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Recreational Fishing Alliance

 

Between the RFA and the FRA, there is a war battling upon the steps of our Government, between the will of the people and the will of those who would privatize our oceans, the fish and your rights; to both fueled by PEW and EDF, with the formation of the National Ocean Council. Dr. Jane Lubchenco, head of NOAA and our own Government are encroaching into State privileges which could be considered a possible invasion of State laws.

 

By such, The Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) is a national, 501(c)(4) non-profit grassroots political action organization that has been representing individual sport fishermen and the sport fishing industry since 1996. “The biggest challenge we face is the fight to reform and bring common sense and sound science into the fisheries management process, says James Donofrio, RFA founder and Executive Director. “Anti-fishing and extreme environmental groups are working everyday to get us off the water.”[1] On the same note, The Fishing Rights Alliance, FRA, advocates the sustainable use of and access to marine fisheries. The FRA promotes reasonable and effective fisheries management policies primarily through community and political activism and user group interaction with the scientific community and the various regulatory agencies. The FRA has for years backed area (Florida) anglers in their right to fish through the leadership of Denny O'Hern, an individual who, once hooked, won't back down. Right now, the FRA needs your help![2] Gags are about to come off your tables, unless you buy them from Walmart in the freezer section.

Between our Lobbyist Efforts of all at the RFA with more than a dozen years working inside the Beltway and within state capitols along the coasts, RFA has become known as one of the nation’s most respected lobbying organizations worldwide, combined with the FRA and its devoted membership in substantiating our rights to fish in Florida waters without others trying to take it away, we have a winning team combined with The Online Fisherman and we have a bone to pick and an injustice to right.

Dennis O'Hern is out to pick a bone with the FWC. He needs your help needed your help! The links still work, so as you may view as too just what transpired but this battle is now over but not the war. We are trying to save your fishing rights. Remember the slogan: I VOTE, I FISH! and just let us see which government officials will open their eyes to ears?

The National Marine Fisheries Service is pressuring the State of Florida to submit to closures, lost jobs and economic devastation based on flawed data and outdated science; $3 billion dollars in economic activity and more than 5000 jobs will be lost PERMANENTLY, if State Gulf waters are closed to recreational anglers. The Florida, FWC, Florida Wildlife Commission, will take action on the closure issue next week, on APRIL 6 and 7th, 2011, 8:30 each day, Florida Public Safety Institute Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy 215 Academy Drive Havana, FL 32333 Phone: 850-201-7964. The Meetings are open to the public each day. Gag Grouper is but one of the agendas on the list. To add insult to a slap in the face, is too the agenda includes: Bonefish Size Limit, Temporary Possession of Bonefish, Bonefish Tournaments, Exemptions, Red-drum Assessment changes, 68B-14. 0039 Recreational Grouper Seasons, Recreational Amberjack Season, Permit, Florida pompano, African pompano, 68B-35.005, Commercial Pompano Harvest Requirements: Pompano Endorsement Criteria; State and Federal Waters Pompano Daily Harvest Limits and License Requirements for Sale or Purchase , Permit Closed Season, Stone Crab Extension of State Rules into Federal Waters, Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program - Per Florida Statute 327.4105, Review and discussion of the 2010 Florida Spotted Seatrout Stock '.

 68B-14. 0039 Recreational Grouper Seasons - This section would be modified to close recreational Gulf of Mexico gag grouper harvest from June 1 through September 15, 2011 and November 16, through December 31, 2011. These closures would occur in 2011 only and would be consistent with recent federal action.

 And for those who are looking to burn some calories in catching an AJ: 68B-14. 004 Recreational Amberjack Season - (NEW) This section would be created to establish a closed season for Gulf of Mexico amberjack harvest from June 1 through July 31 each year. This closure would be consistent with recent federal action.

  "...that government of, by and for the people shall not perish from this earth..."

 You can stop this, if you take action now!

Ready to TAKE SOME ACTION?

[1] http://www.joinrfa.org/Index.asp

[2] http://www.thefra.org/

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