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Old 11-04-2009, 09:45 AM   #1
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for those interested recievedbelow via email today.

<SPAN lang=EN>Congress has an oversight committee looking into some of our concerns. We urge you to take action on this issue now.

Simply follow this link to find a letter and contact informaiton.

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Take action! Get in the fight now.



Thanks-



Denny O'Hern

Executive Director

This is the first letter of many to come:

You should make comment by Thursday, November 5th to the email shown below. Simply sign your name, address and phone number to the letter.

Please email a copy to the FRA at [email protected]<P align=center>Download the letter here: Letter in WORD Letter in pdf

Text below-<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px">Katherine Romans
Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife
Committee on Natural Resources
U.S. House of Representatives
187 Ford House Office Building
202.226.0200
Romans, Katherine [email protected]

Dear Ms. Bordallo,

Thank you very much for the opportunity to comment on the recent Subcommittee on Insular Affairs meeting on the role and extent of science used in rulemaking under the current Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

What you and your committee heard in testimony from NOAA's own scientists and from members of the fishing community was overwhelmingly consistent;that the means, methods and results of NMFS stock assessments are wholly inadequate to provide any meaningful basis for establishing the annual catch limits for reef fisheries in all the council regions.

You heard that the assessments conflict with direct observations of reef fish populations by charterboat operators, commercial fishermen and everyday recreational fishermen.

You also heard that imposition of these foundationless and often backwards regulatory constraints have had and will increasingly have a devastating effect on commercial and recreational fisheries economies across the nation. <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px">For example, according the Department of Commerce?s Fisheries Economic of the United States, recreational saltwater anglers from North Carolina to Texas numbered over 12 million, spent more than 26 BILLION dollars, created an additional economic impact of over 8 billion dollars and generated 233,322 jobs. Here in Florida, 130,900 jobs and 23 billion dollars in economic impact drives a lot of industry. This one closure of the American red snapper fishery could cause the loss of a large portion of this revenue as well as the loss of as many as 40,000 recreational fishing-related jobs.

Again, this loss would be the result of nothing more than an error in the way these populations are determined. And what you heard echoes the congressional mandate to fix this broken system before more damage is done. Yet beyond all evidence to the contrary and the belief of all observing, NOAA fisheries continues to rush foolishly headlong into more and more onerous rulemaking and closing several fisheries to all sportsman every month. They do this under the false assumption that Magnuson -Stevens mandates them to actupon the best science available. The bitter irony, of course is that critically examining the best science available points to its disposal, never mind its use to establish any sort of baseline for stock recovery.

Madam Chairman, we the saltwater recreational anglers of the United States are completely exasperated and exhausted in our efforts to bring our very legitimate concerns ofthis inequity to NOAA. We have been dismissed, condescended to and ignored.

As the Gentleman form Alaska remarked, Magnuson - Stevens was conceived as a defense against foreign interests exploiting ourdomestic fisheries. It is a crime that now; 30 years later that same document is being used to throttle those same domestic interests to the point of collapse.

Madam Chairman, we hope your heard what we have been shouting loudly for years. We ask you and your committee to forward our concerns to congress and to immediately stop all further rulemaking until credible, defensible scientific evidence demands action be taken.

For the Fishing Rights Alliance and the saltwater anglers of the United States, thank you for the opportunity to comment.<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px"><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px"><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px">Sincerely,<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: navy; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px"><A name=_MailAutoSig><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 24pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Brush Script MT">Dennis O'Hern</A><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Tahoma">Executive Director<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Tahoma">Fishing Rights Alliance, Inc.<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Tahoma">4604 49th Street N #34<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Tahoma">St. Petersburg, FL 33709<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Tahoma">PH 727.692.6902<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Tahoma">FX 727.528.6460<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Tahoma">www.thefra.org
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Old 11-04-2009, 10:22 AM   #2
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<SPAN lang=EN>

Below is a copy of the email i just sent. modified FRA's letter slightly to make it more readable (in my opinion)Here is a chance for all to change law. Don't miss it - comments are due by COB tomorrow 5 Nov 09.

Feel free to cut and paste_

Email your letters to the following email address: <SPAN lang=EN>[email protected]

Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife Committee on Natural Resources U.S. House of Representatives

187 Ford House Office Building

202.226.0200

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the recent Subcommittee meeting on the role and extent of science used in rulemaking under the current Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

As a saltwater fisherman for over 40 years, the means, methods and results of National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS) stock assessments are currently inadequate to provide a meaningful basis for establishing annual catch limits for reef fisheries in all the council regions.

You heard in recent testimony that the assessments conflict with direct observations of reef fish populations by charter boat operators, commercial fishermen and everyday recreational fishermen.

You also heard about the economic consequences that current regulatory constraints placed due to the inaccurate stock assessments have had and will increasingly have on commercial and recreational fisheries economies across the nation.

For example, according the Department of Commerce's Fisheries Economic of the United States, recreational saltwater anglers from North Carolina to Texas numbered over 12 million, spent more than 26 BILLION dollars, created an additional economic impact of over 8 billion dollars and generated 233,322 jobs. Here in Florida, 130,900 jobs and 23 billion dollars in economic impact drives a lot of industry. This one closure of the American red snapper fishery could cause the loss of a large portion of this revenue as well as the loss of as many as 40,000 recreational fishing-related jobs.

Again, this loss would be the result of the inaccurate methods used by the NMFS to assess fish populations. Beyond all evidence to the contrary and the belief of all observing, NOAA/NMFS continues to rush foolishly headlong into more and more onerous rulemaking and closing several fisheries to all sportsman every month. They do this under the false assumption that Magnuson - Stevens mandates them to act upon the best science available. The bitter irony, of course is that the critical examination of the "best science available" indicates that it is inaccurate and should not be used to establish any sort of baseline for stock recovery.

Madam Chairman, we the saltwater recreational anglers of the United States are completely exasperated and exhausted in our efforts to bring our very legitimate concerns of this inequity to NOAA. We feel we have been dismissed, condescended to and ignored.

History indicates that Magnuson - Stevens was conceived as a defense against foreign interests exploiting our domestic fisheries. It is ironic that now; 30 years later that same document is being used to repress our own domestic economic interests to the point of collapse.

Madam Chairman, we hope your heard what we have been expressing loudly for years. We ask you and your committee to forward our concerns to congress and to immediately stop all further rulemaking until credible, defensible scientific evidence demands action be taken.

For the saltwater anglers of the United States, thank you for the opportunity to comment.

Sincerely,

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Old 11-04-2009, 10:42 AM   #3
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OK . 35+ views so far and no oneon PFF iswilling to cut and paste an email that goes toTHE Congressional Committee who recentlyheard testimony concerning the problems with over regulation and fishery closureshere in the Gulf of Mexico(amberjack, red snapper) and elsewere in the united states?

Just so everyone understands the congressional committee you would be emailing could decide based on previous testimony and your public input to recommend changes to the magnuson stevens actthat is currently causing the shut downs of the recreational fishery.

yet some here want to shut down the 3 mile bridge with a protest and fist fight with the SoS group?

I don't get it?

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Old 11-04-2009, 11:46 AM   #4
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<SPAN id=_ctl1_ctlTopic_ctlPanelBar_ctlTopicsRepeater__c tl14_lblFullMessage>Ok I get it. I finally figured outwhatThe Reef Fish Restoration Association (RFRA)and other recreational fishing support groups like them have learned.

I am done postinghere on the PFF with respect to recreational fishing rights.

What I have finally learned is that recreational anglers are exactly that "RECREATIONAL". We do not fight for our rights, we don't study the numbers, we don't get politically involved. None of that attracts toward the word "recreational". We just want to go fishing.

1. Recreational don't go to meetings and complain. recs are not going to fight. They just comply.

2. Fisheries management fails to see the recreational industries importance.

I am done getting worked up about it there is no point. Recreational is recreational. I don't blame people for wanting to avoid conflict with their choice of recreation. When we are shut out of the fisheries we will golf.

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Old 11-04-2009, 11:53 AM   #5
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Thank you for posting this information. Sending an email out today. Thanks
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Old 11-04-2009, 11:53 AM   #6
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This is my rendition







Dear Ms. Bordallo,



I will keep this short as possible and to the point.

We have major problems in the fisheries management and these problems have fallen on deaf ears in the past.



In stock assessments NMFS/Mrfss do not include the Artificial Reef System of Alabama (reef fishing was almost non existent in Al. prior to reef system ) or The Oil Rigs of the Gulf of Mexico by just Adding Five thousand pounds (we are sure there are more) to each of these places you will see there are allot more fish than reported.

Just under 4000 Oil Rigs: Thats aprox. 20,000,000 million pounds of fish.

Artificial Reefs: aprox Fifteen Thousand of the Twenty Thousand are still in play from Alabama alone and they add 75,000,000 million pounds of fish.

That is 95 to 100 million pounds that are not included in the stock assessment conservatively.



This is a symptom of a larger problem associated with a bad data collection system that only vaguely predicts the Stock and when Quotas are going to be met with limited ?tools? for managing recreational fisheries which results in season closures ? which is bad for business;

This isn't a problem isolated to Red Snapper/AJ, but extends to all species in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Averages are to many times swayed by the simple omission of areas or the average number of Fisherman being inflated.



The Solution Beside the fact that relaxing the MSA would help.

Real-time data. It is more accurate, timelier and more believable. With it we would be able to know when we are approaching the quota and could plan more ways to address the up coming closures to maximize benefits to fishermen;

VMS. in conjunction E-Logs on the For-hire Fishermen boats.

Stamp type system for Private Recreation fishermen.

These things will show were the fish are caught by the For-hire and Rec. Fishermen

with dock side random sampling by LEO's. verifying a random sample will ensure accuracy.



Thank You for your time.

Captain Eugene Coley






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I get the FRA emails and already sent one as well.
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Telum Pisces (11/4/2009)I get the FRA emails and already sent one as well.
Me too, sorry I didn't tell ya Mark. Thanks.
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Old 11-04-2009, 12:58 PM   #10
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MarkW, calm down dude; your post was only 20 minutes old when you slammed us for not sending 1000 emails. Just kidding.



We all greatly appreciate your efforts. I'm sure we'll all do our best to rally the troops behind this effort.

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