Allocation of fishery resources is one of the prime responsibilities of the federal regional fishery management councils, and yet there exists no standardized procedure or even a timetable for reviewing allocations as changing circumstances dictate.
I recently read an editorial that suggested recreational anglers should look to the North American Wildlife Conservation Model (North American Model) for answers to the red snapper management debacle in the Gulf of Mexico. While I'm grateful to see this highly successful and epochal model referenced in this unfortunately contentious debate over one of the South's most iconic saltwater fish species, it became clear that the author, and probably most Americans, are not familiar with the "model" he referenced. Ironically, suggesting recreational anglers look to this model is perhaps the best argument yet for state-based management of our nation's red snapper fishery, as well as all of our important marine recreational fisheries. States, in cooperation and with the support of recreational anglers and the sport fishing industry, have used this model to successfully manage our nation's inland fish and wildlife resources for the benefit of all American's for the last century.
Catch shares for charter/for-hire industry on the way
New online advocacy system provides opportunities for recreational anglers nationwide to contact their legislators
Sen. Shelby seeks much-needed relief for recreational anglers
In an unprecedented display of engagement, Congress is making its displeasure known over the current course of federal management of Gulf red snapper by directly addressing it in a number of recent pieces of legislation in both the U.S. House and Senate. Last week, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS), announced full committee passage of the Fiscal Year 2016 CJS appropriations bill which contains provisions dealing specifically with red snapper, including allocation, state boundaries and stock assessments.
Recreational Boating and Fishing Community Strongly Objects to Fishing Closure
A real victory for recreational fishing -- and the jobs recreational fishing creates.
Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization contains major provisions benefitting recreational fishing
A coalition of organizations representing the saltwater recreational fishing and boating community congratulated the U.S. House of Representatives on its passage of H.R. 1335, a bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the primary statute governing the nation’s marine fisheries.
Cooperative habitat effort saves an iconic Louisiana fishing spot.
Capt. Ricky Brondum had the look of a man heading to a funeral rather than one who was guiding a fishing trip on a surprisingly mild mid-August day in 2014.
During the week of June 1, a bill to reauthorize the nation’s primary marine fisheries law, the Magnuson-Stevens Act, is expected to go to the House floor. This bill, H.R. 1335 by Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) includes several provisions of high importance to the recreational fishing community and could be further bolstered by the inclusion of three key amendments.