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Anglers applaud legislation to rein in executive power

Bills seek to curb unilateral power to designate marine monuments, no-go zones
Posted on July 21, 2014

There is currently no Congressional oversight and no opportunity for public comment or for review of the proposed monument designation through the Antiquities Act.

Comments on Alabama charter/for-hire exempted fishing permit application

Posted on July 17, 2014

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.

Comments on Bluefin Tuna EFP application

Posted on July 16, 2014

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.

A Brave New World

Posted on July 14, 2014

Sportsmen's groups back state snapper solution

Posted on July 10, 2014

Court Upholds Florida's Net Ban

Posted on July 08, 2014

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.

Federal Fisheries Agency Adjusts Misleading Economic Information

Corrected figures show commercial sector shrank by $2.3 billion in 2012
Posted on June 27, 2014

After significant objection from the recreational fishing and boating community, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has taken steps to correct a key fisheries economics report that misleadingly indicated that the domestic commercial fishing industry in the United States was significantly larger than the recreational fishing industry. When imported seafood, which is not regulated or managed by NMFS, is removed from the equation, the corrected data show that the recreational fishing industry is actually $7.9 billion dollars larger than the commercial fishing industry. Furthermore, the corrected data show that the domestic commercial fishing industry actually decreased by $2.3 billion in 2012.

Pickets Plan Comes Together

Private/public effort launches artificial reefing project to save famed Louisiana trout hotspot
Posted on June 20, 2014

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.

Curious developments at Gulf Council deserve investigation

Posted on June 19, 2014

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.

Reefer Madness

Turning oil rigs into reefs saves money and marine life, yet many greens oppose it.
Posted on June 14, 2014

WHEN an offshore well stops producing oil, what should be done with the rig? One option is to haul it ashore, break it up and recycle it. This is expensive. For a big, deep-water oil or gas platform, it can cost $200m. Just hiring a derrick barge massive enough to do the job can cost $700,000 a day. But there is an alternative: simply leave most of the structure where it is. That is what you would expect a greedy oil firm to do: despoil the ocean just to save a lousy few million dollars. The surprise is, the cheap option may actually be greener.

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