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Old 01-18-2013, 04:47 PM   #21
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OK, It seems evident people on the forum want to go non-complient. How about we start doing something about it. Lets get a group together of about six and come up with a plan to make sure the FWC know the majority of recreational fisherman support non-complience. We will have to be able to discuss pros and cons with them, get legislaters on our side, get petitions signed and publicize it. Channel 3 is not our friend. I saw thier take on the proposed regs the other day and they only showed interviews with people who thought more regulation would be good. I'm willing to help, but we need more people who are willing to put some time in this. The only way we are going to protect our righjt to fish is to be heard. Suggestions and volunteers are appreciated.
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:49 PM   #22
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Chris, it looks like you and Matt support non-compliance. Do the other Charter Captains have the same opinions?
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:50 PM   #23
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:55 PM   #24
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We are gaining their support slowly, we have a group of Orange Beach charter captains who are on board and gained support from a few of the Destin and Panama City guys last night. We've had little opposition, just not enough opportunity to speak to people YET.

It's hard to convince someone to give up the little piece they have left, but unfortunately we (charter captains) realistically don't have anything left. A two - four week season in the peak of our busy season is nothing.
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:11 PM   #25
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:55 PM   #27
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The sad part of it is that Congressman Miller, just sits on his hands. Its not like he doesn't know about it. He claims to be a conservative, which means less govt, so you would think he would be dancing on tables to help the people of his District. NOT!! He along with the other gulf coast Ccongressman as a group, could put alot of pressure on NMFS, but its not happening as far as I can tell.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:15 PM   #28
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:01 PM   #29
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I am for it. While it would be nice to have the whole gulf fishery managed reasonably managed by a central authority, the NMFS has proven time and again that they are absolutely incapable of intelligently managing the fishery. Their collection and use of data, estimates, regulations, and change management process ranges from inept at best to ridiculously idiotic.

It is time for a better management solution.
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:13 PM   #30
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Although I live in MS I love fishing in Florida. I am in agreement and think all the states should go non-compliant. Like most of you I am fed up with our sorry disfunctional government. I attended the meeting in Biloxi on Tuesday and was extremely disappointed in the number of people there. There was probably less than 15. One third was charter, one third recreational and another 5 that was media or conservation officers.
People if you don't show up at the meetings and never write your representatives or send your comments in writing to these counsels, it's the same as agreeing with what is happening. No opposition = agreement. I want thank those that do send the letters and attend the meetings.

Something to think about....If the states go non-compliant and the feds pull their funding do you think the state will patrol federal waters and enforce federal rules? I'm willing to bet not.
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