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A letter to the South Atlantic Council

May 19, 2011

 Council Members,


On April 7th, the South Atlantic Fisherman's Association (SAFA) sponsored an informal Q & A for in Murrells Inlet, SC for our local commercial fishermen to discuss management options for the SASG fisherywith Andy Strelcheck from NMFS (at the request of SAFA) and two fishermen from the Gulf of Mexico Reef fish Shareholder's Alliance (at the request of SAFA). 


Captains, deck hands, permit holders and boat owners from Morehead City, NC to Jacksonville, FLwere invited, and over 22 fishermen and permit holders attended.


The meeting lasted for more than four hours, and Andy provided clear answers and facts to South Atlantic fishermen on IFQs and other management options, and the fishermen from the Gulf talked to our guys about Gulf fisheries and their experiences in the Gulf.They answered many questions about IFQ's, days at sea, endorsements, derby fishing, and trip limits – they have been through almost all of those in the red snapper fishery. 


Both fishermen from the Gulf voted against IFQ'sin the red snapper referendum, but are now big proponents of IFQs.Should a referendum go outfor South Atlantic snapper grouper IFQs, we see it as only fair to show fishermen how an IFQ would work specifically for snapper grouper and provide more education about management, especially IFQs, before fishermen vote. 


Overall, I was very pleased with the meeting, as most fishermen came with an open mind and left with more information. We also have a few more guys here that now support IFQs in the SASG fishery.


Please contact me should you have any additional questions.

Christopher C. Conklin

Operator & Fleet Manager

Seven Seas Seafood Market
C & C Seafood



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