I reeived an update today from the FWC, Marine Fisheires Division and was sent a copy of the the following letter and recommendation which was approved at the Sept meeting.<P align=left>To: Commissioners<P align=left>From: Mark Robson, Director Division of Marine Fisheries Management<P align=left>Date: September 7, 2007<P align=left>Subject: Red Drum<P align=left>At the June 2007 Commission meeting, staff was directed to return in either September or<P align=left>December 2007 with additional recommendations for red drum regulations. Staff was asked to solicit public comment on additional options for size and bag limits, including options for managing red drum by coast. After considerable deliberation on this topic among FWC staff and considering the necessary timeframe for developing revised draft rules, I recommend that we defer action on red drum. I make this recommendation because the timing is such that we now have an opportunity to incorporate the latest information about the status of red drum stocks in Florida.<P align=left>On our current track, we would not likely have new regulations in place before July 1, 2008, assuming the Commission voted to implement regulations. The next assessment of the fishery is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2008. By waiting for the latest stock assessment the public would be assured that potential management actions will be based on the most complete and timely information.<P align=left>There is diverse public opinion about the management needs of red drum. In the absence of a strong public consensus to take immediate action, I believe waiting for the most up-to-date information will garner more public support for any actions that may be deemed necessary by the Commission. Although there may be some in the recreational angling community who prefer acting sooner, I am comfortable with my recommendation to you because there is no indication that red drum stocks in Florida are in any imminent danger.<P align=left>With your concurrence, staff will brief the Commission on either the 2008 red drum assessment at the December 2008 or the February 2009 meeting. Should regulatory action be indicated, we would move immediately to develop draft rule proposals and gather public input. Please feel free to contact me at 850-251-2970 if you have any questions or concerns about this issue.<P align=left>MR/JM/mnc<P align=left><P align=left>I guess Tony aka Voodoolounge,and I made some sense when we went to the meeting in Februrary, score one for for the Pensacola boys and our representation of the forum opinions!