ASMFC evaluation of red drum stock raises questions
Legislation will help ensure potential fishing closures are based on science
Washington, D.C. – April 18, 2016 – A coalition of recreational fishing and boating
organizations praised the introduction of a bill, S.2807, that will safeguard the role of state
fisheries management agencies and help prevent unwarranted fishing closures like what
recently occurred at Biscayne National Park. Led by Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who chairs
the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, and Marco
Rubio (R-Fla.), the “Preserving Public Access to Public Waters Act” requires the National
Park Service to have approval from state fish and wildlife agencies before closing state
marine or Great Lakes waters to recreational or commercial fishing.
Unanimous resolution ensures that Louisiana will keep fighting the good fight against flawed federal management
Controversial sector separation ruling goes to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
House of Representatives approves measure to direct new license tag funding to Georgia coast
A measure carried by Rep. Alex Attwood (St. Simons) to strengthen the state wildlife license tag program was approved by the House last week and now needs only the companion bill carried by Sen. Ben Watson (Savannah) to pass the Senate to open the door for additional funding of coastal habitat projects. Coastal Conservation Association Georgia is the sponsor for HB 736 and has high hopes for the potential of the legislation.
No Contest: Recreational angling value outweighs commercial fishing in terms of economic impact
Menhaden harvesters blocked in attempt to keep red drum, but industry bycatch remains secret
Two bills that proposed to allow the industrial menhaden fishery to retain mature red drum killed as bycatch failed to make it out of committee at the Mississippi Legislature this week, much to the relief of conservationists who worked to ensure the bills’ demise.