SAFMC Vision Project hearings start on July 13th

Important public hearings start next week in Florida on the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s snapper-grouper Vision Project.

This long-term snapper-grouper management plan, which was promised by the SAFMC to be “stakeholder-driven,” contains measures that are overwhelmingly opposed by stakeholders: catch share programs for both commercial and for-hire fishermen that will privatize the fishery, expensive and burdensome vessel electronic monitoring for all fishermen, and more closed fishing areas.

It’s turned into a radical plan driven by the SAFMC and special interest groups that must be stopped.

Here’s the public hearing/listening station schedule for next week in Florida:

All start at 6 pm.

Monday, July 13th:
Hampton Inn & Suites, 95 Vilano Rd., St. Augustine, FL 32084

Tuesday, July 14th:
Florida FWC Field Office, 1-A Max Brewer Memorial Parkway, Titusville, FL, 32796

Wednesday, July 15th:
City of Stuart Offices, 121 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart, FL 34994

Thursday, July 16th:
Marathon Government Center, 2798 Overseas Hwy, 1st Floor, Marathon, FL 33050

I urge you to attend the public hearing/listening station in your area and speak out against the Vision plan. Bring other stakeholders with you. If you can’t attend, there are webinars associated with each hearing. Click here for a list of the hearing locations for all states and webinar registration.

Also, help fight this radical plan by:

  1. Emailing your comments opposing the plan to: amber.vonharten@safmc.net. Ask other fishermen, dealers, wholesalers and consumers to send in comments.
  2. Personally contacting the SAFMC members from your state that represent you and tell them why you oppose the Vision plan. Click here for the contact information.
  3. Posting this link on your Facebook page to help spread the word about the Vision plan and the importance of speaking out against the plan: www.sustainablefishing.org/help_stop_catch_shares_in_the_south_atlantic

Be heard on this very important plan. Thank you in advance for your help on this important issue!

Tom Swatzel
Executive Director
Sustainablefishing.org

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