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Feds Set Sights on Red Drum

Exempted Fishing Permit targeting breeder red drum sets stage for fish grab
Posted on April 14, 2015

The federal government's management of Gulf fisheries has created some of the most chaotic, dysfunctional and unsatisfactory fisheries in the country, and now it seems that the agency is set on bringing that same experience to our red drum fishery in the Gulf of Mexico.

Red snapper are mismanaged by feds

Posted on April 10, 2015

It is difficult to understand why anyone would willingly wade into one of the most difficult fishery management issues in the entire country, much less volunteer for the monumental responsibility of rebooting the whole deal. However, the fisheries directors of all five Gulf states recently offered a plan to assume management of Gulf of Mexico red snapper from the federal government with the belief that they can set it on a more sensible course.

Gulf states on target with snapper management plan

Posted on April 02, 2015

National Marine Manufacturers support of state-based red snapper management

Posted on April 01, 2015

American Sportfishing Association board letter in support of state fisheries directors

Posted on April 01, 2015

Coalition Letter to State Governors on Red Snapper

Posted on March 20, 2015

The undersigned organizations and companies are representatives of the vast saltwater
recreational angling community that generates more than $70 billion in economic activity
across the nation. Our hundreds of thousands of members and customers have been the
driving force behind significant conservation victories and marine habitat programs in your
state, and in every coastal state, for decades. In countless ways, these anglers have steadfastly
supported the advancement of marine science and enhanced the capabilities of wildlife law
enforcement agencies. Their sportsmen’s ethic of stewardship and financial support through
license dollars and excise taxes are the very foundation that makes the U.S. model of wildlife
management unique and envied throughout the world.

Northwest scores huge win in effort to remove gillnets from Columbia River

Oregon Court of Appeals affirms Columbia River gillnet rules adopted by ODFW
Posted on March 19, 2015

Gulf States Unveil Solution to Red Snapper Management

Sportfishing and boating community welcomes state-based management approach
Posted on March 13, 2015

Supreme Court Upholds Florida's Net Ban

Gillnetters seeking to overturn constitutional amendment denied. Again.
Posted on February 18, 2015

The Supreme Court of Florida has denied a petition by the Wakulla Fishermen’s Association and upheld the state’s net ban amendment that was approved by 72 percent of voters in 1994. The ruling puts an end to the latest challenge brought by gillnetters who won a sympathetic circuit court ruling in 2013 that allowed them to briefly reintroduce destructive gill nets into Florida waters. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, with the support of CCA Florida, challenged that initial court ruling immediately and has worked tirelessly ever since to defend the net ban to the state’s highest court.

Anglers Encouraged by New Recreational Fishing Policy

NOAA Fisheries publishes roadmap for recreational sector
Posted on February 12, 2015

Saltwater anglers welcomed the announcement today of the National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy rolled out at the Progressive Miami International Boat Show.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) announced the policy today during a press conference headlined by its top administrator Eileen Sobeck.

“This is a major step in the right direction,” said Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Coastal Conservation.  “For the first time, NOAA Fisheries officially acknowledges the inherent differences between recreational and commercial fisheries -- and the need to manage the sectors differently.  

“The rubber will meet the road in implementation,” he said, “but this is a good roadmap.”

The policy identifies goals and guiding principles related to recreational fishing to be integrated -- top-down -- into NOAA Fisheries planning, budgeting, decision-making, and activities. The goals of the policy are to: 1) support and maintain sustainable saltwater recreational fisheries resources, including healthy marine and estuarine habitats; 2) promote saltwater recreational fishing for the social, cultural, and economic benefit of the nation; and, 3) enable enduring participation in, and enjoyment of, saltwater recreational fisheries through science-based conservation and management.

Recreational anglers and boaters identified their primary priorities in the Commission on Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Management’s report “A Vision for Managing America’s Saltwater Recreational Fisheries.”  The Commission, headed by Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris and Maverick Boats President Scott Deal, highlighted six key policies that would achieve the Commission’s vision.  Establishment of a national policy for recreational saltwater fishing was its #1 recommendation.  Other key elements include: adoption of a revised approach to saltwater recreational fisheries management; allocating marine fisheries for the greatest benefit to the nation, and creating reasonable latitude in stock rebuilding timelines.

Contributors to the work of the Morris-Deal Commission include American Sportfishing Association, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Berkley Conservation Institute, Center for Coastal Conservation, Coastal Conservation Association, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, International Game Fish Association, National Marine Manufacturers Association, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and The Billfish Foundation.