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Old 06-28-2013, 05:14 AM   #1
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Default House reviews fishery to balance demands of harvesting red snapper

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Old 06-28-2013, 09:40 AM   #2
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Very interesting hearing. Senator Steve Sutherland did an outstanding job and so did the Gulf Coast States Wildlife Reps. For those of you that want to watch here is the link. It starts to get interesting at the 1:30 after opening statements and questions began to those giving testimony.

I will tell you this you better have your i's dotted and your t's crossed when you go before Sen.Steve Sutherland. He doesn't play.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:46 AM   #3
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Republican Rep. Steve Southerland of Panama City criticized the way NOAA officials have managed red snapper, especially their proposed Days-at-Sea Program for Charter-for-Hire.

The proposal would allow for year-round recreational red-snapper fishing but would grant permits to only a small percentage of charter boats in the Gulf.
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I recieved the below text info in an email before the hearing yesterday. Looks like the deck was somewhat stacked against Rep Southerland to begin with in terms of who appeared as witnesses. If you all remember during his last campaign for relection deep pockect catch share proponents funded several campaign projects in an attempt to defeat Rep Southerland's. Thank goodness they were unsuccesful.

In case y’all have not seen the witness list, let me tell you it is stacked with pro sector sep and catch share proponents. In panel 1 kevin anson, vice chair of the council from AL is pro edf, pro sec sep, pro days at sea, etc. His boss, chris Blankenship is also the same most charter fishermen in AL are. In panel 2 you have wayne Werner, com ifq owner and pro catch share, sec sep and proponent for intersector trading, harlen pearce com rep from LA and pro sec sep, days at sea, intersector trading, susan boggs, wife of randy and pro sec sep, catch shares days at sea and the main one behind the headboat coop and the request for the exempted fishing permit for headboats to have their own quota and days at sea, herb Malone, exec dir of the tourist development council for orange beach and gulfshores, another pro sec sep, days at sea, intersector trading, edf. Pam Anderson is the lone person who is opposed to sec sep, catch shares, intersector trading, days at sea. She has her job cut out for her.

How this witness list got put together is anyone’s guess but it is clearly not composed of people who support the majority of us who simply want longer seasons for multiple years, no sec sep, no days at sea, no intersector trading (why should we pay for fish we should get for free), more flexibility in management, and the power of God removed from the ssc in setting abcs that the councils cannot go above. Be careful what you wish for in a change in msa and do not look for any change this year.
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