Attend a Public Meeting and speak out against Amendment 40
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has scheduled a series of public hearings over the next few weeks on a dangerous privatization scheme for Gulf red snapper (see full schedule below). Reef Fish Amendment 40 - Sector Separation proposes to separate charter/for-hire business from the recreational sector and give personalized allotments of red snapper to use as their own.
Bills seek to curb unilateral power to designate marine monuments, no-go zones
There is currently no Congressional oversight and no opportunity for public comment or for review of the proposed monument designation through the Antiquities Act.
Since catch share programs are expressly designed to reduce capacity, we are opposed to such programs in the recreational sector since they reduce access to red snapper. In addition, it is very possible that for-hire operators who feel compelled by current circumstances to favor this course of action today could find themselves out of the fishery entirely within just a few years.
It must be emphasized at the outset that it is highly unusual for the name of the applicant, the amount of the quota involved, the names of the applicant’s boats, and the name of the scientist involved in this proposal to be redacted or omitted from the permit. Omissions of such basic, necessary information immediately raise a red flag as to the scientific integrity of this request and make it difficult to ascertain the true implications of this permit application.
Today, Florida’s First District Court of Appeal issued an opinion upholding the net ban amendment…again.
CCA Florida once again led the charge to support the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
(FWC) regulations implementing the Constitutional Amendment that was passed by 72% of the voters in 1994.
Corrected figures show commercial sector shrank by $2.3 billion in 2012
Private/public effort launches artificial reefing project to save famed Louisiana trout hotspot
A $1.2 million plan to preserve habitat in the area known as the Pickets, often referred to as hallowed ground in Louisiana trout fishing circles, was unveiled this week by officials of Apache Corporation, Fieldwood Energy LLC, Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), and the State of Louisiana, in coordination with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). As soon as the energy structures and pilings are removed per federal requirements from Ship Shoal 26 sometime in July, this cooperative effort at the local level is set to deploy 15,000 tons of concrete rip-rap in three artificial reefs to maintain the summer-time hotspot for speckled trout and the anglers who pursue them out of Cocodrie and Dularge.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meets next week in Key West and expectations could hardly be lower for the recreational sector. For a management arena that is as big a mess as this one, that is really saying something. But one need look no further than a little-noticed event that occurred at the April 2014 Council meeting for evidence that this is a system in need of some serious housecleaning.