[Coral-List] sport fishing restrictions - suggestions

Steve LeGore slegore at mindspring.com
Wed Jan 30 15:26:17 EST 2013

This is definitely not off-topic.  Anyone attempting to regulate recreational fishermen without involving them in the process is doomed to failure.  They are frequently more aware of local resource issues, they understand problems faced by the fishery, as well as attitudes among its practitioners, and if they feel included and that their concerns have been seriously considered, they can often become key advocates of a well-crafted regulatory approach.
.. . . Steve LeGore

-----Original Message-----
>From: Alice Grainger <alicetgrainger at gmail.com>
>Sent: Jan 30, 2013 12:29 PM
>To: Shortfin Mako Shark <shortfin_mako_shark at yahoo.com>
>Cc: "coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov" <coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov>
>Subject: Re: [Coral-List] sport fishing restrictions - suggestions
>Dear All,
>I know this is slightly off-topic, but involving sport fishermen in
>conservation and monitoring efforts (tagging, data collection etc) can be
>extremely useful. This involvement also engages sport-fishers who may feel
>marginalised or targeted by the conservation community.
>I wonder if something like this kind of stakeholder engagement could ever
>be built into legislation.
>Very best,
>On Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 4:40 PM, Shortfin Mako Shark <
>shortfin_mako_shark at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> Nicole:
>> I too would be very interested in responses from the group. As you
>> probably already know, recreational/spot anglers are loosely regulated in
>> the United States and other geographical locations. In general, there are
>> no biding regulations and policies in the U.S.
>> Historically, the basic approach has been to collect voluntary
>> information through phone and face-to-face interviews. I and others have
>> published articles using this type of information. Basically, the only
>> requirement for recreational fishermen in the U.S is to purchase a
>> saltwater fishing license (not every state requires this though) and to
>> abide by state and federal bag, size, and seasonal limits. There are also
>> a few closed areas in the U.S.. that require anglers to release their catch
>> alive. In the last few years the NMFS has also imposed requirements on
>> recreational anglers to register fishing tournments and catches of highly
>> migratory species (HMS), such as swordfish, billfish, and tuna; HMS anglers
>> also need to purchase a permit if they intend to target these species.
>> Also, most recreational anglers cannot sell their catch. However, in some
>> locations (Hawaii), charter fishermen can sell their catch. Overall, this
>> group is mostly un-regulated by state and federal govenment and I
>> personally don't see this changing any time soon in the U.S. because some
>> believe this might overstep personal rights issues in the U.S; it would
>> also take an Act of Congress to make this happen. The current big issue is
>> gun contol not fisheries so I don't see anything changing. Many tournaments
>> self-impost thier own limits and rules that are usually more conservative
>> then state and federal reguations..
>> Juan Levesque
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>> From: Nicole Cernohorsky <niki4c at gmail.com>
>> >To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
>> >Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 7:47 AM
>> >Subject: [Coral-List] sport fishing restrictions - suggestions
>> >
>> >Hello,
>> >
>> >I have been asked to give thoughts and advise on recreational fishing
>> >policy/regulations in Lakshadweep Islands in the Indian Ocean.
>> >
>> >I am wondering if anyone could share their experience with sports-fishing
>> >management
>> >or direct me to important papers I should read when consulting
>> recreational
>> >fishing restrictions... the pros and cons of catch and release...etc.
>> >
>> >If anyone knows of perhaps any Pacific islands that have successfully
>> >managed this type of fishery, I would be very grateful if you let me know.
>> >
>> >
>> >Thank you.
>> >
>> >Nicole Cernohorsky
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