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    Default IMPORTANT Gulf Council Meeting & vote

    There will be an important Gulf Council Meeting Wednesday October 22 in Mobile Alabama. The Gulf Council will hear public comments from 2:30 -7:30 PM on the topic of Sector Separation, then they will vote on the matter. This is the FINAL hearing on Sector Separation.

    This is the last chance for people to voice their views. If sector separation is passed, the red snapper fishery will be privately owned by the charter for hire sector and the commercial sector. The commercial sector already has been gifted 51% of the entire red snapper fishery and the charter sector wants to be gifted approximately 25% of the entire red snapper fishery. That will leave about 1/4 of the the entire Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper fishery for every private fisherman in all the 5 Gulf Coast States combined to share. It is doubtful that the private recreational fishermen would be able to take more than a fish or two per year with that small of an allocation. Sector Separation will, in effect, give 1,200 charter boats and 400 commercial boats in the Gulf of Mexico, ownership of 3/4 of all the red snapper in the gulf. Just to give you some perspective, there are approximately 2.5 million+ private anglers in Florida alone.

    This vote on sector separation is going to be followed up in a year or two with an ammendment that allows them to sell us quota. The amendment proposal is already written and waiting for sector separation to pass. If you don't believe me, go to the gulf council website and you will see that what I'm telling you is true. Go here and scroll down to Inter-Sector Trading : http://www.gulfcouncil.org/fishery_m...ementation.php

    Please plan to attend this very important meeting and stand up for your right to fish!

    If the private guys don't show up at this meeting, it is doubtful that they will ever be allowed to catch red snapper again unless they pay to go on a charter.

    If your right it fish is important to you, I will see you at the meeting in Mobile. If you need a ride, let me know.

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    Meeting Announcement
    October 2, 2014



    Gulf Council to Meet in Mobile, Alabama


    The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet October 20 - 23, 2014, at the Battle House Renaissance Hotel in Mobile, Alabama.

    Committee meetings will convene Monday at 8:30 am, concluding Wednesday at 11:00 am.
    Some of the Committee highlights include:

    The Law Enforcement Committee, will meet jointly with the Law Enforcement Advisory Panel and the Gulf States Law Enforcement Committee to discuss the usefulness of charter-for-hire decals and to review a draft definition of charter fishing. The Committee will also discuss:
    • Port Eads, Louisiana Marina Access;
    • Office of Law Enforcement Gulf Restructuring;
    • 2015-2016 Cooperative Enforcement Operations Plan; and
    • State Report Highlights.
    The Red Drum Management Committee will review a scoping document for Recreational Red Drum Management and hear an update from the Special Red Drum Working group, which met at the end of September.

    The Data Collection Management Committee is meeting to hear a summary of the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) Calibration Workshop. Also on the Committee agenda are discussions regarding:
    • South Atlantic Council Recommendations for Electronic Charter Boat Reporting;
    • Species Reporting Requirements under the Joint Electronic Dealer Reporting Amendment; and
    • Strategies to Improve Private Recreational Data Collection and Management.
    The Reef Fish Management Committee will meet to:
    • Review Estimates of Red Snapper Abundance on Alabama's Offshore Reefs;
    • Review Amendment 39 - Red Snapper Regional Management;
    • Take Final Action on Amendment 40 - Recreational Red Snapper Sector Separation;
    • Review the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program;
    • Review the Gag Overfishing Limit (OFL) and Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC);
    • Take Final Action on a Recreational Red Grouper Bag Limit and Accountability Measures Framework Action;
    • Review Hogfish Benchmark Assessment OFL and ABC;
    • Review Options Paper for Greater Amberjack Annual Catch Limit/Annual Catch Target;
    • Discuss Amendment 28 - Red Snapper Allocation; and
    • Hear Southeast Fisheries Science Center Comments on Red Snapper Abundance Graph.
    The Mackerel Management Committee is scheduled to take final action on Framework Amendment 2 for Atlantic Migratory Grouper Spanish Mackerel Trip Limits, and discuss King Mackerel Gill Net concerns.


    The Shrimp Management Committee will take final action on Amendment 15 - Status Determination Criteria for Penaeid Shrimp and Adjustments to the Shrimp Framework Procedure, as well as final action on Amendment 16 - Adjustments to the Annual Catch Limit and Accountability Measures for Royal Red Shrimp. The Committee will also review a Scoping Document addressing the Shrimp Permit Moratorium and receive an update on the 2013 Shrimp Effort and Electronic Logbook Program.


    Other committees meetings include:
    • Administrative Policy and Budget/Personnel Committees
    • Gulf SEDAR Committee to receive updates on the King Mackerel Assessment and the SEDAR Steering Committee meeting. The Committee will also review the SEDAR Schedule and Fishery Research and Socio-economic Priorities for 2015-2019.
    The full Council will convene Wednesday at 11:00 am to receive the following presentations:
    • Proposed Rule Update for Aquaculture
    • Evaluation of the Status of Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle
    • Update on Red Snapper Federal Violations
    The Council will hear public testimony from 2:30 pm to 7:30 pm, with a break from 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Public testimony will be taken on:
    • Final Action - Reef Fish Amendment 40 - Red Snapper Sector Separation
    • Final Action - Shrimp Amendment 15 - Status Determination Criteria for Penaeid Shrimp and Adjustments to the Shrimp Framework Procedure
    • Final Action - Shrimp Amendment 16 - Adjustments to the Annual Catch Limit and Accountability Measures for Royal Red Shrimp
    • Final Action - Framework Action to Modify Recreational Red Grouper Bag Limits and Accountability Measures
    • Final Action - Coastal Migratory Pelagics Framework Amendment 2 - Atlantic Migratory Group Spanish Mackerel Trip Limits
    • Open Public Testimony on any other fishery issue or concern
    The full Council will resume Thursday at 8:30 am to deliberate and take action on committee recommendations made earlier in the week. Before adjourning, the Council will
    review and approve the draft 2015 Committee Appointments. The meeting will conclude by 5:30 pm Thursday.

    For a copy of the detailed agendas, or to watch the meeting live, please visit http://gulfcouncil.org/council_meetings/index.php or call 888-833-1844. Briefing materials can be downloaded from the Council FTP site at https://public.gulfcouncil.org:5001/webman/index.cgi - username and password are both gulfguest.

    About the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
    The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional Fishery Management Councils established by the Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976. The Council prepares fishery management plans, which are designed to manage fishery resources within the 200-mile limit of the Gulf of Mexico.

    Submit comments and stay updated on fishery issues:
    Check it out! Go to www.gulfcouncil.org and click on the thermometer in the middle of the page. From there you can read up on all the pending actions, watch the video presentations, read comments, and submit your own. All comments submitted through the online form are automatically posted on our web site for Council review. Other comments are manually posted every couple of days.

    There is also a thermometer for each issue that lets you know where the Council is in the process for that particular amendment, whether it's the scoping phase, final action, or implementation.

    You can also find information on our Facebook page, blog, and YouTube channel.




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    Attached is a Letter from the CCA to the Gulf Council regarding sector separation. It appears that they are prepared to sue if sector separation passes.

    A lawsuit is no guarantee that sector separation will be defeated. If you want to protect your access to the red snapper fishery, you need to engage!
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    Council Agenda
    Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council

    Battle House Renaissance Mobile
    26 N. Royal Street
    Mobile, AL 36602

    Moonlight Ballroom
    Mobile, Alabama
    October 22-23, 2014

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014 (Public Comments Wednesday October 22nd 2:30pm - 7:30pm)

    I. 11:00 am – 11:05 am: Call to Order and Introductions – Anson
    II. 11:05 am – 11:10 am: Adoption of Agenda1 and Approval of Minutes
    (Tab A, No. 5, 6) – Anson
    III. 11:10 am – 11:15 am: Approval of 2015 Committee Appointments (Tab A, No. 3) –
    Anson
    IV. 11:15 am – 12:00 noon: Presentations
     Proposed Rule Update for the Aquaculture FMP – Beck/Crabtree
     Evaluation of the Status of Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Following the 2010 Deepwater
    Horizon Spill Using a Revised Assessment Model – Gallaway
     Update on Red Snapper Federal Violations – T. Dunn
    V. 1:30 pm –2:30 pm: Presentations (continued)
    – Recess –
    VI. 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Public Comment 2, 3, 4, 5 – Anson
    A. Agenda Testimony
    1. Final Action on Reef Fish Amendment 40 – Sector Separation

    2. Final Action on Shrimp Amendment 15 – Status Determination Criteria for
    Penaeid Shrimp and Adjustments to the Shrimp Framework Procedure
    3. Final Action on Shrimp Amendment 16 – Adjustments to the Annual Catch
    Limit and Accountability Measures for Royal Red Shrimp

    1. The established times for addressing items on the Council agendas, except for those setting times for public comment, may be adjusted as necessary to accommodate the timely completion of discussion relevant to the agenda items. (Usually 1-3 minutes)

    2. Persons wishing to give public testimony must turn in a registration card before the beginning of the public comment period. During public comment
    the Council will hear testimony related to final actions of the Council and pertinent agenda items. Time constraints may limit individual speaking time as determined by the presiding officer.


    3. Any oral or written statement shall include a brief description of the background and interests of the person testifying and the source and date of any
    specific information. Persons wishing to submit written testimony or information can do so by emailing it to gulfcouncil@gulfcouncil.org All written
    comments will be posted on the Council’s website for viewing by Council members and the public.
    To help ensure that Council members have sufficient time to consider your written testimony, please submit your comments at least three business days prior to the start of the Council
    meeting.


    4. Oral or written communications provided to the Council are public documents. These communications will be made available to the public in their
    entirety and maintained by the Council as part of its permanent record. Further, knowingly and willfully submitting false information to the Council is a violation of Federal law.

    5. Anyone wishing to use electronic visual aids during public testimony must provide staff with a copy of the material at least one hour before comment begins to allow for a virus scan of said material.
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    If you can't make the meeting in Mobile, I highly recommend that you send your comments to the Gulf Council by clicking on the link below. Make sure you stick to the sector separation topic and be clear as to how you want them to vote.

    Governor Rick Scott appointed Pam Dana, of Destin Florida, to represent the state of Florida as a voting member of the Gulf Council. You may want to contact him and let him know that access to the red snapper fishery is important to you and why. He may not be aware that this very important vote is coming up on October 23rd! Let him know how you would like Pam to vote next week! Click the link below to send him a message.

    Gulf Council
    http://www.gulfcouncil.org/council_m...Separation.php

    Governor Rick Scott
    http://www.flgov.com/contact-gov-sco...l-the-governor
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    This is being distributed by the CCA

    Commission's stand for anglers deserves recognition

    A crucial vote on a highly controversial management measure for Gulf red snapper is scheduled for next week during the Gulf Council's meeting in Mobile. Known as Amendment 40 - Sector Separation, it is a radical departure from traditional management methods that will allow a broken management system to stay in place for most recreational anglers, and grant special access privileges to a select group of charter/for-hire operators.

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission exhibited the type of visionary leadership necessary to address this complicated issue with a thoughtful letter to the Gulf Council, stating that Commissioners were concerned private anglers would be "cast as an after-thought in the Council's sector separation proposal and would face additional severe harvest cuts under the proposed allocation shift."

    As the critical vote draws near, proponents of this privatization scheme - environmental groups, commercial fishing entities and a select few charter/for-hire businesses - are applying tremendous pressure to undermine FWC's stand for anglers and our continued access to the resources of the Gulf. It is important for us to let FWC Commissioners know that we appreciate their support and are grateful for their leadership and foresight.

    Please take a moment to send a message to the Commission and let them know we are proud to stand with them in this fight.


    Click the link below to log in and send your message:
    https://www.votervoice.net/link/targ...J9qqi8t5E.aspx
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