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Old 05-29-2014, 01:31 PM   #1
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I hate to even give publicity to these jackoffs, but a friend of mine forwarded this to me, makes you want to puke!

As a resident of Florida, you know how vital the Gulf of Mexico is to this region. It is home to some of North America's most beautiful coastlines and most important fisheries, uniting coastal communities from Florida to Texas.

But, living near the Gulf also teaches us that nature is not inexhaustible. Decades of overfishing have transformed the marine ecosystems in the Gulf and put many of our fisheries on the brink of collapse.

For years, with your support, we've been advocating to fix the fishery management system in the Gulf to better protect marine wildlife and sustainable fishing. And, working closely with commercial fishermen, we've made remarkable progress.

But, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is currently considering a backward proposal that would hurt hard-working commercial fishermen and drastically undermine the progress we've made.

I'm writing to you today because I hope you'll join our Share the Gulf campaign to help stop this backward and counter-productive proposal in its tracks.

Your voice in this fight is urgently needed to counter the efforts of the powerful and politically influential groups lobbying leaders in the Gulf.

This proposal would strip commercial fishermen of nearly half a million pounds of red snapper next year and severely limit their share of the fishery in the future. All of that fish will end up in the recreational fishery where it won't help anglers and won't fix the years of overages that have occurred under the current recreational management.

Recreational fishermen need a new management plan that will help them stay within their limit and improve their access to the fishery, not fish taken through a political scheme from consumers and Gulf seafood businesses.

Taking these fish away from commercial fishermen, who operate under sustainable fishing practices, before we get the rules right for recreational fishing is backwards and will undermine the long-term recovery of Gulf Coast fisheries.

A decision on this proposal is expected over the summer, so there’s very little time to act.

Please join our Share the Gulf campaign to help us fight back and speak out for the long-term health and recovery of Gulf Coast fisheries.

I hope you'll stand with us in this important fight.

Thank you,

Heather Shelby
Action Network Coordinator
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Old 05-29-2014, 01:40 PM   #2
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So taking the quota from one group and giving it to another will harm the environment???

There are so few Snapper now, that I caught a 29 inch one on the surface last weekend while fishing for King Mackerel!
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Old 05-29-2014, 02:22 PM   #3
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If you go to thier website, they are located in New York.
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What a bunch oh jackasses!
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Read second paragraph. Steve Southerland is on top of this crap.



Recreational Fishing Alliance Contact: Jim Hutchinson, Jr. / 888-564-6732
For Immediate Release May 29, 2014

CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE APPROVES 'FLEXIBILITY'
RFA Supported Magnuson Reform Bill Moves Closer To House Vote

The House Natural Resources Committee voted today to move HR 4742, the "Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act," to the floor of the House for a vote. The committee vote to approve incorporation of limited flexibility measures in the federal fisheries law was approved by a vote of 24-17 along purely partisan lines.
Bipartisan amendments, on the other hand, offered by Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL) and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) respectively to restrict trading of fish allocation within the commercial sector while initiating improvements to recreational fishing data collected by NOAA Fisheries were supported by members of the committee.

"Today's vote was the first step in ensuring our fishermen have a voice in establishing any new catch share programs, while addressing inflexibility in rebuilding plans and moving us closer to a data collection solution," said Rep. Southerland. "I look forward to ensuring our fishermen's interests are addressed as I work with members of both parties to pass Magnuson reauthorization in the House this year."

Earlier this week, the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) sent a nationwide bulletin in support of HR 4742, urging House Natural Resource committee members to vote in favor of the bill along with both the Southerland and Pallone amendments.

HR 4742 was introduced by committee Chair Doc Hastings (R-WA) in an effort to improve and strengthen many of the provisions of the current Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Key components of the legislation came about as a result of RFA's frequent political action in Washington in support of additional management flexibility and access to healthy fish stocks. Key language in the Hastings bill would address annual catch limits and accountability measures in the recreational sector, while providing management latitude in deadlines for rebuilding fish stocks.

"Congress should be focused on policies that promote an America that works - and when over a million Americans' jobs are tied to fishing, whether commercial or recreational fishing, renewing and improving the Magnuson-Stevens Act should be a priority." Hastings said today during the hearing. "I know there are still areas of disagreement, but even with areas of disagreement, I believe we have addressed a lot of concerns raised by outside groups and the Ranking Member."

RFA executive director Jim Donofrio praised Chairman Hastings for working with ranking member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) to ensure that many of the democrat concerns were addressed in the final legislation.

"Today's action gives me hope that we can see some type of federal fisheries reform in the very near future, that both Houses can come together to help balance commerce and conservation in support of our nation's saltwater anglers," Donofrio added.




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Old 05-30-2014, 01:21 AM   #6
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I hate to even give publicity to these jackoffs, but a friend of mine forwarded this to me, makes you want to puke!

As a resident of Florida, you know how vital the Gulf of Mexico is to this region. It is home to some of North America's most beautiful coastlines and most important fisheries, uniting coastal communities from Florida to Texas.

But, living near the Gulf also teaches us that nature is not inexhaustible. Decades of overfishing have transformed the marine ecosystems in the Gulf and put many of our fisheries on the brink of collapse.

For years, with your support, we've been advocating to fix the fishery management system in the Gulf to better protect marine wildlife and sustainable fishing. And, working closely with commercial fishermen, we've made remarkable progress.

But, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is currently considering a backward proposal that would hurt hard-working commercial fishermen and drastically undermine the progress we've made.

I'm writing to you today because I hope you'll join our Share the Gulf campaign to help stop this backward and counter-productive proposal in its tracks.

Your voice in this fight is urgently needed to counter the efforts of the powerful and politically influential groups lobbying leaders in the Gulf.

This proposal would strip commercial fishermen of nearly half a million pounds of red snapper next year and severely limit their share of the fishery in the future. All of that fish will end up in the recreational fishery where it won't help anglers and won't fix the years of overages that have occurred under the current recreational management.

Recreational fishermen need a new management plan that will help them stay within their limit and improve their access to the fishery, not fish taken through a political scheme from consumers and Gulf seafood businesses.

Taking these fish away from commercial fishermen, who operate under sustainable fishing practices, before we get the rules right for recreational fishing is backwards and will undermine the long-term recovery of Gulf Coast fisheries.

A decision on this proposal is expected over the summer, so there’s very little time to act.

Please join our Share the Gulf campaign to help us fight back and speak out for the long-term health and recovery of Gulf Coast fisheries.

I hope you'll stand with us in this important fight.

Thank you,

Heather Shelby
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Wasn't this sent in a email to him personally? This was not sent out publicly.
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If you go to thier website, they are located in New York.
Yes, that is their main station. And they a about 4 more stations.
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Old 06-03-2014, 11:24 AM   #8
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Correct Debbie, it was sent in an email, like the same E-blasts we all get from other organizations. Whoever wrote it has their head so far up their arse its not even funny.
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Old 06-03-2014, 10:54 PM   #9
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The seafood industry has to be funding this B.S. I would say that the huge fish market in New York is funding their website to put this out about "the poor commercial fishermen".
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