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    Default SAFMC: Frequently Asked Questions

    I cannot bear to read this crap. I cannot believe what I'm reading. It would be cool if someone took this .pdf, and wrote a counter-response for every bullet made and posted it here.

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     The bulk of red snapper landings are from the recreational fishery, with recreational landings exceeding commercial landings by 2-3 fold over the assessment period. Between 2000 and 2006, the recreational sector accounted for about 72% of total red snapper landings.

    Q. Why does the fishery need to be closed? Can’t the bag limit simply be reduced from 2 fish
    to 1 fish, or the size limit be increased from 20 inches for both the recreational and
    commercial fisheries?
     The total mortality (landings and discards) of red snapper must be reduced by 87% to end overfishing.
     The discard mortality rate, or the number of fish that die even when they are released, is estimated at 40% for the recreational fishery and 90% for the commercial fishery (the commercial numbers are higher because of the depths fished and differing handling practices).

    Q. Where did the data used in the SEDAR stock assessment come from? How were the data
    used in the assessment dating back to the 1950s and ‘60s collected?
     Data used for the assessment consist of records of commercial catches provided by dealer and fishermen reports since the 1940s, headboat fishery catch records from the Southeast Headboat Survey since 1972, and recreational catch records from the Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey (MRFSS) since 1981. Also included are U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recreational fisheries surveys of the 1960s and 1970s. Data through 2006 were included in the assessment.
     Landings and effort information are provided by dealer and fishermen reports and surveys. Information on catch lengths and ages is provided by sampling programs that support the catch statistics programs. Information on biological characteristics, such as age, growth, and reproduction, is provided by various research studies.
     All of the data used in the assessment are described in the SEDAR 15 red snapper stock assessment report available on the SEDAR web site at: http://www.sefsc.noaa.gov/sedar/. The SEDAR web site also provides extensive supporting documentation that describes data collection programs and research findings.
     Data sources for the 1960s and 1970s include surveys conducted by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and by the National Marine Fisheries Service. These sources are referenced in the SEDAR 15 report and available with the red snapper assessment documentation on the SEDAR website.
     The reliability and precision of these data sources, especially those related to catch, effort, and size and age composition, generally increases over time. *meaning the more you hear bullshit the more you believe bullshit; bad data isn't like a bourbon, it doesn't get better with age...* This trend is largely due to increased requirements for reporting by all participants implemented through programs such as the commercial logbook system and state trip ticket programs.
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