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FYI! Just to clear the air about the relationship of NMFS, ASMFC and the US Dept of Commerce, I just got this from ASMFC to explain the "pecking order" and help explain who reports to who. ASMFC is NOT a stand alone, independent agency, it functions inside the auspices of the US government.

"Under the Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act, the Commission may determine that a state is out of compli4emace with a mandatory conservation measure of a fishery management plan. If the Commission does make such a determination, it shall notify the Secretary of Commerce that the state be found out of compliance. If the Secretary of Commerce, after consultation with the state in question, concurs with the Commission’s recommendation of noncompliance, it may close fishing in that state’s waters for the species in question. It is the responsibility of the Commission to inform the Secretary of Commerce when said state comes back into compliance. The Commission and Department of Commerce (and the Department of the Interior) have a similar relation under the Atlantic Striped Bass Conservation Act.

The Commission also works closely with NOAA Fisheries, which falls under the Department of Commerce, on the majority of its managed species. NOAA Fisheries is a voting member on many of our species management boards as well as the Interstate Fisheries management program Policy Board."
 

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It is very helpful to cite references when cutting and pasting information into Tidalfish posts so that anyone that wants to try to better understand all this complex stuff can go read it for themselves. Below are a few refs, happy reading!

FYI the cobia closure is an action taken by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council which was created by Congress as part of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, which was last re-authorized by a GOP controlled Congress and was signed into law by G W Bush and it had broad bi-partisan support.

http://www.asmfc.org/

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/management/state_federal/documents/acfcma.pdf

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/management/state_federal/reports.html

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/management/councils/

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/laws_policies/msa/index.html

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/management/state_federal/index.html

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/management/recreational/index.html

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/management/acls_ams/index.html

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/management/allocation/index.html

http://safmc.net/

http://www.mafmc.org/
 

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Somehow I am reminded of a saying..
Oh what a tangled web we weave..............
and it goes well with the one ,
Power corrupts,.........
 

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I'm from the government and I am here to help....
Yeah, because zero government regulation of fisheries would be even better than the mess we have now.:rolleyes:
 

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Mr. Ahab- of course not; but any fool can look at the gigantic increase in the Cobia numbers from last year compared to historical numbers. It absolutely begs the question of why- and requires further study. But they blindly follow the numbers and grab something out of the air.
Sea Bass is another example of their gross inefficiency in managing a fishery. I saw in this months Sport Fish magazine where they were amazed that sea bass ate sea mice. Anyone who has ever fished offshore off them knows they feed on them regularly. Yet the very people who are supposed to be the 'experts in the field' do not have a clue. Maybe if they ever left the office they would actually learn something. They are great at collecting numbers, but where is the common sense? Ken Neill works closely with some, but not many. I could go on and on with other examples.
 
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