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Gary Miller

Commercial and sport fishers both believe Red Snapper are more abundant than the Feds say. I would like a system that treated both factions equally. The same season for each. If the population increased increase the season for each, or if it declined cut the season for both. Each Red Snapper caught by sport fishers is worth more to the economy than one caught by Commercials. The sport fishing bill for boats, tackle, food, beverage, bait and fuel is greater than total sales by commercials.

James Reeves

One little fishy, two little fishy, three little fishy...

Bill Cochrane

Gary, If you knew what you are talking about, you would know that the system you want already exists. Annual Catch Limits and Accountability Measures are in place within both sectors. Problem is, recreational goes over limits, while commercials do not. The key to the recreational problem is real time catch data, which any honest recreational fisherman will tell you they oppose. They just want to catch all they can.
The economy has nothing to do with sustainability of the fishery. It's not supposed to be about the people. It's supposed to be about the fish. That's why it's called the National Marine Fishery Service, instead of the National Marine Fisherman Service.

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