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    Default South Atlantic Recreational Hogfish to close August 24th through end of 2015

    This closure does not affect state waters which extend out 3 miles from shore (unless you have a federal headboat/charter grouper snapper permit) and does not affect the commercial harvest of hogfish in either federal or state waters. However, the South Atlantic Council is in the process of making new regulations (Snapper Grouper Amendment 37) that will affect both the recreational and commercial sectors and may include changes to size limits, bag/trip limits and closed seasons. Those rules are projected to become effective some time in 2016.
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    So let me get this strait. Federal commercial harvest is still allowed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HogWild26 View Post
    So let me get this strait. Federal commercial harvest is still allowed?
    Commercial harvest of hogfish is still open in all federal and state waters of the South Atlantic because only 40% of the commercial catch limit has been harvested so far - see S. Atlantic Commercial ACL Homepage :: Southeast Regional Office. Both the recreational and commercial harvest of hogfish in the Gulf of Mexico are unaffected by this closure.
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    Where do they get this data? Doesn't make sense to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckd View Post
    Where do they get this data? Doesn't make sense to me.
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    It doesn't make any sense to me either. The harvest of hogfish has increased, so they think that they are being over fished and ignoring the possibility that there might be plenty of hogfish. I know there are areas on the East Coast where hogfish are hard to come by, but off Boca Raton I can usually shoot a limit of five fish practically any day - perhaps because of our proximity to deep water which is a de facto marine protected area because it is impossible to put any significant spearfishing pressure on the hogfish in those depths. Here is the the scoping document that they are using to justify bigger size limits, smaller bag limits and shorter seasons: http://safmc.net/sites/default/files...ised081015.pdf Take a look at Tables 4. 11 and 12 of the scoping document which shows the historical commercial and recreational landings used to calculate the sector allocations. Sure, there are fluctuations up and down over time, but the most recent years cited are at the mid and higher levels of the historical range. The harvest (measured in pounds mind you) is not spiraling down.
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    Having seen the data they are going to use (best available), I can tell you that the future isn't good for hogfishing in the South Atlantic. According to the science, they are both over-fished and undergoing overfishing and quite a bit so. Not sure how yet but there is going to be further restricting coming down the pipe.

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