The deadline is 03/09/09.
Here is something we all need to fill out voice our opinions on. This is from a conservation leader on another forum but we need all fisherman to help this cause.
" Once Again your comments are needed. Amendment 16 which includes the closed season and restricted bag limits on Grouper is up for final approval by the secretary of Commerce. This is our final chance to have our voices heard on our objection to these regs.
Unfortunately this is a little more involved than John’s normal 1 step process, but it still only takes a couple of minutes.http://www.regulations.gov/fdm...487e3http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=SubmitComment&o=09000064808487e3
fill out the form and express you objections to these new regs
Summary table of current and proposed regulations for the South Atlantic.
Grouper aggregate bag limit
Now - 5 fish
Amendment 16 - 3 fish
Gag/black grouper bag limit within grouper aggregate
Now - 2 gag or black grouper (combined)
Amendment 16 - 1 gag or black
Vermilion snapper bag limit
Now - 10 fish
Amendment 16 - 5 fish
Shallow-water grouper* closed season
Now - none
Amendment 16 - January - April
Vermilion snapper closed season
Amendment 16 - November - March"