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Old 04-19-2017, 08:33 AM   #101
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Put an emphasis on enforcing existing laws.
You keep talking about the enforcement of existing laws. And while I generally agree with this concept, the problem is there are not enough game wardens to monitor what every oyster boat is doing. Furthermore, it shouldn't require constant monitoring to operate within the law. And it's abundantly clear they have no intent of policing themselves or operating within the confines of the existing laws. Since the oyster boats don't want to do it, it's going to be legislated. They have nobody to blame but themselves.
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Old 04-19-2017, 08:58 AM   #102
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Newsflash, Prices are going to going up no matter what. Even with your plan, retired licenses mean less boats on the water and oysters at the dock, couple lower supply with higher demand and prices are going up just like they have with shrimp and fin-fish. Hopefully the supply lowering results in a rebound in the fishery if mother nature cooperates, no guarantee of that but we can do better than the current system and HB51 is our only pending legislation taking a step in the right direction.

Boat prices for Shrimp and Crab have been stagnant for years while over that same period oyster prices have almost tripled. In addition non effective regulation that artificially drives up prices is the last thing you want. It will cause the price of both oysters and licenses to go up and when you are trying to "retire" licenses you don't want them being worth more.

Keep in mind I have a commercial oyster license. In the short run, I am going to make more money if they pass this nonsense as written. Which is why the big boys like it. Just had my best year oystering in decades harvesting much fewer oysters.

However, unlike some of the other guys I am looking at the long term stability of the fishery. Driving the price up will:

A.) Put more pressure on the resource.
B.) Cost the State much more to retire licenses.
C.) Incentivize inactive boats to hit the water.

None of which are good things.

I think we agree on HB-51 as it pertains to the buyback. It's a good thing. Keep that, trash everything else in the bill that will not be effective and just drive the price up.
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Old 04-25-2017, 10:06 AM   #103
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HB 51 will be heard on the house floor this morning if anyone wants to watch.

Here is the Link.
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Old 04-25-2017, 12:20 PM   #104
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H.B. 156 in the Louisiana Legislature will exclude the use of scrappers/dredges to harvest oysters on Calcasieu Lake.
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Old 04-25-2017, 05:57 PM   #105
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Amendments added today put some serious teeth in the bill, will be interesting to see who in the industry continues to support the bill. Bet I know one that will be mad
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Old 04-26-2017, 06:37 AM   #106
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maybe we need a few ICE boats running around. seems like quite a bit of the problem could be quickly rectified with a little "redistricting"
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Old 04-26-2017, 07:54 AM   #107
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Amendments added today put some serious teeth in the bill, will be interesting to see who in the industry continues to support the bill. Bet I know one that will be mad
Pretty typical of our politicians. Start with a good bill like a license buy back program and "amend" it so that it becomes an un-enforceable and ineffective piece of bureaucratic non-sense.
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Old 04-26-2017, 12:33 PM   #108
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maybe we need a few ICE boats running around. seems like quite a bit of the problem could be quickly rectified with a little "redistricting"
In Matagorda, I'm pretty certain it would be close to 100%.
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Passed the house as amended, on to the Senate where the amendments will be debated with a little more vigor I'm sure.
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Hate to say I told you so but HB 51 has now been amended about 100 times and has lost all support of the industry in its current form.

If you like to eat fresh Texas Oysters please write your local representative and tell them HB 51 in it's current form is a disaster.

As usual the bureaucrats in Austin like their brethren in Washington have attached so much "BS" to an otherwise good bill it has become a quagmire of un-inforceable nonsense.


http://legiscan.com/TX/text/HB51/2017
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