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Listening in to the meeting tonight in Orange Beach discussing the fishery and possible grouper closures. Its good to see some locals showed up to speak their peace. I just hope we have a chance in keeping our fishing industry in Bon Secour. Be sure to try and make the upcoming meetings too!

Upcoming Public Hearings and Scoping Meetings
Scoping Meetings Scheduled for:

Reef Fish Amendment 32 - Gag Grouper

Scoping Document

Press Release

Meetings will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end no later than 9:00 p.m.


KEYS FLORIDA
January 11, 2010
**Monroe County Govt. Center
1200 Truman Avenue
Key West, FL 33040

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
January 13, 2010
**Ramada Inn
4760 S. Cleveland Avenue
Ft. Myers, FL 33907

PANHANDLE FLORIDA
January 14, 2010
*The Boardwalk
9600 S. Thomas Drive
Panama City, FL 32408

MIDWEST FLORIDA
Tuesday, January 12
*Hilton
950 Lake Carillon Drive
St Petersburg, FL

TEXAS
Monday, January 11
Holiday Inn
5002 Seawall Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77551


ALABAMMY
Wednesday, January 13
Fairfield Inn & Suites
3111 Loop Road
Orange Beach, AL 36561

MISSISSIPPI
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Best Western
7921 Lamar Poole Road
Biloxi, MS 39532

LOUISIANA
January 19, 2010
Crowne Plaza
2829 Williams Road
Kenner, LA 70062

*Note a scoping meeting format change for these meetings. Two rooms will be used - one room where participants can get answers to their questions about the proposed amendment, and the other room for participants to provide input.

**Note a scoping meeting format change for these meetings. An informal roundtable discussion regarding the proposed amendment will be held during the first hour of the meeting, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Public input will be taken beginning at 7:00 p.m. and will end no later than 9:00 p.m.

A Note on Scoping:
Scoping is the process of identifying issues, potential impacts, and reasonable alternatives associated with the issue at hand. It provides the first and best opportunity for the public to make suggestions or to raise issues and concerns before the Council begins developing an amendment.


For more information on any of these meetings, please call the Gulf Council at 813-348-1630.
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I hope many of you can attend these meetings. Scoping Meetings are key because that's your best chance of heading off at the pass the dumbass anti-recreational fishing regs being shat out by the South Atlantic and Gulf Councils.

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OVERALL VIEW:
Meanwhile, keep your eye on the main prize: the passing of the Senate & House bills that will bludgeon into submission the Sustainable Fisheries Act portion of the Reathourized Magnuson Stevens Act. It is the SFA portion that forces the NMFS to ignore economic impacts, best science and all other factors , in favor of the worst-case scenario guesstimates put forward by the pro-Envirofascist, anti-fishing Gummint scientists. Never forget that the SFA was rammed thru Congress and rammed up our asses by the Pew Charitable Trust funded radical Envirofascist anti-rec fishing groups.

The only way to make sure these bills get passed is to write your two US Senators and your US Congressman telling them that you are in favor of these bills and you will be voting in the national elections based on how they vote on these bills.
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Stephen
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