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    Exclamation Red Snapper Allocation Meeting

    While ECRA as an organization does not take an official position on these matters, we believe it's important to keep our members informed on fishery issues that will affect them. (See attached flier)

    There is a VERY important Red Snapper Allocation meeting next week in Panama City. They are taking public comments on changing the Red Snapper Total Allowable Catch from the current 51% Commercial / 49% Recreational and changing it to 75% Recreational / 25% Commercial.

    At these meetings, they listen to public comments. The Commercial interests always show up in large numbers and the recreational fishermen always stay home. This is everyone's chance to let their voice be heard. They will only hear you if you show up and speak-up.

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    Amendment 28 examnes allocating red snapper resources between the commercial and recreational sectors to increasee the net benefits from red snapper fishing and improve the stabilty of the red snapper component of the reef fish fishery, particularly for the recreational sector.

    This proposal is in the LAST stage before it goes to a vote for final action! You need to comment

    There are 7 options being considered by the Council for re-allocating any increase in quota.


    • The Commercial fishermen and the Charter guys who have dual permits are pushing for option 1. That option would leave the status quo where they would continue to get 51% of the entire total allowable catch (TAC)
    • The CCA is pushing for option 5 that would give 75% of any increase in Total allowable catch (TAC) to the recreational sector and 25% to the Commercial
    • The RFA is pushing for option 6 that would give 100% of any increase in quota to the recreational sector


    You should look a the attached document and decide which option you support and submit your comments here: http://www.gulfcouncil.org/council_m...Allocation.php

    Go here and you can watch a video presentation on the proposal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdiOm...m-upload_owner

    If you want to read the entire ammendment proposal, go here: http://www.gulfcouncil.org/docs/amen...rch%202014.pdf

    To read online comments that have been posted, go here: https://docs.google.com/a/valp.net/s...IVDJ6cWc#gid=0
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    Last night, I read all 1064 comments that have been submitted to the Gulf Council about this amendment. I was happy to see a couple familiar names, besides my own, but surprised at how few private recreational fishermen have taken the 30 seconds to click on a link and submit one sentence...I support option # ___. I was surprised to see how many recreational fishermen posted their gripes and then failed to choose an option. Those posters wasted their time becasue they didn't make their choice known.

    This is the first time the Gulf Council has ever even considered increasing the recreational allocation and the rec guys won't even take 30 seconds to support that notion. Very interesting.

    Ask and ye shall receive. This is your chance to ask and all you have to do is pick an option you support and specifically ask for that option. The first post in this thread has a list of options for you to choose from.

    The range is from Option 1 that keeps the status quo of 51% Commercial 49% Recreational even when the allocation increases to Option 6 that gives 100% of any increase of allocation to the recreational sector. Look them over and if you like one of the options better than all the rest, let the Gulf Council know which option you would like to see implemented.

    Go here to post your choice: http://www.gulfcouncil.org/council_m...Allocation.php
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