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1/23/2013 6:09:30Rick Cookelariverdog@yahoo.comPlease leave the regulations as they currently stand. By your own numbers, populations are not over fished. This is a situation where if "it aint broke, don't fix it" needs to be applied. Why implement change when it is not necessary?
Regarding venting, tools should be required to be on the boat, but up to the captain and crew when and if needed. I for one, do not wish to see the GOM littered with floating ARS when boats are trying to catch the biggest snapper possible while letting the 10 to 15 lbs ones float in the current.
Private Recreational Angler
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1/23/2013 9:18:44Hunter P. Forethforet@towerenginc.comreally......................lafayette,la 70507Private Recreational Angler
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1/23/2013 14:12:37Richard Meyersrskcm@yahoo.comI agree with the prefered recomendations about bag limits. The venting tool I agree with not needing or using one as lond as a recompression tool (a tool that reintroduces the fish to the column of water from where it came) is used. They work and are easy to use.Midlothian Texas 76065Private Recreational Angler
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2/2/2013 10:24:05Bill D Brownbbrown@belthermal.comI currently use descending devices on the Atlantic Coast to help deep water fish recover from barotrauma. The devices are effective, easy to use and inexpensive. NOAA studies on the Pacific coast have indicated 90% and above survival rates for fish returned to depth quickly after capture. From personal experience I can tell you that fish caught in 350 feet of water and released at 150 feet appeared to liven up and swim the rest of the way to the bottom under there own power.

I would wholeheartedly support a mandatory requirement for the use of barotrauma recovery devices on all affected species.

Sincerely,
Bill Brown
President
Bel Thermal Units, Inc.
MiamiPrivate Recreational Angler
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2/7/2013 19:22:43Randy Boggsgonefishn@gulftel.comThe reduction of the vermillion snapper bag limit based on a one year spike in harvest by recreational and charter for hire (CFH) is a knee jerk reaction that should not occur. The 2010 oil spill prevented most fishermen from harvesting vermillion and resulted in the lowest catch in years. A one year jump may be an anomoly from the oil spill, better survey data, or the fact of effort shift. Please remember that the commercial fishermen have no trip limit, no allowable catch, and a 365 day windoe to harvest the fish. The state of Florida has held the bag limit at 10 fish per person for the recreational/CFH for several years, The federal fisheries bag limit booklet was not updated until 2010 and also showed a bag limit of 10 fish per person. The CFH industry has taken most of the cuts in the past few years. We need these fish. It would be different if we took a lion share. We only get to harvest 14%-28%. Our highest year, 2011, we took 1M pouds versus 3M commercial. Don't cut us without an equal cut to the commercial sector.Orange Beach, AL 36561Charter/Headboat For-Hire
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