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Hope and pray that folks type the title into their respective browsers and pay close attention to what ensues-ya aint gonna like what ya see,unless ya happen to be either a Canadian or S African menhaden(pogie)company!!!Let's see what we can do to restore our fishing stocks by abolishing this utterly destructive harvesting practice!

Mandevillian
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I knew when I sent you the article you would become infuriated...article initiated by a Venice, LA charter-guide to the 'Sport Fishing Magazine' which is a national and possibly an international magazine. The guide also furnished pics of the pogey operation working just off the Louisiana-coast. Grand Isle is annually impacted by these pogey-companies.

What ever powers in Baton Rouge (elected officials) are allowing Omega-Canada and Daybrook-South Africa unlimited/unrestricted amounts of pogy to be caught with ONLY stipulation of a maximum of 5% by-catch. That is a lot of breeder-redfish, trout, drum, etc, etc to be uselessly killed, ,harvested and often discarded! The companies themselves 'submit what they catch' and last year, reported over 3/4-BILLION POUNDS OF POGEY CAUGHT...775,000,000,000-pounds JUST OFF THE COAST OF LOUISIANA!!!

5% is alot of redfish, trout, drum, croakers, etc....PLUS they are removing an important and staple food source for trout.

Omega/Daybrook lobbyists in Baton Rouge have very deep pockets and has been bringing it to Baton Rouge AND WILL CONTINUE.

Went to the meeting in Metairie tonight and forwarded you the 'slide-show/presentation' by the LWFD!
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Wow just watched the videos. Never really thought about that side of the impact of this process. Just looked at those boats in empire as pogey catching boats. Whats the big deal right. Well that's a major impact. 3/4 of a billion pounds of bait removed plus all the other dead fish. Basically legal gill netting from what I saw on the videos. But boy you talking about some deep deep pockets there. Shoot that's a lot of good ol Louisiana political paid vacations at fancy resorts to be able to continue this practice. Drinks included
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duck buster 2013 : just read your post , well said thinking it’s about time that these slimy handed politicians are called out ?? Who ever they be !! πŸ§™β€β™‚οΈπŸŽ£
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Yep,Sportsmen,deep pockets indeed,and I have seen the power of influential lobbyists via my 27 year stint in the extremely powerful Pharmaceutical Industry and now have seen it in another extremely powerful lobby,the Insurance Industry.Gotta expose this to all who truly care about what is truly going on,maybe none other than Lee Zurik might get something rectified.If enough concerned Sportsmen and Sportswomen and children get even a glimpse of this,maybe something will be done to cure a serious ailment!!

Mandevillian
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The most STINK coming out of this is those in charge at wlf and the legislature . This is the same sellout they gave us back in the late 70's and 80's...Wlf gunna tell you it's the legislature , they gunna say Wlf in charge of that till they kill everything and the boats leave and we got stuck with a closed redfish season and 5 fish limit....Wonder how it be someone with knowledge of Reps e/mail address and post for all fisherman to send e/mail and fill their computers maybe they listen....I doubt it though till the money runs out....They already coming after us telling us trout are overfished.....
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don't forget about those poor poor almost extinct red snapper. When you fill your boat up with gas get a few boxes of bait 100 lbs of ice a hotel room closer to the marina and some food so you and your buddy can pull up and catch your 4 fish. Meanwhile in commercial land they pull up to the same rig you fishing with a long line down there pull up besides you and put 100 snapper in the boat right in front of you. All in favor say yes for this to take place. Oh yeah we gonna offset seasons so you cant go throw you a few ajs in the boat with your limit of snapper to have a decent box of fish.
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Over fishing on menhaden in what decimated the Chesapeake Bay fisheries. It can happen here too. I have seen the thousands of dead bull reds directly caused by the pogy fleet for way too many years.
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Capt Rory,John C was at last night's LAWLF meeting in Metairie and I am still awaiting a reply to my e-mail regarding the menhaden issue plus my comments regarding the possible creel reduction/introduction of slot.If ya really wanna be totally disgusted,look up that link and get ready to really let em have it.Do need measures to possibly restore speck stocks but the menhaden industry needs to be regulated or we are missing a huge opportunity to have an equal playing field-not fair to let that rampant devastation continue while hitting the Charter/Recreational folks!!!

Mandevillian

P.S. Hope ya made last night's meeting and hope Mother Nature does not deter folks from attending tonight's meeting!!
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I bet captain. Being on the water as much as yall are I bet yall see some s..t. Can you imagine the total number of game fish killed by these boats and just tossed over like nothing. Breeder fish too. Stock fish. But hey like I stated above deep pockets get you anywhere. Everyone knows it. Hell how many gates are blocking waterways that only private land owners can access. Lotta oil and gas money. Deep pockets again. We are the only state that allows it. A friend of mine that bowfishes all over the country told me he owns land on certain rivers. He said if the river floods his land you can drive a boat wherever the water has risen. Not here though. Shoot certain areas look like gated deer leases with multiple gates to get through blocking access.
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Unfortunately,I did get a chance to publicly state my concerns regarding the utter devastation and there was NO answer given regarding the regulation of menhaden industry.The consensus of the folks in attendance was that freshwater intrusion a HUGE culprit in the serious reduction of speck biomass.No one BUT me even addressed this industry,sad,sad,sad!!!There were quite a number of seasoned veteran charter captains in attendance and I joked with the folks on my row dat we could somewhat tell via the voting on certain questions posed by Jason Adriance,the LAWLF Biologist conducting the meeting!!!Don't blame charter folks for voting their way and one even stated the economic concerns he had should a 12 trout creel limit be the decision made.

Mandevillian
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The annual raping that takes place in LA and MS is sickening. As the East coast wises up and imposes restrictions, what will this mean for LA? Will Omega try to make up for their East Coast losses over here in the GULF?

Has anyone heard of the Menhaden Defenders? We need to form some sort of organization that can bring awareness and hopefully change before its too late for us.
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Well,well,maybe getting an investigative reporter like Lee Zurik may be the answer we so desperately are seeking.Some of you folks may possibly remember the wonderful story broken by Lee regarding the former St.Tammany Parish Coroner and perhaps a similar expose' of the wonderful LA menhaden industry is in order.Let's see what transpires if Lee decides to take up the plight of concerned LA fishermen,commercial,guides,recreational!!!

Mandevillian
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