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FWC commission trying to pass legislative to close fishery…

Tomorrow is a big day for fishermen who like to eat what they catch.

At stake
The FWC commission is trying to pass legislative to create a mechanism that
grants them the ability to close a fishery to harvest not just for
biological reasons but for “marketing purposes”, “tourism strategy” and in
effect any personal or political reasons without any scientific
justification or checks on their actions.

That’s right, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Bonefish Tarpon
Trust and other special interest groups are trying to push an agenda to
classify fish such as Permit and Cobia as Gamefish or Sportfish. Doing so
would eliminate harvest for food and turning the fishery in to catch and
release only and thus illegal to harvest by spear.

Cobia and Permit are great table fair food fish and neither are in jeopardy
of over fishing or are being over fished. If this is allowed to pass, other
species of fish could be added to the Gamefish/Sportfish status. Like
Grouper, Hogfish, Snapper…….Are you allowed to harvest snook, redfish
or trout by spear? NO and they are good tasting food quality fish.

This could how NOAA fulfills their Goal of Making Fishing a Catch and
Release sport ONLY by 2020

FWC February Commission Meeting
Diver input needed urgently!
Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Location: “Port of Call” at Sea World Park
7007 Sea World Drive.
Orlando, FL 32821
Time: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Agenda: Saltwater Game & Sport Fish designations
Summary: 68B-2.010 The proposed final rule would create a new subsection
that states the intent of the designations, which is to conserve premier
recreational fish species in Florida and enhance the marketing capacity for
Florida’s recreational fishing opportunities. The proposed final rule would
create a saltwater game fish designation, the components of which would be
no commercial harvest or possession, sale or purchase. The proposed final
rule would also create an elite designation for saltwater sport fish, the
components of which would be no harvest or possession recreationally or
commercially and no purchase or sale.

How to take action and share your opinion

Send the commissioners an email at Please CC
Suggested Subject: Sportfish/gamefish opposition; red snapper protection

Below is a Suggested copy (feel free to personalize the following):

Dear Commissioners-
My message covers two issues, sportifsh/gamefish and red snapper.

I oppose any action on the sportfish/gamefish framework rules.
There is no biological need and no economic benefit, yet there IS an
absolute reduction of fishing opportunity inherent in either designation.
This rule benefits few while taking from many.

I will be forwarding this to Governor Scott’s office. I will also be
contacting my state legislators, as I am appalled at the waste of state
resources on such a non-issue.
Several people will be at the meeting to express detailed reasons for
opposition of this action. Please pay attention to those people.

Under State of Florida law, I have the right to hunt and fish if
populations are healthy. This framework appears to violate my right.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. I appreciate the opportunity
to submit a comment.


Regarding Red snapper, you must take action to stop the destruction of red
snapper habitat and the needless slaughter of thousands of red snapper
every week. Please weigh in with the federal government regarding the
health of the red snapper stock and its dependence on habitat. This
needless destruction is unacceptable and must be stopped.

Thank you.

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FRA Fishing Rights
NMFS says ‘privilege’, FRA and Florida say fishing is a RIGHT.

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