SAVE THE MAHI PETITION December 13, 2021
SAVE THE MAHI PETITION
To: NOAA Fisheries
Please accept this letter as public comment on behalf of 5,000 individual anglers who have signed the Save The Mahi petition
We’re writing today regarding Atlantic Mahi Mahi and Wahoo – Amendment 10
Florida Sportsman Magazine, South Atlantic Fishing Environmentalists (SAFE),
The Billﬁsh Foundation, The West Palm Beach Fishing Club,
International Game Fish Association
Dolphin are an extremely important species for recreational ﬁshing, in Florida alone over 1-million anglers pump more than 9-billion dollars into the economy annually. In fact surveys regularly show dolphin are the most popular catch among oﬀ shore sport ﬁshermen. Downward trends apparent in NOAA Fisheries data for both recreational catches and commercial landings are cause for alarm. Equally concerning is NOAA’s ongoing failure to invest in a current stock assessment.
Scientists may assume dolphin populations are abundant and insulated from over-ﬁshing due to the fact that the species is a proliﬁc spawner and widely distributed throughout tropical/subtropical oceans. However, U.S. anglers and charter boat captains by the thousands are seeing a ﬁshery in trouble. Hundreds of public comments made on the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s public comment section for Amendment 10 were calling for stricter limits to the dolphin ﬁshery.