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CCA Florida Grassroots Alert!

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On: Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 2:13PM | By: CCA


CCA FLORIDA GRASSROOTS ALERT!

Public hearings will be held on Amendment 18 regarding fisheries management measures proposed for Mackerel and Cobia within the South Atlantic region. Volunteers Needed to Attend Hearings and support CCA comments and recommendations

Amendment 18 to the Coastal Migratory Pelagics Fishery Management Plan

Because of their migratory nature, king mackerel and Spanish mackerel are currently managed between the two councils using separate migratory groups. Amendment 18 includes alternatives for setting ACLs (Annual Catch Limits) for both Gulf and South Atlantic migratory group king mackerel and Spanish mackerel, as well as options for establishing a similar approach to management for cobia. The hearings will only address Atlantic Migratory Groups of king and Spanish mackerel and cobia.

CCA has reviewed the documents and provided comments and recommendations to present at the hearings. Some of the comments in the attachment include:

“CCA must express our concern that releasing the 333-page public hearing document on April 5 and scheduling the first public hearing on April 11in North Carolina is not conducive to obtaining constructive input, if that is the goal of the public hearing process. CCA recognizes the pressure to meet the 2011 deadlines of the Magnuson-Stevens Act to set annual catch limits and other management measures for fisheries that are not undergoing overfishing, but the timeline for these public hearings is simply unreasonable. Allowing less than a week to review the public hearing document is unacceptable and once again casts doubt that the Council is sincere in its efforts to gather and utilize meaningful input from the recreational angling community.”

“Like Spanish mackerel, cobia is an unassessed species and is subject to the Council’s new method of setting the annual catch limit at the level of the third-highest landings over the last 10 years. CCA maintains that for unassessed species, unless there is clear evidence that the stock is declining, the control rule should not limit current harvest. The logical option would be to simply cap the harvest at current levels until data is available through a current assessment.”

Public Hearing Locations All hearings are from 5pm – 7pm

Thursday, April 14
Crowne Plaza Riverfront
1201 Riverplace Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Monday, April 18
Radisson Resort at the Port
8701 Astronaut Blvd.
Cape Canaveral, FL 32920

Tuesday, April 19
Hawks Cay Resort
61 Hawks Cay Blvd.
Duck Key, FL 33050

Wednesday, April 20
Hawks Cay Resort
61 Hawks Cay Blvd.
Duck Key, FL 33050

Written public comments will be accepted until April 29, 2011. Please send comments to:

MackAmend18Comment@safmc.net in regards to all amendments and scoping documents

For more information contact – Ted Forsgren or Trip Aukeman CCA Florida at (850)224-3474 or email tforsgren@ccaflorida.org or taukeman@ccaflorida.org




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