Opportunity to get ahead of the problem? From one of the guys most responsible for the Red Snapper disaster? He wants to repeat himself with this nonsense while by-catch of both mutts and yellows is at
All time high's? Commercial lobby working for you.
Just do what this Gov does, when in doubt ignore the law! They get thousands of letters reminding them opinion is not science and therefore not acceptable as a basis for regulation policy, it might make a difference. My question/statement is, Prove further limiting both snapper species won't harm the current healthy populations! How will new limits effect bait populations, as well as other species relation to less bait from higher consumption by affected species.
Im all for Sensible science based regulation, but Sanchez continues to ignore the fact that the red snapper problem never really existed. Just because you don't see many commercial boats off Lauderdale don't mean much. And the commercial snapper fishermen really aren't the problem. By-catch from trawlers accounts for some of the problem as well. But I agree we have to stop pointing fingers and start coming up with better solutions. Then forward those solutions en masse to both FWC and the Fed. If we Leave it up to "them" and we'll just get more of the same. Like FF said, you're up against a well funded lobby. Votes are all you got! Make a fact based arguement, then propose the solution. To your FWC rep. In the South West,
Thomas Graef, Regional Director
3900 Drane Field Road
Lakeland, FL 33811-1207
Ernie Marks, Regional Director
8535 Northlake Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33412
Nice Boat! Now get it outa my driveway!