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Old 02-09-2011, 07:48 AM
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We need your help! The Feds are closing down fishing on the East Coast of the US. They have already shut down fishing for Grouper, Red Snapper ans Sea Bass. Their new targets are Dolphin (the fish, not Flipper), Cobia, Wahoo and Amber Jack. That will effectively end any offshore fishing in the South East Atlantic.

I am attaching a link to this post. When submitted it goes directly to the commission (SAFMC) that makes these rules. The first section of the comment form has been left blank. The Please fill in who you are and your fishing experience in the Atlantic. Even if you have never fished fill in the bio info and tell them that you have friends and family the do fish and that you occasionally enjoy a fresh fish dinner. The remainder of the comment sections are pre-completed for your easy submission. Feel free to change any of the pre-completed sections if you do not agree with what has been written. Hit "SUBMIT", but I am not done asking for favors. Please post this on any of your other web forums. Also, if you participate in the world of Social Media (Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, etc) please post this message. WE need this to "go viral".

http://safmc.deep-blue-sea.org/

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Old 02-09-2011, 08:39 AM
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Done, Thanks Pat
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Old 02-09-2011, 10:50 AM
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these clowns need to get defunded.....dont they know we are in a financial crisis?
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Old 02-09-2011, 10:54 AM
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Done...
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Old 02-09-2011, 02:20 PM
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Pat, I put this info on my site and several other sites I visit. I hope people respond! It's time to fight.
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Done will add to FB and Twitter tonight! Thanks
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Old 02-10-2011, 06:23 AM
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Done......let's keep this going.
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Done!
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Old 02-10-2011, 08:46 AM
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Done, we also need to write your Governor and let them know the economic impact these closures are having. Copy your congressional delegation on the letter.

Who would like to put up a draft letter?
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Welcome to the west coast world. They have been shutting species and areas down here for the last 5 years.....
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Old 02-10-2011, 12:48 PM
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Done!
Good work, but keep it going!!
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Old 02-10-2011, 02:51 PM
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It's also on a local forum as well. Let's keep this at the top!!
I have sent a request to the mods to make this thread a sticky so it will stay at the top.
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Old 02-10-2011, 02:54 PM
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Done.

Pat, my response was sent to my email when I hit submit, just want to make sure it also went the place it needs to go.
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Old 02-11-2011, 06:52 AM
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Originally Posted by signmansez View Post
Done.

Pat, my response was sent to my email when I hit submit, just want to make sure it also went the place it needs to go.
Yep, you get a copy right away. I'll ask about the total count and report back.

GUYS IT TAKES 5 MINUTES to fill this in and submit Please keep it going.

I also put this on 3 other sites as well as my facebook page. I also emailed my email list and ask them to do that same. The more people we reach the better.
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Done!

We need everyone to speak up and stand up for their rights regarding this issue. It's our right to fish, don't let them take that from us. If SAFMC get their way, pretty soon we won't even be able to throw a net for bait. Keep this going!
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Old 02-12-2011, 07:30 AM
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Done, we also need to write your Governor and let them know the economic impact these closures are having. Copy your congressional delegation on the letter.

Who would like to put up a draft letter?
Ive been told that a letter to Congressmen, Senators and Governors is being created. You just put in your zip plus 4 and up pops your politicos. I'll post it when it's available.
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ATTEND the FISHING MATTERS TO ME protest on Friday, Feb 25 from 9 - noon

You can get all the information you will need about who to contact along with sggested talking points for the calls.

We are constantly updating the webpage as we get new information. Stay informed at www.theFRA.org . Front center of the home page is a link to the FISHING MATTERS TO ME page.

I am Denny O'Hern, Executive Director of the Fishing Rights Alliance and I approved this message
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Thanks to the Mods for making this a sticky!!
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Old 02-15-2011, 05:36 AM
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Thanks for filling in the forms guys and that to the Mods for making this a "sticky". The following is a post from John Barbar, creater of the DBS and the form you created.

I want to thank all of you that took the time to submit comments to the SAFMC in person, in writing, and especially the 1,945 that forwarded their comments through the safmc.deep-blue-sea.org website. You read that right, almost 2,000 responded. I have provided comment forms in the past, and the most we ever forwarded was less than 250.

I know there was a mountain information to plow through. It was irresponsible for the SAFMC to push this out all at once and then hold meetings on a weekday, as is their custom. Those of us that attend the meetings and try to keep up with all of this took several hours to research these issues. At the end of the day, fisheries management comes down to counting fish, those swimming, those removed, and who is fishing. It isn’t easy, but it isn’t complicated. You have to question the reason why NOAA/NMFSS/SAFMC is trying to make something complicated, that isn’t. They have categorically failed for years to count fish and fisherman. They are now asking us to trust them to formulate and implement complicated schemes and new management models when they have admitted failure in meeting congressionally mandated science and data collection reforms by Jan 1, 2009.

These comments have been forwarded to the e-mail addresses provided by the SAFMC for these specific issues. They will be in the briefing books that the council members receive, and I will give them an advanced courtesy copy so they can read up a head of time. I will also forward these to key NOAA/NMFS and Commerce Dept officials.

Finally, you’re Senators, Representatives and state leaders will be getting a copy, along with some key members of NOAA/NMFS. I have had the opportunity to talk to some of them and their aids since the last election. They seem to be keenly interested on 3 things, how this is affecting their constituents, how the fisheries managers are treating the constituents, and what can be done both short and long term to straighten out the mess we currently have. The question nobody is asking how the fish stocks are because everyone that lives in the South Atlantic that has regular contact with these fisheries already knows.

The reason I put this form up was because we had very little turnout at the Cocoa Beach meeting by recreational anglers. A SAFMC staffer told me they were surprised by the sparse turnout. Well, the answer seems clear based on the comments submitted and the many emails that I have received. People are extremely interested, but they are tired of taking time off work, driving for hours and being ignored. One person told me it is like arguing with a tombstone. They have figured out that the only way the current system is going to hear them is through either congress or the courts, and that is well under way.

We need to keep our voices heard in the SAFMC and take every opportunity to support the interest of science based/data rich fisheries management. It is dubious fellows who work within the shadow of the unknowns and we need to turn the light of science and data on to see clearly how best to manage our treasures under the sea. Given the current financial situation with the feds, things could actually get worse, especially if they decide to turn our fishery resources into commodities. Our elected officials will need to hear a loud continuous sound that we will not accept anything less than a fair and competent fisheries management system.

Thanks again to the clubs, organizations, and individuals that helped with this. There were many hands in this.

Tight lines, and smooth seas,
DBS/John
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