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    Default Magnuson-Stevens Act

    Didnt see where it had been posted

    Here is a short 2007 amendment
    http://southernoffshorefishing.org/Magnuson07.pdf

    And the long version
    http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/magact/

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    Thanks Chad
    Its always good to know the rules
    It's not your "I know" but your "I will" that counts.

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    The additional provisions of the reauthorized Magnuson-Stevens Act (rMSA) were signed by the President over a year ago, and should be read and understood by anybody who cares about our fisheries.

    Thanks for providing that link, and I hope that many will take some time to go over the materials there.

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    You can't fight the battle or the war without knowing the rules!!!

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    Default Bad reporting by ESPN, and another, better, view.


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    Better view?

    In one sentence he states that "some fringe environmental groups have expressed foolish and extreme ideas about fishing which responsible anglers and sportsmen would certainly like to counter", and then in the next sentence "environmental groups, however, have legitimate concerns which recreational fishing groups can understand and work with to keep fishing open throughout America and still be wise stewards of the resource."

    I haven't seen one legitimate concern from PEW, Ocean Conservacy, or EDF that I would agree with let alone "work with them" to keep fishing open. The only concerns that they have are "overfishing" and we all know where that word has led us.

    However, the conflicts between commercial fishing groups and environmental groups throughout the country have been much more rancorous, and it is certainly not all the environmentalists' fault.
    Really? We're not in the mess that we're in today because the enviros haven't been breathing fire (lawsuits) down the backs of the regulators?

    While I do believe longlining needs to be eliminated, that's a low blow on commercial fishing. Commercial fishermen have a much more vested interest in sustainable fisheries than the average recreational guy.

    In state after state for decades commercial fishermen have made poor choices and overharvested species of fish. Meanwhile, both recreational anglers and environmentalists have fought to stop fish or other wildlife from being threatened or endangered due to unwise fishing practices.

    Instead of attempting to find a compromise, commercial fishing groups have fought these efforts every step of the way. Because of that, the feud between the environmental groups and the commercial fishing groups has become harsh and bitter, filled with ugly, unethical politics on both sides.

    What does this have to do with recreational fishermen? Right now, not a lot.
    Really? And this guy says he "covers fisheries management and politics" in the second sentence of the article. Let me tell ya Mr. Weeks, you're way f'n out of the loop buddaaay. All this crap has A LOT to do with the recreational fishermen. Has he not seen the recent closure to all bottom fishing off the east coast from 100 feet out stretching from GA to Key West? Guess he missed that unimportant closure on the recreational sector.

    Yes, some extreme groups are not liked by recreational anglers because their agenda really is extreme and, frankly, about as un-American you can get for a responsible southern sportsman like me. PETA is the biggest and best-funded example.
    Yeah, Mr. Weeks is really dialed in on what's going on WRT the environmental advocacy groups that are against fishing

    Most environmental groups have demonstrated the understanding that we must retain our nation's outdoors sports tradition while still protecting our natural resources. That is why the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force was created.
    I bet Jane Lubchenco called you up and gave you that tid bit eh?

    I have been writing about these issues in North and South Carolina for over 15 years and I can tell you without hesitation the worst enemy of commercial fishermen has been commercial fishermen. I have been pleading with them for years to explore compromise on these issues, and they will not.
    Another weak attempt to lay blame on the commercial sector for the mess that we are facing today. If you have been writing about these issues in NC and SC for 15 years how come your article fails to mention the recent closure of recreational bottom fishing off those coasts (which the boundary has recently been lowered to the GA/SC border due to backdoor agreements within the SAFMC). FAIL.

    Many anglers may not understand and may do the same thing ESPN writer Robert Montgomery is doing: Blame environmental groups and President Obama for the problem. And the commercial fishing industry will happily encourage them to do so. As recreational fishermen, we need to avoid that at all cost.
    Keep following the smoke and mirrors Mr. Weeks. Obama elected Jane Lubchenco to head NOAA. NOAA is the purse stringer for all the fishery management councils. It's not real hard to connect the dots. Thank God there are many angler advocacy groups who do not believe that crap that you're shoveling.

    If the ESPN article was bad then this one is even worse. This was Mr. Weeks WEAK attempt to point blame at the commercial sector for getting everyone in the mess that we're in. That is NOT what has occurred here and he would know that if he actually "covers fisheries management and politics".

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    Default Magnuson Stevens Act

    Huh, never heard about this Act...Ill talk to my local shop and see what I can do here in Washington

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