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Florida Wildlife Commission Taking Comments on Proposed 2010 - 54 day Gulf Red Snapper Season:

http://myfwc.com/Commission/2010/Comm_10_AgendaApr.htm

<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=647><TBODY><TR><TD><H1>Commission Meeting Agenda</H1></TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=top><TABLE style="WIDTH: 100%" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=4 align=left><TBODY><TR><TD style="WIDTH: 87px" vAlign=top><P class=BodyBold>Time:</TD><TD vAlign=top><P class=Body>8:30 a.m. each day</TD></TR><TR><TD style="WIDTH: 87px" vAlign=top><P class=BodyBold>Dates:</TD><TD vAlign=top><P class=Body>April 28-29, 2010</TD></TR><TR><TD style="WIDTH: 87px" vAlign=top><P class=BodyBold>Place:</TD><TD vAlign=top><P class=Body>Florida Public Safety Institute
Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy
215 Academy Drive
Havana, FL 32333
Phone: 850-201-7964
http://academy.tcc.fl.edu </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR><TR><TD style="BACKGROUND-IMAGE: url(../../images/CommissionMeetings/DRAFT.gif); BACKGROUND-REPEAT: repeat-y" vAlign=top align=left colSpan=4><H4>This meeting is open to the public</H4><P class=BodyCenterRedLarge>Agenda will be marked FINAL on April 16 <P class=Body>All interested individuals may speak at workshops or meetings of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) within the guidelines established by the Commission. To ensure the public's opportunity to be heard and the orderly conduct of the meeting, the Chairman reserves the right to establish a time for adjournment of the workshop or meeting, to limit the time for speakers, and to limit the time allotted for specific agenda items. </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>


<P class=BodyLarge><A name=Thursday></A>8:30 am, Thursday, April 29, Reconvene
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      Gulf of Mexico Recreational Red Snapper Season-The proposed rule amendment would reduce the length of the recreational season for red snapper harvest in the Gulf of Mexico to achieve consistency with federal regulations. If the Commission approves staff recommended rule language that state rules should be adopted consistent with the federal regulations, staff will file a notice of proposed rulemaking pursuant to 120.54 (6) Florida Statues, which allows adoption of a rule identical to the federal regulation without further rulemaking or public hearings. The reef fish rule provisions to be considered for rulemaking include:

      68B-14.0038, Recreational Snapper Seasons-The proposed rule amendment would achieve consistency between the Commission's Reef Fish Rule on the recreational red snapper fishing season in Gulf of Mexico state waters with federal rules on the recreational red snapper fishing season in federally managed waters of the Gulf of Mexico. </LI>
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In my opinion,a major detractor of Florida not matching the Federal season is that it would most likely further hurt charter for hire (CFH) operators, who would not be able to enjoy the expandedsnapper season inFlorida State waters, due to their federal permitting and the fact that CFHoperators would most likely have their 2010 54 day federal season reduced even further.

In other words,If FWC expanded the State water recreational snapper season beyond the proposed 54 day federal water season, the National Marine Fisheries Service South East Regional Office would likely propose and initatea further cut to the FederalWater 54 day season, stating that "a further cut to the 54 day federal season was necessary to prevent snapper overfishing due to the Florida State FWC decision to open up and fish for snapper in State waters longer than 54 days in 2010."

Isay this because that is what happened or at least whatthe National Marine Fisheries Service South East Regional Office "threatened' whenTexas madetheir decision to fish year round in State waters with a 4 fish limit back around 2008.

Others opinions will vary, butpersonallyIwould ratherstand together with our recreational CFH brothers and go through a 54 day season again in 2010, and keep trying to force change to theNational Marine Fisheries Service snapper mangement model at the top through legislation, than to see the Gulf CFH industry suffer a further reduced federal snapper season in 2010 and beyond.

National Marine Fisheries Servicehas you not matter how you look at it.

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Mark,

Thank You. Seems reasonable to stay at the table and push for better science now. Going along will lend credibility to our cause in that we are not acting out for selfish interests but in the best interests of the stocks long term. I'll send in my comments.

Scrubs
 
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