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Old 06-18-2013, 01:55 PM   #1
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At the National Marine Fishery meeting today and it's sounding pretty good... Nothing is set in stone yet, but it definitely sounds like we're going to get more days. They aren't sure if there is time to go through the process and get the days added on, so we may get a fall season in September and October. Here is what their looking at factoring in the inconsistent state waters seasons and considering that the states will likely also reopen state waters for a fall season

14-17 days during peak season
20-29 fall season weekends only
29-36 fall season continuous
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Old 06-18-2013, 01:59 PM   #2
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That's great news
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:06 PM   #3
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After screwing the recreational fisherman countless times by increasing the minimum size, decreasing the catch limit, and reducing the season, the government now tosses us a bone by saying that the season could be extended.
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praise the lord, new boat isn't expected to be delivered until middle august, may get a chance to get some ARS on my own boat after all!
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I was able to get out on one ARS trip this season, and it doesn't look like I'll be able to get out on another...but, I like to see a longer season for the little devils. It's great to see fellas bring back loads of em. One of the tastiest fish the Gulf offers. I hope this happens! It'd be a great local economy boost! YRM
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Thanks Capt.
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Thanks for the info Chris keep us posted.
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Thanks Chris, for the positive news,
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This is a good start in the right direction. Hopefully this will only continue in the future.
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Old 06-18-2013, 09:28 PM   #10
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Well I just finished up at the informal round table discussion with Roy and it seems like things are going to start improving, but of course at a slow rate like anything else that the government tries to do. The round table was made up of about 15 commercial fisherman, 10 charter boat captains (mostly CFA guys from Texas), 6-8 scientists, and me since all of my crew is busy with charters. Roy said "We're at the point where the season should stop getting shorter and shorter," so that's pretty positive considering it came from Mr. Negativity. As long as they don't skew the numbers and say we went over our quota we will definitely get more days, likely in a fall season. I think the recent political pressure has showed Roy that he is not the king of the castle. He even made a comment regarding how the last three months have given him a lot of gray hairs. With the new stock assessment the TAC is now going to be over 11 million pounds for 2013 increased from less than 9 million given earlier this year. I think the next step we have to make is for the recreational sector to take some of the 51% that is currently being given to the commercial sector.
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