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Thanks A Lot, BP

What Next?

So now what?

The spill is apparently over.  Time to rebuild what was broken, restore the Gulf and the Gulf Shore as much as possible and hope that the Government has "got our back" as well as they have the snapper's.

The Government site RestoreTheGulf.gov has detailed information about all the programs and projects underway to do just that, restore the Gulf.  There are programs you can get involved in if you have the time, there are programs you should be aware of if you have suffered any loss of income, and there is lots of general information about just what is still being done and is planned on for the near future.  Well worth a read.

RestoreTheGulf.org

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Washington Update November 2012

Greetings from Washington, DC
 
House and Senate Committee staff are making some headway with the USCG Reauthorization bill. We have been working on this bill all year. So far, we are seeing good progress on the NPDES permit issue and dockside inspection periodicity. Stay tuned for more news on this in the weeks leading up to Christmas break.
 
Despite ongoing efforts by Congress to address this NPDES permit issue, we should expect the EPA to issue the new vessel discharge permits in December with a delayed implementation of one year. So, the new permits will NOT be required until DECEMBER 2013…unless we can get Congress to Act before that time. That is part of the ongoing USCG Reauthorization negotiations.
 
Best regards,
Rick Marks
S.O.F.A. Lobbyist

 
Proposed Changes to Management Plan

NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on a proposed rule for the Gulf of Mexico reef fish fishery. The rule would modify accountability measures for shallow-water grouper and change the framework procedure for the reef fish fishery management plan..  Like all newly proposed regulations or changes to existing regulations, you should familiarize yourself with this and speak up if you have any opinions or strong feelings about it.  This is your resource they are managing and you should take part in the process or at least keep an eye on it.  This particular amendment seems to mostly affect reporting and possible closures of recreational sectors but even so, being informed is the best defense in these matters.

Notice is here

 
Proposed Changes to Management Plan

NOAA is soliciting Public Comments on Amendment 38, an amendment to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources in the Gulf of Mexico.  Like all newly proposed regulations or changes to existing regulations, you should familiarize yourself with this and speak up if you have any opinions or strong feelings about it.  This is your resource they are managing and you should take part in the process or at least keep an eye on it.  This particular amendment seems to mostly affect reporting and possible closures of recreational sectors but even so, being informed is the best defense in these matters.

Notice is here.

pdf of complete Amendment 38

 
D.C. Update - Oct. 3, 2012

We received this from our man in Washington, Rick Marks, and felt it was important to share it right away.

Please see the attached national seafood marketing bill that is just now being introduced in the U.S. Senate. There will be a companion effort to have this same bill introduced in the House. As you can see from the email below, the bill is being supported by the National Seafood Marketing Coalition based in Alaska.

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The D.C. Update: October 5, 2012

From Rick Marks, our lobbyist in Washington, D.C.:

As part of our ongoing effort to secure a permanent exemption from the EPA NPDES discharge permits for all our fishing boats regardless of size, I met with Sara Decker in Senator Rubio's office yesterday. Senator Rubio has formally introduced the attached discharge bill as S.3570. This bill contains the same permanent exemption for our commercial fishing vessels that is provided in Senator Begich's bipartisan S.3332. You recall we have been supporting S.3332 all along since that was the only bill being offered at the time in the Senate to resolve the discharge issue. 

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Council Meeting and Documents

Re: Reef Fish August Council Meeting in New Orleans | August 12, 2012

We received a copy of this email and the three documents below and feel they may be of interest to our members.


Dear Reef Fish Advisory Panel,

Please see the three attached committee reports (Reef Fish, Data Collection, and Joint Artificial Reef/Habitat) as well as the full Council motions passed at the August Council meeting in New Orleans.

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