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Just got back from the woods, looks like you guys have been busy. During my busy day, it occured to me, duh, the major reason that we are having the problems with the NMFS and the NOAA is that they come under the Dept. of Commerce, whose sole goal is to regulate "commerce" and hence the fisheries for commercial interests. We need to get the management of the fisheries transferred to the Dept. of the Interior whose job it is to manage the nation's natural resources (wildlife is a natural resource).

But, first things first. We do have to get the seasons closures and shortenings reviewed by a Judge. It will be very expensive, but I'll put out some feelers to see who might be interested in a high profile (ie publicity for the law firm) law suit, and ask some questions about estimated costs.
 

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they come under the Dept. of Commerce, whose sole goal is to regulate "commerce" and hence the fisheries for commercial interests. We need to get the management of the fisheries transferred to the Dept. of the Interior whose job it is to manage the nation's natural resources (wildlife is a natural resource).


That's a very good observation! We need to push that as a change we can believe in!
 

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I think it is time for a congressional inquiry. Put these guys on the stand in front of the Congress and make them testify to the fact that they have no idea what they are doing.

I also think that it is time to start letting our elected officials know that sending letters are great, but not enough, and we will start holding them accountable with our votes. I say we set a deadline for action. If our Representatives and Senators have not called for an investigation by a certain date, then we actively campaign against them. I'm tired of letter writing, and I'm tired of arguing with appointed officials. It's time to make it hurt for the officials that we can reach. You won't get anything done until that happens.
 

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im not sure what spearfisher said has to do with socialism,but are you so blinded by your selfish s.o.s. plan that you cant see that what he is talking about would be to the benefit of for hire and rec's
 

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fishn4real (10/24/2009)Just got back from the woods, looks like you guys have been busy. During my busy day, it occured to me, duh, the major reason that we are having the problems with the NMFS and the NOAA is that they come under the Dept. of Commerce, whose sole goal is to regulate "commerce" and hence the fisheries for commercial interests. We need to get the management of the fisheries transferred to the Dept. of the Interior whose job it is to manage the nation's natural resources (wildlife is a natural resource).

But, first things first. We do have to get the seasons closures and shortenings reviewed by a Judge. It will be very expensive, but I'll put out some feelers to see who might be interested in a high profile (ie publicity for the law firm) law suit, and ask some questions about estimated costs.


Great observation....NOW it all makes sense!
 

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Jeff Miller responded because the darling of NW Florida(Destin) whined. This is proof of what I've been saying all along. Why haven't the big boys on the stump organized at the congressional level already? But make no mistake, this may be an opportunity if enough people on the rec side and those charter boats that don't have their head up their rears flood our Fed. senators and reps. Oh by the way, our state legislators can indirectly "effect" things at the Fed level. As much pressure as this is putting on our state economy(as if Florida relies on tourism, right?)they could send a message to Washington and those groups regulating our industry.

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Dear Mr. Congressman,
I am a native of NW Florida and a strong advocate for health of the recreational fishing communities not only in our area but across the country. I am glad to see you've been made aware of the ever-tightening fishing regulations that have been thrown at us over the past few years. I believe that great strides have been made with conventional conservation measures,especially in regards to red snapper, since the mid 1990's. While I've seen and supported many of these conservation efforts to maintain the health of our fisheries, I believe that we are seeing regulations thrown at us now that reflect an ideology and not a true scientific standard. Please continue to delve into this situation that has affected so many areas that are relient on tourism and the money that the receational fishing community provides. We need your help in this matter as it seems all efforts to date to make our voices heard to NOAA, NMFS, ACOE, etc. appear to have fallen on deaf ears.
Thank you
Chris

This is a copy of what I sent to Jeff. Remember you get more flies with honey than vinegar.
 

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ryanbr (10/25/2009)Jeff Miller responded because the darling of NW Florida(Destin) whined. This is proof of what I've been saying all along. Why haven't the big boys on the stump organized at the congressional level already? But make no mistake, this may be an opportunity if enough people on the rec side and those charter boats that don't have their head up their rears flood our Fed. senators and reps. Oh by the way, our state legislators can indirectly "effect" things at the Fed level. As much pressure as this is putting on our state economy(as if Florida relies on tourism, right?)they could send a message to Washington and those groups regulating our industry.

Chris
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great letter!!!:clap
 

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NOAA. The asswipes can't even get a weather forcast right and we expect them to make prudent decisions on our fishingfuture. Not this cowboy, I'll fish on, it's my right and I'm tired of them taking my rights away.
 
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