I have listed some educational links that will help paint the picture of the battle ahead of us. I'm not claiming to know every aspect, but I feel compelled to educate myself and others on this vital issue. My seven year old daughter's favorite fish is a red snapper. She looks up at me and asks " when can we go get my favorite fish"? I cringe at the thought that it could be 30 or more years before she can keep one for dinner. Will I be able to take her then, when I am in my 70's. Hopefully we can regain some "common sense" which has become such a "rare sense". Meanwhile the snappers are swarming out there making it hard to fish for other species.
The cobia are thick up and down the east coast. The runs last longer and the fish seem to be getting larger. One can't help but think the current cobia management strategy is working, but now they are talking about going to the extreme of one cobia per boat???? It does not make sense until you realize their true goal is for you not to fish!!!
Get involved by learning more, joining an organization that is fighting on your behalf and by contacting your political represenatives to let them know you are for flexible and science based management and will vote accordingly.
This is an active group fighting for our rights: http://eastcoastfishingsection.com/
A very interesting article with an eye opening spread sheet tracing the big money being used by environmental groups. (Link below) http://www.fishtruth.net/
This is the link to show over half a billion dollars donated against fishermen:
Here is a link to the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA). They are fighting the legal battle on our behalf and I have renewed my membership because I believe a legal battle is the only way to undo the unjustified regulations in place. http://joinrfa.org/
Here is the link to the Federal SAFMC to see what is being proposed and implemented: http://www.safmc.net/