- East Coast Fisheries Section
- Captain Dave Nelson testifies in Congressional Hearing: Red Snapper stock artifically collapsed
- Letter from Jimmy Hull, Chairman, SFA ECFS to David Cupka, SouthEast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR) Committee Chair
- Red snapper science project wraps
- Editorial: Catch share push hits new depths on dishonesty mete
In SEDAR 15 30,000,000 pounds of red snapper landings were fabricated using data deemed “unreliable”. In SEDAR 24, the computer was allowed to destroy the red snapper stock before any data was available and did not follow basic scientific guidelines violating the Magnuson-Stevens Act.
Watch testimony: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cZi17SvSMI&NR=1
Letter from Jimmy Hull, Chairman, SFA ECFS to David Cupka, SouthEast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR) Committee Chair
David Cupka, SouthEast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR) Committee Chair
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC) Chair
4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201
North Charleston, South Carolina 29405
Friday May 27, 2011
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To: Mr. David Cupka,
Southeastern Fisheries Association (SFA) East Coast Fisheries Section (ECFS) Board and members want me to submit this letter to your attention for agenda consideration with regard to the SAFMC SEDAR Committee meeting to be held at 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM, Sunday June 12, 2011 in the Marriott, Key West, Florida. You are the chair of the SEDAR Committee and also the chair of the SAFMC. You are in a position of great influence affecting the SFA ECFS membership fishing interests. Gregg Waugh suggested to address our concerns and desires about the SEDAR process to you for the SEDAR Committee toconsider at the June 12, 2011 Key West SAFMC meeting. This request includes allowing the SFA ECFS consultant to speak at the SEDAR Committee meeting when in attendance and when the SAFMC full membership discusses SFA ECFS issues with the SEDAR process also.
Fishermen optimistic on fish population data
By DINAH VOYLES PULVER, Environment writer Daytona Beach News-Journal.
The crew of the NOAA vessel Pisces wraps up its work today on red snapper populations, returning to Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville after a two-week research cruise off the North and Central Florida coasts.
The boat and its crew represent the best hope of local commercial and charter fishermen, who have battled with the federal government for years over the status of red snapper stocks in the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast.
“I’m optimistic,” said David Nelson, a local fishing captain. “The only thing that will get anything changed is better data.”
Bonnie Ponwith, who oversees federal fisheries science in the Southeast, called the Pisces research cruise “a really exciting development” during the second year of a new effort to gather information to improve the assessment of fish populations.