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Vicious Shark Attacks on Recreational Fisherman from Port Aransas


The public hearing in Port Aransas had a great turnout.  Disregarding any commercial vs. recreational debate the NMFS plan presented is still in no way fair to recreational fisherman.    NMFS data says that the black tip shark population is doing fine yet wants to prohibit recreational fisherman from retaining black tips based on unsubstantiated concerns that recreationals may confuse a black tip for another species.  This is akin to saying that red drum should be a prohibited species because at some stage in its life it may look like a croaker!!  NMFS has only assumed but no scientific observer data to show any misidentification of sharks by recreational anglers.


NMFS does have data showing that there is substantiated misidentification of sharks by commercial fisherman but the proposed plan will still allow commercial fisherman to retain black tip and in many cases the over-fished sharks as well.  The commercial fish houses will be responsible for making sure good records of commercial misidentification are kept... 


If you did not make the public hearing in Port Aransas and seek salvation not to mention your right to catch sharks in the future then go to: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/hmsdocument_files/sharks.htm  if you would like to read more about proposed rules. 


Take action by emailing to SHKA2@noaa.gov  or faxing to (301) 713-1917 your demand to have recreational anglers retain a right to a portion of any allowable catch of every species of shark

A few points you may want to make are:
Any discrimination based upon an alleged inability of recreational anglers to identify a shark is unacceptable.  If NMFS wants to end errant take of protected species due to misidentification they can publish a useful key to shark identification.  The cost of such education is far less than the horrific damage to our economy and recreational interests.  You may request NMFS to provide you with a list of criminal convictions of recreational angers from retaining mis-identified (not wanton/knowingly retained) unallowed species of sharks. 
Treating the entire Atlantic East Coast and the Texas Gulf of Mexico as one fishery because they do not have time to conduct more accurate studies and make are-specific management decisions is wrong, ineffective, illegal and unfair especially considering the huge damage they are doing to our economy, industry, and recreational interests.  We have the right to demand and to be ruled using relevant, accurate, and complete information.
NMFS OLE has only four enforcement agents in the entire state of Texas, and only 25 for all the coastal and inland waters for the states from North Carolina through Texas to Mexico including Puerto Rico.  The four agents in Texas have only one 26' RIB boat which is on a trailer in Harlingen, TX.  The one remaining agent in Harlingen has to ask personnel from the USCG or TPWD to go out with him if he needs to use it since he is not allowed (obviously dangerous) to take it out by himself.  Ask NMFS to explain how he is supposed to respond in a timely manner and how the Galveston office is to respond at all.  These are FISHERIES law enforcement agents with out a boat.  Tell NMFS if they seek to enact more laws that hurt law abiding anglers we would like to see the current laws enforced FIRST.  You may mention to them how many days you have spent on the water in the last five years and how many NOAA Fisheries, Office of Law Enforcement agents that have been on your boat.  If NMFS is going to enact a laws that cost our coastal communities hundreds of millions of dollars from the loss of fisheries they must spend more on law enforcement FIRST.  NO MORE LAWS UNTIL THE CURRENT ONES ARE ENFORCED.

NMFS announces the availability of the draft Amendment 2 to the Consolidated Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) and its accompanying proposed rule. Amendment 2 examines different management alternatives available to rebuild sandbar, dusky, and porbeagle sharks, consistent with the 2006 shark stock assessments, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), and other applicable law. The proposed rule to implement Amendment 2 would, among other things, allow for a limited shark research fishery for sandbar sharks, establish a trip limit for commercial harvest of non-sandbar large coastal sharks (LCS), prohibit the landing and possession of porbeagle sharks, require all sharks landed to have fins attached through landing, eliminate the regions and trimester seasons, and modify the species that can be landed by recreational fishermen. These changes could affect all fishermen who fish for sharks in the Atlantic Ocean,the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea.  Copies of the draft Amendment 2 to the Consolidated HMS FMP, the latest shark stock assessments, and other documents relevant to this rule are available from the Highly Migratory Species Management Division website at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms or by contacting Heather Halter at 301-713-2347.




Amberjack and Grey Tiggerfish

There is a second public hearing in Corpus Christi on September 13 at 6:00 p.m. regarding Triggerfish and Amberjack.  Holiday Inn Emerald Beach; 1102 S. Shoreline Blvd.; Corpus Christi, Texas.  Among the proposals are three options one of which would give commercial fisherman almost three times the limit of other options.  Now is the time to weigh in your vote and protect the recreational percentage of any allocation.  If you do not then you will let commercial fishing interests be the ones to determine what percent of the fishery go's to recreational anglers.  Take action by attending the public hearing.



Texas State Fishing Licenses Now Required in Federal Waters

Effective September 1st, 2007 a Texas state saltwater fishing license is now required to fish in federal waters from Texas.  Go to: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/annual/general/information/ to buy one.  You may also place this information on your websites and send it to your charters so they do not show up without one.