The system has been rigged since the 2006 hijack of Magnuson, designed to intentionally reduce our fishing days in an attempt to coerce us into accepting their catch share BS. They want to EXPAND that cash cow into the recreational fisheries and THAT is what all of this is about. Nothing more, nothing less. The health of the fisheries and the well-being of our coastal communities and fishermen have absolutely NOTHING to do with it. The NMFS needs to be de-funded and the control and management of our fisheries handed over to the states where they belong, as this scam has revealed them for what they are (hint: and it's NOT competent fisheries managers). Captain Thomas J. Hilton
Reps Bonner & Southerland have introduced a bill into the house & senate that would turn the regulation making power of reef fish over to each of the five Gulf states out to 120'.
This bill deserves the support of everyone interested in free access to our fishery. In addition, MSA must be amended to give much needed flexibility. The 'scam' must be reversed! Bob Harbison