Framework to Modify Number of Unrigged Hooks On Longline Vessels (Responses)
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6/6/17Eric Brazereric@shareholdersalliance.orgShareholders AllianceOn behalf of the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance (Shareholders’ Alliance), please accept these comments on the following issues to be discussed at the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Gulf Council) meeting in Naples, Florida this week.
Abbreviated Framework Action to Modify the Number of Unrigged Hooks Carried Onboard Bottom Longline Vessels.
The Shareholders’ Alliance supports Option 3 – modify the total number of hooks to be unlimited of which no more than 750 hooks are fished or rigged for fishing. This would allow bottom longline fishermen to carry more spare hooks onboard than the 250 they’re allowed to today, which often isn’t enough to cover hook loss that has increased in recent years due to increased shark interactions. Option 3 would increase the economic profitability of bottom longline trips and should not increase interactions with protected species.
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