlantic because experience in the Gulf of Mexico has shown that it is the first step towards sector separation. This issue has been extremely divisive in the Gulf and has been detrimental to the recreational fishing community and the fishery itself.

Limited entry is being promoted to the South Atlantic Council by a select few that would stand to profit financially from this action. With many other options available, limited entry should not be considered at this time and should only be considered in the future as a last resort.

Again, I strongly urge the council to approve Option 3 in Amendments 45, 31, and 11 to the fishery management plan for the Snapper Grouper, Coastal Migratory Pelagics, and Dolphin Wahoo fisheries.

Thank you very much for your consideration.
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11/30/2016 13:13:06Mike McLeanRaleigh, NC, 27609Private Recreational AnglerOption 3 for Amendments 45, 31, and 11 will stop work on the For-Hire Limited Entrry Amendment.I want Option 3 for Amendments 45, 31, and 11 that will stop work on the For-Hire Limited Entry Amendment. Thank you.
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