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    Default Now comes the privatization of fisheries

    Well more fun stuff coming down the pike. The SAFMC is proposing an "experiment" to essentially privatize 80% of the quota for six fish species off our coast and other states along the eastern seaboard. Grouper, amberjack, triggerfish, snapper, and a couple of others would be owned by a maximum of 25 holders of what is called an "Exempted Fishing Permit". This is very similar to the debacle that occurred in the Gulf a few years ago. See the attached link.

    http://www.sportfishingmag.com/recre...south-atlantic

    If you think the privatization of our public resources is not acceptable please write and or call the folks below. You can also comment on the SAFMC website as well. deadline is March 9.

    http://safmc.net/contact-us/
    Gov. Roy Cooper - http://governor.nc.gov/contact-governor-cooper
    Sen Thom Tillis - https://www.tillis.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-me(202) 224-6342
    Sen. Richard Burr - http://www.burr.senate.gov/contact/email (202) 224-3154

    SAMFC committee:
    Vice Chair Charlie Phillips -- [email protected] or 912-832-4423
    Chris Conklin -- [email protected] or 843-543-3833
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    From the SportfishingMag article Bruce linked to. Talking about who's behind this:

    "A group calling itself the South Atlantic Commercial Fishing Collaborative is using the oft-abused federal Exempted Fishing Permit process to request a two-year pilot program to assign private ownership privileges for those six species to up to 25 commercial vessels.

    In a brazen display, the South Atlantic Commercial Fishing Collaborative currently consists of four individuals, including two sitting South Atlantic Fishery Management Council members and one former member. The very people charged with managing these public marine resources for all Americans are using the system to position themselves to own those resources."

    This certainly has all the hallmarks of commercial interests carving up the public pie.

    Thanks Bruce.

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    As with all of these issues, it's normally best if we look at both sides. The plus side for catch shares "may" offer some positives. I'm not as well versed on this issue as many of you, but isn't it worth a look-see before writing the legislature?

    https://www.edf.org/oceans/how-catch...ising-solution

    https://www.edf.org/oceans/catch-shares-resources

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