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Coastal Conservation Association Comments on Bluefish Allocation Amendment To the Bluefish Management Plan

Posted on July 20, 2018

To most anglers, bluefish are not a highly prized species like striped bass or even summer flounder. They are a cosmopolitan fish that have saved many a trip with their vicious strikes and strong fight. They are the third most important recreational species in pounds landed according to NOAA’s latest information (2016), yet many more are released than kept. While they may not be a target species, they are an important component of the Atlantic coast recreational fishery.

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Bill

Landmark Fisheries Reform Takes Major Step Toward Becoming Law
Posted on July 11, 2018

Washington, D.C. – July 11, 2018 – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 200, a bipartisan bill that includes the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017 (Modern Fish Act). This historic vote marks the first time the priorities of the recreational fishing sector are included in the reauthorization of our nation’s primary marine fisheries law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

Our Seat at the Table

Posted on June 22, 2018

Recognizing that saltwater recreational fishing is a major component of coastal tourism throughout the country, including attracting customers for the restaurant industry, anglers are naturally puzzled why some chefs oppose improving federal management of recreational fishing.

Partners in conservation launch ReleaSense initiative

Collaborative effort to make best catch-and-release practices, research available to anglers
Posted on June 20, 2018

Shimano, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies and Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) are proud to announce the launch of a cooperative effort called ReleaSense to promote and enhance the traditional role of anglers as leaders in saltwater fisheries conservation. ReleaSense is designed to empower anglers as stewards of the resource by bringing together industry, conservation organizations and fisheries scientists to develop the best, science-based catch-and-release practices.

CCA supports legislative effort to eliminate shark finning

Posted on June 07, 2018

Coastal Conservation Association has joined forces with leaders in the marine science world to support the Sustainable Shark Fisheries and Trade Act (HR 5248) as part of the ongoing effort to eliminate the vile practice of shark finning around the world. The legislation, introduced by Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida, would require any nation seeking to export shark, ray or skate products to the U.S. to receive certification from NOAA that it has management and conservation policies in place comparable to those in the U.S. Furthermore, the exporter must show that there is no overfishing of those species and that a prohibition on shark finning is enacted and enforced.

Anglers hold the key to better management

Posted on June 04, 2018

Frustration with federal management of some fish species has sometimes led to a reluctance among anglers to participate in efforts to collect data about what we catch. In intensely troubled fisheries, particularly Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper, a feeling develops that any information given to federal managers is more likely to be used against anglers than for better management. Among the many signs that a situation has hit an unworkable level of mistrust is a shutdown in the lines of communication.

ASMFC Warns Virginia on Menhaden

State management body prepares to defend forage base conservation measures
Posted on May 02, 2018

Coastal Conservation Association applauds the efforts of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to force the State of Virginia to comply with the provisions of Amendment 3 to the Atlantic Menhaden Fishery Management Plan. While an immediate  finding of Virginia to be out of compliance with the plan was delayed to the Commission’s August meeting, a motion to send a letter to Virginia’s Governor and General Assembly urging compliance in the strongest possible terms was adopted unanimously, with the federal services abstaining.

Recreational Fishing Organizations Oppose Longline Permit

Industrial harvesters try to pry into conservation zone, again
Posted on March 07, 2018

Modern Fish Act Takes Major Step Toward Becoming Law

Senate Commerce Committee Passes Landmark Legislation with Bipartisan Support
Posted on February 28, 2018

Urge your Members of Congress to update America’s primary fishing law

Posted on February 27, 2018