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Kenny Chesney Visits First Coastal Conservation Reefs In St. John River

Funds for the Two Reefs Were Raised Via Partnership with Chesney and Costa Sunglasses
Posted on June 30, 2015

Kenny Chesney got to do something very special before his sold-out Florida Country Superfest show June 14: the East Tennessee songwriter/superstar visited the first two No Shoes Reefs in Jacksonville’s St. John River. Named the Coastal Conservation Association and George Holt Reefs, the man-made reefs – designed to promote quality of aquatic life – were built through the support of Chesney’s ongoing partnership with Costa Del Mar Sunglasses and The Coastal Conservation Association/Building Conservation Trust.

Do your representatives know you? They should

Posted on June 29, 2015

If you have ever read the diaries of soldiers in the Civil War or their letters to loved ones back home, you would swear they were speaking a different language. The descriptiveness and depth of feeling in the written word of that era are nothing short of astounding compared to today’s world of unintelligible texts, bizarre abbreviations and emoticons.

How to start to think about maybe triggering an allocation process, someday…

Posted on June 26, 2015

Allocation of fishery resources is one of the prime responsibilities of the federal regional fishery management councils, and yet there exists no standardized procedure or even a timetable for reviewing allocations as changing circumstances dictate.

Answer to Red Snapper Issue Already Exists

Posted on June 23, 2015

I recently read an editorial that suggested recreational anglers should look to the North American Wildlife Conservation Model (North American Model) for answers to the red snapper management debacle in the Gulf of Mexico. While I'm grateful to see this highly successful and epochal model referenced in this unfortunately contentious debate over one of the South's most iconic saltwater fish species, it became clear that the author, and probably most Americans, are not familiar with the "model" he referenced. Ironically, suggesting recreational anglers look to this model is perhaps the best argument yet for state-based management of our nation's red snapper fishery, as well as all of our important marine recreational fisheries. States, in cooperation and with the support of recreational anglers and the sport fishing industry, have used this model to successfully manage our nation's inland fish and wildlife resources for the benefit of all American's for the last century.

The truth comes out

Catch shares for charter/for-hire industry on the way
Posted on June 18, 2015

CCA welcomes bass anglers for saltwater conservation

New online advocacy system provides opportunities for recreational anglers nationwide to contact their legislators
Posted on June 17, 2015

Federal mismanagement of red snapper draws attention of Congress

Sen. Shelby seeks much-needed relief for recreational anglers
Posted on June 15, 2015

In an unprecedented display of engagement, Congress is making its displeasure known over the current course of federal management of Gulf red snapper by directly addressing it in a number of recent pieces of legislation in both the U.S. House and Senate. Last week, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS), announced full committee passage of the Fiscal Year 2016 CJS appropriations bill which contains provisions dealing specifically with red snapper, including allocation, state boundaries and stock assessments.

Public Locked Out of Biscayne National Park

Recreational Boating and Fishing Community Strongly Objects to Fishing Closure
Posted on June 05, 2015

Center for Coastal Conservation Praises Scott, Graves

A real victory for recreational fishing -- and the jobs recreational fishing creates.
Posted on June 04, 2015

Recreational Saltwater Fishing Coalition Lauds House Legislation

Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization contains major provisions benefitting recreational fishing
Posted on June 02, 2015

A coalition of organizations representing the saltwater recreational fishing and boating community congratulated the U.S. House of Representatives on its passage of H.R. 1335, a bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the primary statute governing the nation’s marine fisheries.