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United threat faces recreational angling

Environmental group, charter/for-hire, commercial harvesters join forces to oppose CCA lawsuit
Posted on September 22, 2015

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.

Final Management Plan Released for Everglades National Park

Plan makes strides to improve habitat conservation while maintaining reasonable boating and fishing access
Posted on September 01, 2015

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.

Angling Matters

Posted on August 29, 2015

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.

Angler’s Guide to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Snapper Grouper Visioning Process

Posted on August 28, 2015

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.


CCA Comments on Amendment to Fishery Management Plans for Snapper-Grouper, Golden Crab, and Dolphin and Wahoo

Posted on August 26, 2015

This move would also continue the “lose-lose” scenario facing the angling public, in which accountability measures are imposed if the recreational quota is exceeded, and yet the allowable recreational catch is reallocated if the recreational quota is not achieved.


Amendment 28 Fact Sheet

Red Snapper Reallocation
Posted on August 13, 2015

Legislation Introduced to Preserve Fishing Access in Biscayne National Park

Recreational fishing and boating community praises Congressional leaders for addressing flawed marine reserve decision
Posted on July 30, 2015

On the heels of the recent announcement to close over 10,000 acres of Biscayne National Park to fishing, a coalition of recreational fishing and boating organizations praised the introduction of a bipartisan bill, H.R. 3310, that will help stop this and similar unwarranted fishing closures from occurring. Led by Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), and 28 other original sponsors, the “Preserving Public Access to Public Waters Act” requires the National Park Service and Office of National Marine Sanctuaries to have approval from state fish and wildlife agencies before closing state waters to recreational or commercial fishing.

Innovative offshore reefing project set to go in off Jupiter

Building Conservation Trust joins effort to create new angling, diving destination
Posted on July 28, 2015

Marine fisheries and recreational angling off the coast of Jupiter, Florida, are set to get a boost this summer with the placement of 40 artificial reef cells in 88 feet of water. The CCA Building Conservation Trust has contributed $25,000 to the Andrew “Red” Harris Foundation for the project, which will utilize innovative reefing materials to create a thriving new ecosystem.

Graves-Miller Bill Will Better Conserve Gulf Red Snapper, Improve Access

States are simply better equipped to manage the fishery -- and more aware of its importance
Posted on July 16, 2015

CCA California announces new executive director

Posted on July 13, 2015

The California Chapter of Coastal Conservation Association (CCA California) has announced that Wayne Kotow will serve as executive director of the new CCA state chapter. Kotow brings an extensive background in business and fundraising experience to CCA California, which was launched earlier this year with widespread support and enthusiasm from the sportfishing community.