All the arguments y’all are making here are the same arguments made about the snapper/grouper limits being quashed because of supposed “overfishing”
Let me first say that I am not judging or condeming anyone with what I am about to say, so please take this into consideration when crafting a reply.
Carolina boy your comment about the pressure in florida, while true, falls on deaf ears with the NMFS and their tree-hugging agenda.
Greg1, I agree with your statements about the recs catching their quota. The same argument was brought up at the NMFS hearings a couple of months ago about the snapper/grouper limits. I don’t have any facts, but I find it very hard to believe that the recs are actually taking 40% of the harvest! Do you know how much that is? As EdistoFisher said, how many recs are actually knowledgeable and skilled enough, and have the balls to go Swordin’?
Goat, I’m not even going to comment on your quote.
just like with the snapper/grouper fishing…HOW MANY PEOPLE are skilled enough to go catch a limit of grouper on a regular basis?!?
The NMFS should be more concerned with the comm’s than the recs. Let the tree-huggers sit in the jetties 24-7 for a week, which I offered to them on the record at the first NMFS meeting, and take a look at the actual number and poundage of fish being brought home by recs. I think they would be extremely surprised and alarmed at how little the catch really is.
The facts don’t support the laws being imposed with “the best available data,” which, when queried by several people at the meeting, they could not give us exactly WHAT this data consists of.
The other thing that most people don’t realize is the SAFMC is charged with controlling the entire south atlantic coast…from NC to the southern tip of FLorida! There is NO WAY they can justifiably link them all together. Thankfully, though, it appears they are HOPEFULLY going to group NC/SC together and GA/FL together, rather than one big group.
They should really police the comms and lea