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From Coastal Fisheries Reform Group (NC):

"Atlantic coastal states, our Marine Fisheries Commissioners voted today to continue this wasteful practice of trawling for stripers, and will continue to do so until the final 60,000 pounds of their quota is reached."

The slaughter will continue...........
 

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They are by GOD owed those 60,000#s and the 187,549.98 pounds they dump are legal. The chart they throw up next year will show 10% of that dump. Boycotting the OBX is only way eyes might open in the land of ignorance. How come no one visits in the winter anymore? Caton even went ape shoot over the trawl.
 

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Subject: Committee Meeting 2/10 - 2/11 - Striper Issue Results / Posted by: Rusty Dunnavant / 02/11/11

Devin, I just returned from this meeting today and I am sick at the results and actions this committee has decided to take. This periodic committee meeting was obviously scheduled for other management issues than just the stripers, but I will only address the outcome of the striper issues.

Prior to this meeting we heard the Director, Louis Daniel, would try to down play the actual number of stripers killed. He did, saying the photos he saw looked like only several hundred fish. He also mentioned the photo take from the air, the one you have on your site here, looked to him like seagulls. He did say this was only his opinion and no actual analysis of the photo had been made.

Nancy Fish brought a box containing all the emails, letters and phone call notes that their office had received and offered it to the committee members for their review. Over 450 as I recall. Several committee members, mostly representing the recreational fishery, did discuss the hook and line option as many other Atlantic states have now and Ana Beckwith tried to introduce the concept of the hook and line option for the trawling fleet to use to fulfill the remainder of their quota for this year. She said this would provide a good test going forward into next year for any revision of these regulations. There is no down side to this option and it virtually eliminates any bycatch or the over capture of fish that must be discarded as these pictures show. This was also the recommendation of the CCA.

Bottom line, after all the public comments from last nights and this morning were heard, the vast majority against this form of commercial fishing, and after all the emails and other communications were presented, the committee voted to ignore this input and once again open this fishery to trawling for a day or two using the same gear, 2000 lb limit per day with the transfer option until the remaining quota has been reached. The actual day or days this fishery will be open again will be decided by the committee and it was mentioned "when the fish are within the 3 mile limit once again"!

It was a mockery of the process and a true indication of just how much influence the commercial industry has in North Carolina. The only good that came from this is creating plenty of ammunition to go forward now and try to make the striper a "sport fish" only in NC.
 

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Same as ASMFC Meeting in Charleston this fall...

Thousands of e-mails, phone calls, letters asking the ASMFC to not expand the coastal quota, in the end North Carolina and Virginia said that there TOO MANY stripers, they need thinned out and we are managing for a single species.

If it was not for those Yankees in the Northeast, the quota would be raised!
 

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I'll say it again ,those meetings are only for show.All the decisions have been made behind closed doors.There really are no surprises here,these people who run the show are CORRUPT and their data is falsified to fit their desires.Game fish status may be our best hope,all the evidence that was gathered meant nothing to them.
 

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Subject: Committee Meeting 2/10 - 2/11 - Striper Issue Results / Posted by: Rusty Dunnavant / 02/11/11

Devin, I just returned from this meeting today and I am sick at the results and actions this committee has decided to take. This periodic committee meeting was obviously scheduled for other management issues than just the stripers, but I will only address the outcome of the striper issues.

Prior to this meeting we heard the Director, Louis Daniel, would try to down play the actual number of stripers killed. He did, saying the photos he saw looked like only several hundred fish. He also mentioned the photo take from the air, the one you have on your site here, looked to him like seagulls. He did say this was only his opinion and no actual analysis of the photo had been made.

Nancy Fish brought a box containing all the emails, letters and phone call notes that their office had received and offered it to the committee members for their review. Over 450 as I recall. Several committee members, mostly representing the recreational fishery, did discuss the hook and line option as many other Atlantic states have now and Ana Beckwith tried to introduce the concept of the hook and line option for the trawling fleet to use to fulfill the remainder of their quota for this year. She said this would provide a good test going forward into next year for any revision of these regulations. There is no down side to this option and it virtually eliminates any bycatch or the over capture of fish that must be discarded as these pictures show. This was also the recommendation of the CCA.

Bottom line, after all the public comments from last nights and this morning were heard, the vast majority against this form of commercial fishing, and after all the emails and other communications were presented, the committee voted to ignore this input and once again open this fishery to trawling for a day or two using the same gear, 2000 lb limit per day with the transfer option until the remaining quota has been reached. The actual day or days this fishery will be open again will be decided by the committee and it was mentioned "when the fish are within the 3 mile limit once again"!

It was a mockery of the process and a true indication of just how much influence the commercial industry has in North Carolina. The only good that came from this is creating plenty of ammunition to go forward now and try to make the striper a "sport fish" only in NC.
Let's hope the fish stay beyond the line.If that happens they will probably have a closed door meeting with the trawlers and tell them to fish past the line but do it after dark and don't get caught.A little sarcastic but closer to the truth than most would like to believe.
 

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They new all along they were going to reopen the season despite all the outrage. When you have a commisioner of MFC and a director of DMF, who own fish houses and trawlers, there is no doubt now ,money came first in their decision and not protecting a valuable resource. Very sad!!
 

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The ASMFC has very few success stories as far as fish they manage.

Dogfish ( spiny shark ) and Rockfish are about it. Eels , Herring , Menhadden , Sea Trout , etc - all have declined.

Watch as Rockfish follow suit. Only good thing - perhaps then the corrupt ASMFC will be shut down.

Guess we can all go after Dogfish in 2017 - not likely many Rock will be left.
 

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The charters reported a school of large rock just outside of the inlet in OBX...so I guess they will be netted up by Monday. Hard to beat a sacked house....got to make this fish a sports fish or they will be gone again. Sad state of affairs.
 

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Theres no doubt that recs kill a lot of fish to, our Dead discards (fish that died after release) is twice as much as the whole Commercial harvest
 

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more carnage

not over yet get ready for the gill net and hook and line fishery in the va bay and potomac river in late feb. and march all the fish that have made this far stiill have to go up the bay and get pounded on again when on there way to the spawning grounds just before they drop there eggs in late march and april it never ends
 
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