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See attached: <P align=left>NOAA IS SEEKING COMMENTS ON A PROPOSED RULE TO INCREASE<P align=left>THE RED SNAPPER QUOTAS IN THE GULF OF MEXICO<P align=left>NOAA Fisheries Service is seeking public comment on a<P align=left>proposed rule that would increase the commercial and<P align=left>recreational quotas of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico.<P align=left>A recent red snapper assessment update projected<P align=left>overfishing ended in 2009, and therefore, the total<P align=left>allowable catch (TAC) can be increased. As evaluated in<P align=left>a regulatory amendment to the Fishery Management<P align=left>Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico,<P align=left>this increase would be from the existing 5.0 million<P align=left>pounds (MP) to 6.945 MP. The proposed rule would<P align=left>adjust the commercial and recreational quotas to 3.542<P align=left>and 3.403 MP, respectively, consistent with the 51:49<P align=left>ratio for the commercial and recreational allocation of<P align=left>red snapper. The proposed rule publishes in the Federal<P align=left>Register on March 30, 2010, with the comment period<P align=left>ending April 14, 2010.<P align=left>The proposed rule also includes a projection for the<P align=left>length of recreational season, which opens June 1, 2010.<P align=left>In determining the season length supported by the<P align=left>proposed 2010 quota, the increases in the average red<P align=left>snapper size and abundance that led to the overage of the<P align=left>recreational harvest in 2009 (preliminary estimate of<P align=left>more than 1.7 MP during the 2009 75-day season) must<P align=left>be taken into account. Absent action to increase the<P align=left>current 5.0 MP TAC, analyses indicate the fishery would<P align=left>remain open just 34-40 days in 2010 to avoid another<P align=left>overage. However, the proposed 3.403 MP recreational<P align=left>quota is estimated to support a 51-60 day fishing season<P align=left>in 2010. The closure date is tentatively defined as July<P align=left>24 based on the preliminary data and may be adjusted in<P align=left>the final rule.<P align=left>Request for Comments<P align=left>Written comments on this proposed rule to increase the<P align=left>red snapper commercial and recreational quotas must be<P align=left>received no later than April 14, 2010, to be considered<P align=left>by NOAA Fisheries Service. See the Addresses section<P align=left>for information on where and how to submit comments.<P align=left>All comments received by NOAA Fisheries Service will<P align=left>be addressed in the final rule.<P align=left>Addresses<P align=left>Electronic copies of the proposed rule or the regulatory<P align=left>amendment may be obtained from the e-Rulemaking<P align=left>Portal at http://www.regulations.gov, the Gulf of Mexico<P align=left>Fishery Management Council?s Web site at<P align=left>http://www.gulfcouncil.org, or from NOAA Fisheries<P align=left>Service, Southeast Regional Office, Sustainable<P align=left>Fisheries Division, 263 13th Avenue South, St.<P align=left>Petersburg, Florida 33701-5505.<P align=left>You may submit comments by either of the following<P align=left>methods:<P align=left>? Electronic Submissions: Federal e-Rulemaking Portal:<P align=left>http://www.regulations.gov. Enter the following<P align=left>docket number into the ?Search? box: NOAA-NMFS-<P align=left>2010-0049. All comments received are part of the<P align=left>public record and will generally be posted to<P align=left>http://www.regulations.gov without change.<P align=left>Comments will be posted for public viewing after the<P align=left>comment period has closed. All personal identifying<P align=left>information (for example, name, address, etc.)<P align=left>voluntarily submitted by the commenter, may be<P align=left>publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential<P align=left>business information or otherwise sensitive or<P align=left>protected information. NOAA Fisheries Service will<P align=left>accept anonymous comments. Attachments to<P align=left>electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft<P align=left>Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats<P align=left>only.<P align=left>? Mail: Peter Hood, NOAA Fisheries Service, Southeast<P align=left>Regional Office, Sustainable Fisheries Division, 263<P align=left>13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-<P align=left>5505.<P align=left>Comments received through means not specified in this<P align=left>bulletin may not be considered.<P align=left>Southeast Fishery Bulletin<P align=left>National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Regional Office, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701<P align=left>This bulletin provides only a summary of the<P align=left>information pertinent to the rule. Any discrepancies<P align=left>between this bulletin and the rule as published in the<P align=left>Federal Register will be resolved in favor of the Federal<P align=left>Register.<P align=left>Need more information on these topics?<P align=left>Southeast Regional Office?s Web page:

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I am just waiting for the spin to happen.

Somehow, someway, it will be construed that the increase is due to the "great" level of management by NOAA, when we all KNOW that is has been recovered for at least 2 years, and NOAA could not get their head out of their butt long enough to actually notice.....:banghead
 

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so what this is basically sayin is the season is only gonna be a month long , i have a really bad head ache and im not understanding this to well
 

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baitboy (3/29/2010)so what this is basically sayin is the season is only gonna be a month long , i have a really bad head ache and im not understanding this to well


Two months. June 1 - July 24.



I'm sure that's not helping the headache though.



Ain't it grand?
 

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JoeZ (3/29/2010)
baitboy (3/29/2010)so what this is basically sayin is the season is only gonna be a month long , i have a really bad head ache and im not understanding this to well
Two months. June 1 - July 24.

I'm sure that's not helping the headache though.

Ain't it grand?
That is F*cking BullSh*t!!! The damn things are like fleas out there and they just want to give us a ALMOST 2 month long season?!?
 

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I read recently somewhere that the Obama Administration had changed the rules and cut out the public comment period for fisheries management decisions. I don't remember the full details and it's been a month or so. Does anyone else remember hearing this?
 
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