Proposed commercial harvest increase jeopardizes menhaden plan
Many places along the coast are seeing more menhaden than they have in years, and it's a wonderful sight.
Series of recommendations for next Administration and Congress urge improvements to public access that create jobs and enhance conservation
Monument will conserve important marine resources while maintaining public access for recreational fishing
The recreational fishing and boating community applauds the decision by President Obama to differentiate public use from commercial extraction of marine resources by including recreational fishing as an allowable activity in the new Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, located approximately 150 miles off the Massachusetts coast. This announcement carries on with the precedent in recent marine monument decisions to allow recreational fishing as an important and sustainable use of marine waters.
CCA comments to South Atlantic Council – dolphin reallocation, snapper-grouper, limited entry for charter/for-hire vessels
Anglers urge state managers to undo damaging regulations
A controversial decision to lower the minimum size limit for speckled trout to 13 inches eight years ago has resulted in exactly the kind of stock decline that recreational anglers feared at the time. Now, with a stock assessment showing that Mississippi’s speckled trout are indeed in trouble, the Mississippi Chapter of Coastal Conservation Association is calling on the Commission on Marine Resources to reverse course and take the necessary steps to put the fishery back on solid footing.
The upcoming meeting of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Sept. 12-16 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is one that could greatly impact the future of recreational angling in the region. Among the items up for discussion are an ad hoc, precedent-setting reallocation of dolphin from the recreational sector to the commercial sector, and a limited entry program for the charter/for-hire industry that would serve as the first step to privatization of marine resources.
A golden opportunity to solidify the ASMFC’s commitment to ecological management of menhaden was missed when the NOAA Fisheries’ representative to ASMFC voted against a measure to maintain the status quo that would have allowed conservation measures to restore menhaden to its full ecological potential.