I have know Captain Buddy for many years. He is a man whom has earned our respect. In fact:
Captain Buddy Bradham is one of the most respected Captains in the State of Florida. Until retirement, Captain Buddy worked for years as a biologist for the State of Florida, FWC. Captain Buddy (MotherOcean) cares about the state of OUR fishery, and fishermen/woman. He remains a consummate professional.
Captain Buddy knows first hand the 'price' the FWC pays for the support of NOAA. Two cases of data manipulation as seen first hand by Captain Buddy:
(1) Reef fish over sand: NOAA requires that strict GPS numbers, provided by NOAA, be followed when sampling reef fish. Buddy has personally witnessed FWC, funds provided by NOAA, research vessels fishing over sand instead of ledges.
(2) NOAA refuses to use commercial fishermen's proven fish catching methods.
Question concerning the above: Why not use proven methods over productive areas? Could it be that real, current, data would not support shares/separation?
Captain Buddy read and approves of the above. Bob Harbison
Captain Buddy Bradham, MotherOcean Charters:
Guys I am still fighting for our rights even if I can't get on the water any more.The FWC Commissioners are have a meeting on Dec 6,2012 and we need to be writing letters letting them know we are not in favor of going along with the Federal rules any long. I feel it's time for Florida to take a stand like other Gulf states ave done to give their citizens more time on the water. They FWC is thinking of splitting the gulf at Hernando county to make different zones to govern Gags. If this is done we should be able to have a 4 month season. We hope it is Aug., Sept., Oct., and Nov. I have also been looking at the numbers they give and if we change to a 24" size limit, we should be able to have a 6 month season. Gags grow about 1/2" a month so all the 22" fish we have out there now will be 24" before we even have a chance for the season to open next year. Please take the time to go to the FWC website and send a letter to the commissioners. This is the only way I see we have a chance to start taking our fishery back.
If we send enough letters our voice will be heard
Capt. Buddy Bradham
"When men come to love a sea life, they are not fit to live on land"