Plan makes strides to improve habitat conservation while maintaining reasonable boating and fishing access
The National Park Service recently released the final General Management Plan (GMP) for Everglades National Park, which includes several changes that will affect recreational boating and fishing access and habitat conservation in the park. The recreational fishing and boating community expressed its collective appreciation to Everglades National Park officials for meaningfully addressing concerns that were raised during the GMP development process.
Taking a break from the excitement and activity of the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades show (better known as ICAST) in Orlando this summer, I had a chance to catch up with an old friend from Louisiana who covers fish and fishery issues for a local newspaper. As an aside, ICAST is the world’s largest sportfishing trade show, and draws people from all over the nation and the globe to check out the latest awesome innovations in fishing gear, technology and apparel. Every angler should make a pilgrimage to ICAST once in their lives just to baste in everything that makes angling so much fun.
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council should be commended for creating such a robust Draft Visioning Document for the snapper-grouper fishery. Nearly everything the Coastal Conservation Association would like to see included in the suite of management options for the South Atlantic snapper-grouper fishery is included; however, and unfortunately, nearly everything we would not like to see is also included. Given the length and detail of the document, we will provide thematic comment on the seven issues we believe are most critical for the proper management of the fishery, and for ensuring commensurate access to it for recreational anglers.
CCA Comments on Amendment to Fishery Management Plans for Snapper-Grouper, Golden Crab, and Dolphin and Wahoo
This move would also continue the “lose-lose” scenario facing the angling public, in which accountability measures are imposed if the recreational quota is exceeded, and yet the allowable recreational catch is reallocated if the recreational quota is not achieved.
Red Snapper Reallocation
Recreational fishing and boating community praises Congressional leaders for addressing flawed marine reserve decision
On the heels of the recent announcement to close over 10,000 acres of Biscayne National Park to fishing, a coalition of recreational fishing and boating organizations praised the introduction of a bipartisan bill, H.R. 3310, that will help stop this and similar unwarranted fishing closures from occurring. Led by Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), and 28 other original sponsors, the “Preserving Public Access to Public Waters Act” requires the National Park Service and Office of National Marine Sanctuaries to have approval from state fish and wildlife agencies before closing state waters to recreational or commercial fishing.
Building Conservation Trust joins effort to create new angling, diving destination
Marine fisheries and recreational angling off the coast of Jupiter, Florida, are set to get a boost this summer with the placement of 40 artificial reef cells in 88 feet of water. The CCA Building Conservation Trust has contributed $25,000 to the Andrew “Red” Harris Foundation for the project, which will utilize innovative reefing materials to create a thriving new ecosystem.
States are simply better equipped to manage the fishery -- and more aware of its importance
The California Chapter of Coastal Conservation Association (CCA California) has announced that Wayne Kotow will serve as executive director of the new CCA state chapter. Kotow brings an extensive background in business and fundraising experience to CCA California, which was launched earlier this year with widespread support and enthusiasm from the sportfishing community.
Anglers have last chance to comment on much-delayed Council decision