Managers set a course for a critical forage species
U.S. District Court hears CCA arguments against Amendment 40
Federal agency orders red grouper fishery closed today
In a scene that has become distressingly familiar to Florida anglers, the federal government has announced another closure of a popular recreational species - this time red grouper. In announcing the closure, NOAA Fisheries stated that "abundant red grouper are being found closer to shore in shallower water this year, making them more accessible to the recreational sector."
Environmental group, charter/for-hire, commercial harvesters join forces to oppose CCA lawsuit
Coastal Conservation Association’s stand against Amendment 40 has now drawn formal opposition from all the groups actively promoting privatization of public marine resources in the Gulf of Mexico. The Charter Fishermen’s Association formally intervened on behalf of the federal government’s highly controversial plan for Gulf red snapper in May and in recent weeks both the Environmental Defense Fund and the Shareholder Rights Alliance have filed Amicus Briefs in support of the federal government.
Plan makes strides to improve habitat conservation while maintaining reasonable boating and fishing access
The National Park Service recently released the final General Management Plan (GMP) for Everglades National Park, which includes several changes that will affect recreational boating and fishing access and habitat conservation in the park. The recreational fishing and boating community expressed its collective appreciation to Everglades National Park officials for meaningfully addressing concerns that were raised during the GMP development process.
Taking a break from the excitement and activity of the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades show (better known as ICAST) in Orlando this summer, I had a chance to catch up with an old friend from Louisiana who covers fish and fishery issues for a local newspaper. As an aside, ICAST is the world’s largest sportfishing trade show, and draws people from all over the nation and the globe to check out the latest awesome innovations in fishing gear, technology and apparel. Every angler should make a pilgrimage to ICAST once in their lives just to baste in everything that makes angling so much fun.
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council should be commended for creating such a robust Draft Visioning Document for the snapper-grouper fishery. Nearly everything the Coastal Conservation Association would like to see included in the suite of management options for the South Atlantic snapper-grouper fishery is included; however, and unfortunately, nearly everything we would not like to see is also included. Given the length and detail of the document, we will provide thematic comment on the seven issues we believe are most critical for the proper management of the fishery, and for ensuring commensurate access to it for recreational anglers.