Saturday, December 19, 2009

by Robin

Your right to fish are being taken away from you, species by species.

Sea Bass fishing was voted to be closed, effective TOMORROW, the 20th. This goes for the entire NC to Key West coast until June 1st 2010. This is entirely ridiculous because there are soooo many of them out there, keeper size. Most fishermen don't even keep them when they catch them. They're considered the nuisance while out snapper fishing. Utterly ridiculous.

Also, Vermillion snapper season will not be reopened in June.

Shallow-water Snapper & Grouper has a closure Jan 1st 2010 to April 30, 2010. This includes gags, black, red, scamp, rock hind, red hind, coney grasby, yellowfin, yellowmouth and tiger groupers.

As a reminder, Red Snapper is closing Jan 4th until June 2, 2010 - as an interim rule. This is subject to change (i.e. be closed indefinitely)

They're also considering closing & debating kingfish, dolphin and wahoo.

So, pretty much... fishing and eating American-caught fish will be considered extinct in the near future.

If you find this disturbing that the entire S.E. coast of USA is being closed down from any fishing, call or write your local Congressman to get them into the fight against SAFMC.


South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Office:
4055 Faber Place Drive,
Suite 201
North Charleston, SC 29405
phone 843.571.4366
toll free 866.SAFMC-10
fax 843.769.4520

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