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Bigger catch for black sea bass recommended

 

 

"¢ STAFF WRITER "¢ January 11, 2010

 

 

In the midst of a six-month shutdown of the black sea bass recreational fishery, science advisors to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council have concluded that they underestimated the size of the black sea bass population, and now say 2010 catch limits can safely be increased by about 50 percent,

 

 

"It's not final, but it's a big hurdle," said Chris Zeman, a New Jersey representative on the council. "I was very happy. I remember looking at those (earlier) numbers back in October and thinking, 'This can't be right.' "

 

 

Black sea bass is the latest issue to divide government managers and the recreational angling community which is banned through March from fishing for the species in federal waters outside three miles. Several New Jersey and New York party boat operators could face civil fines over trips in November when customers kept the bass they caught.

 

 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials imposed the emergency ban in October, based on survey results that indicated the recreational sector would overshoot its share of the catch in 2009. Meanwhile, the Mid-Atlantic council lowered catch limits for 2010 at the recommendation of its science and statistical committee, despite a reassessment of black sea bass that showed the stock was not overfished as previously thought.

 

 

Last Friday that group and the council's monitoring committee met jointly to review the quota recommendation.

 

 

"They determined that when they had previously met on this issue in July, they did not fully understand that the 2009 quota was already highly precautionary, and reflected the results of a no-longer-valid stock assessment methodology that had previously indicated sea bass stocks were in precipitous decline," wrote Adam Nowalsky, a charter captain who tracks black sea bass issues for the Recreational Fishing Alliance member, in an e-mail summary.

 

 

The Friday "meeting with the monitoring committee helped them understand that," Nowalsky said. The science panel then decided "that the 2008 landings were the best baseline to use for setting the quota for 2010, because landings at that level have not caused a decline in the stock and the stock is now considered rebuilt, and no overfishing is occurring."

 

 

The new recommendation calls for a 2010 allowable biological catch of 4.5 million pounds, the same as 2008, Nowalsky said. After routine adjustments that will probably work out to around 3.25 million pounds, although the council staff must develop that number, Zeman said.

 

 

To implement a higher catch, Zeman said the council will ask Patricia Kurkul, NOAA's northeast regional fisheries director, to issue another emergency order - this time, to allow anglers to catch more black sea bass.

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View PostOOPS !!! we made a mistake and almost put ya outta businness.

 

Thats PETA behind the scenes pulling NOAA strings and jerking our freaking chains.beatin.gif

 

Actually PETA doesn't care. The people who care would be Cass Sustein and the like.wink.gif They don't want fishing and they don't want hunting.

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View PostActually PETA doesn't care. The people who care would be Cass Sunstein and the like.wink.gif They don't want fishing and they don't want hunting.

 

Ironic that you guys keep mentioning Cass Sustein. Although Sustein is a known animal rights activist, The National Fisherman just had a feature article about how his approach to regulation could lead to increased fishing quotas (both commercial and recreational). According to the article, his cost-benefit approach could replace the "err on the side of caution" approach to fishing regulations urged by environmentalists.

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View PostIronic that you guys keep mentioning Cass Sustein. Although Sustein is a known animal rights activist, The National Fisherman just had a feature article about how his approach to regulation could lead to increased fishing quotas (both commercial and recreational). According to the article, his cost-benefit approach could replace the "err on the side of caution" approach to fishing regulations urged by environmentalists.

 

I was the one who shed the light about Sustien in the PG and in here but this guy MDC told me I was a conspiracy theorist because Cass Sustien doesn't call the shots, the NOAA and the the like do.

 

But he is wrong and slinging misinformation everywhere. Cass Sustein call the shots and with backers like George Soros people who like to fish had better wake up or they won't be fishing for that much longer.wink.gif

 

But I am a nut who has no clue.smile.gif

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But he is wrong and slinging misinformation everywhere. Cass Sustein call the shots and with backers like George Soros people who like to fish had better wake up or they won't be fishing for that much longer.wink.gif

 

But I am a nut who has no clue.smile.gif

 

yup. Well if you are right, follow the flow of power. How can this clown affect regulations from his current position and force the department of commerce, and NOAA to implement regs not called for by congress. he holds no direct power over them. The only person who can really push the secretary of commerce buttons is the president himself. Not congress, not the people, not some guy heading an until recently unknown office in the white house....only the president can.

 

its innuendo

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View Postyup. Well if you are right, follow the flow of power. How can this clown affect regulations from his current position and force the department of commerce, and NOAA to implement regs not called for by congress. he holds no direct power over them. The only person who can really push the secretary of commerce buttons is the president himself. Not congress, not the people, not some guy heading an until recently unknown office in the white house....only the president can.

 

its innuendo and nearly impossible to prove.

 

That's like saying I have power to make of break a fishery wink.gif

 

Cass Sustein was directly appointed to His Position to head the Fish and Games and Foods, by Obama himself.

 

Obama is a community Organizer and know that he can not get these people into positions of power unless he appoints them as something different while bestowing a great deal of power to them.

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"To implement a higher catch, Zeman said the council will ask Patricia Kurkul, NOAA's northeast regional fisheries director, to issue another emergency order - this time, to allow anglers to catch more black sea bass."

 

Any idea how long this will take? I'd love to get out this winter.

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