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Old 05-10-2010, 11:36 AM
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Read this article on Zeno's Blog and it made my head spin.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 7, 2010 CONTACT: Ted Venker, 1-800-201-FISH
ASMFC Continues Effort to Increase Commercial Bass Harvest
Gamble to increase commercial take by up to 50 percent heads for public hearings
WASHINGTON DC – Anglers will soon have the opportunity to comment on a new effort to increase the coastal commercial harvest of striped bass by 20 to 50 percent, after the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Striped Bass Management Board voted this week to send the proposal out for public hearing.
Last February, conservationists were stunned when the Board chose to ignore a litany of significant concerns from scientists and enforcement officers about the health of the striped bass population, and instead directed its staff to draft the proposal. This week’s 10-6 vote to send the proposal out for public hearing indicates that many members of the Board are committed to ramping up commercial harvest even as anglers are seeing serious warning signs on the water.
“This is the wrong message at the wrong time for striped bass, but it is not surprising,” said Charles Witek, chairman of CCA’s Atlantic Fisheries Committee. “When recently faced with even worse situations involving weakfish and the southern New England stock of winter flounder, both very badly depleted and both faced with apparent increases in natural mortality, ASMFC ignored clear scientific advice and voted to maintain harvest at unsustainable levels. Our greatest conservation challenge may simply be to convince managers at ASMFC to do their jobs.”
Among the recent information presented to managers was a report on the declining trend in the striped bass Juvenile Abundance Index, a report from law enforcement personnel on “significant and unreported” poaching in the Exclusive Economic Zone, and a report on the potentially devastating impact of Mycobacteriosis in Chesapeake Bay, the primary striped bass spawning ground for the entire Atlantic Coast, where 70 percent of the fish sampled had lesions associated with the disease. In aquaculture, Mycobacteriosis infections are virtually always fatal.
“While the stock is still not overfished nor undergoing overfishing, ASMFC’s Striped Bass Technical Committee recently issued a report which predicts that the number of adult bass will steadily decline through the year 2015. Clearly, a cautious approach is warranted, yet the Board has chosen to roll the dice with the most important recreational species on the East Coast,” said Richen Brame, CCA’s Atlantic Fisheries director.
Unlike the 1970s when rampant overfishing was the primary cause of the stock collapse, the current wide variety of factors that are negatively impacting striped bass will be much more difficult to address. Nonetheless, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Delaware, Maryland, the Potomac River Fisheries Commission, the District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service voted to push forward with increasing commercial harvest.
“This is a dangerous, unnecessary gamble,” said Brame. “We will be doing our part to make sure managers know that anglers do not want to risk the future of this fishery by increasing commercial harvest.”
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CCA is the largest marine resource conservation group of its kind in the nation. With almost 100,000 members in 17 state chapters, CCA has been active in state, national and international fisheries management issues since 1977. For more information visit the CCA Newsroom at www.JoinCCA.org.
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Old 05-10-2010, 02:17 PM
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This is the second time in two years they have proposed this. Last year it was evident through public comment that the idea was unpopular. If it gets enough pub with the rec community hopefully it will be knocked down once again. The Management group is traditionally sensitive to commercial fishery needs. They will use data that states commercial harvest is far less than recreational harvest etc. etc. They never take into account catch and release data and have yet to propose limiting the recreational catch to one a day.
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Keep throwing it against the wall and see if it sticks.
I can see the other 9 commercial interests voting to send it to public hearings but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service?
What happened there? A large increase in funding from the Bumma administration?
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Old 05-11-2010, 03:35 PM
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Imagine how this would play out. Maybe my overactive imagination? But

Catch Shares are adopted allowing sector managers to handle a certain portion of a coast lines commercial Quota. Fisherman managing fisherman essentially all overseen by NOAA.

As I understand it the quota points will be allocated or "bid for"? If I am wrong someone tell me i want to know more about this. This system essentially will allow those with a larger fleet to underbid the smaller guys due to the fact that their costs are less etc. etc.

Now add in to this a 50% increase in quota across the coast which is now under the control of quadrant managers appointed by NOAA.

Within ten years you will have The largest fishing fleets catching fish and the small guy will be working for them. The sector managers will be managing the catch data. Sounds like a new Recipe for disaster courtesy of OBama and Lubchenco.
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And when theres no stripers left we the taxpayer - bail them out.
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Old 05-11-2010, 04:20 PM
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Now you're getting it. What a flipping Joke

“While the stock is still not overfished nor undergoing overfishing, ASMFC’s Striped Bass Technical Committee recently issued a report which predicts that the number of adult bass will steadily decline through the year 2015."

So Just to make sure of it let's increase the quota and continue to allow 2 a day coastwide to all rec's.
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From what I've read they are claiming that commercial fishermen are still harvesting the same amount of Stripers a year since the moritorium was first lifted back in 1990, But the harvest by Recs has increased 400% in that time. The Coms want a bigger piece of the pie. In other words the number of fish harvested will stay the same but Coms will harvest more and Recs will have to harvest less
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Seems like we're going in the wrong direction with everything these days!
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From what I've read they are claiming that commercial fishermen are still harvesting the same amount of Stripers a year since the moritorium was first lifted back in 1990, But the harvest by Recs has increased 400% in that time. The Coms want a bigger piece of the pie. In other words the number of fish harvested will stay the same but Coms will harvest more and Recs will have to harvest less
That is what they are saying. But the question is who is saying it? More than likely the people who are proposing the increase in quota.

The Rec. Take has decreased over the past 4 years 2006 was a huge year by REC take standards.

The past 3 have consistently gone done.

The other thing that they do with those studies is use a 70% Mortatlity rate or something to that effect on released fish which boosts the total.

They are willing to count a guess on mortality rates for the Recs but will not count fish caught illegally by comms to their total? There has been some pretty large busts that we know about over the past couple of years what about the stuff that goes on that doesn't get noticed. Should we also guess about that like we do on the released fish mortality rate?
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I normally stray away from the political side of things because i truley believe our gov is corrupt, reading all this sickens me and quite frankly, "MAKES ME WANT TO JACK A POLITICIAN IN THE THROAT" TRULY SICKENING. its a socialist country these days and im not impressed or blinded by the truth.
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You're right, they are corrupt. I too hate politics but we need to start paying attention before it's too late.
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Yes its true we need to pay attention,,,but the question is what can we truley do about it? I fear the system is rigged in a way that makes our opinion not matter regardless. im surprised they dont burn the constitution because it doesnt seem to mean anything anymore.
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Economics 101
It will trickle down - Too much money involved in recreational fishing, tourism etc.
The big guys like K2 and Pradco will pour money into lobbying for the rec sector once it hits their pocketbooks. The State economies will suffer as will the various state run agencies that spend the wallup breaux fund monies.
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This proposal was in fact shot down by the NMFS it will not even be allowed to be considered as an ammendment/addendum whatever to the management plan. Federal management groups have been taking a huge beating this year from Rec goups through the IAOPTF and NOAA alike and want no more bad blood.

Penobscot that is how you make a difference annoy the hell out of Jane Lubchenco with letters and marches on Washington and they will get tired of hearing about it.
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Great news!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the info Jack!
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