Beware the Rec Angling Advisory Panel
CCA Florida, BCT, and CCA Music City join effort to enhance habitat around Fantasy Island
Broad representation of recreational fishing community interests strategize on key management issues
Gulf of Mexico red snapper anglers out of options under federal management
Alabama senator proposes significant fixes for Gulf red snapper mess
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) made clear in June that he intended to level the playing field for recreational anglers in the Gulf of Mexico by inserting several provisions dealing specifically with red snapper into the Fiscal Year 2016 appropriations bill. With introduction of the Congressional Omnibus Appropriations bill today, Sen. Shelby strengthened his commitment to fight for anglers with specific language on state boundaries as well as red snapper allocation and stock assessments.
Henry Ford once said, “Don’t find fault; find a remedy.”
While it is easy to blame the rapid decline in recreational fishing opportunities for red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico on federal mismanagement, Nick Wiley, director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, and the other four Gulf states marine fisheries directors have agreed on a simple, proven remedy for the red snapper management debacle in the Gulf of Mexico – let the states manage it.
Shell, LDWF collaborate on Phase II of important fisheries habitat near Grand Isle
Construction began earlier this week on the four-acre expansion of Independence Island Artificial Reef, which is comprised of roughly 7,000 tons of large limestone. The original Independence Island Reef, built in the summer of 2011, has become a favorite fishing destination for thousands of anglers.
There are plenty of good arguments why Washington ought to let the Gulf of Mexico states assume management of the red snapper fishery beyond their own state waters. Yet five of the most persuasive reasons seem to have been missed in all the testimony and written comment about the proposal.
When one thinks of recreational fishing, images such as the opening of “The Andy Griffith Show” often come to mind – a father and son heading to their favorite fishing hole to spend quality time together in the outdoors. And there are many, many more images that include men and women and boys and girls of all ages. Indeed, such images capture the primary motivations that draw people to fishing: spending time with family and friends, to relax and enjoy the thrill of catching fish.
BCT convenes experts from around nation to develop oyster restoration playbook