Sportsmen's Caucus urges 'fair and euitable balance' in red snapper fishery
WASHINGTON, DC (10-20-14) – The Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) has joined a groundswell of opposition to a controversial mangemement proposal for Gulf red snapper scheduled for a final vote of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council this week in Mobile, Alabama. In a letter to the Gulf Council, the CSC, the largest bipartisan caucus in Congress with nearly 300 members in 49 states, calls for Amendment 40 – Sector Separation to be tabled.
More than 1,000 comments opposing Amendment 40 flood Gulf Council
Recreational anglers across the Gulf Coast are letting it be known that they are not happy with the direction of red snapper management in the Gulf of Mexico, as a monumental vote on the future of the fishery looms next week at a federal fishery management meeting in Mobile, Alabama. In this latest round of comments, more than 1,000 anglers have sent messages to members of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council in just the last three days asking them to focus on ensuring fair management of Gulf red snapper for everyone and not just select individuals.
Private/public partnership launches artificial reefing project to save famed Louisiana trout hotspot
Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana, Apache Corporation, Fieldwood Energy and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will begin construction this week on an artificial reef system at the site of the recently removed structures in Ship Shoal 26, known by many Louisiana anglers as “the Pickets.”
Florida, Louisiana, Texas urge Gulf Council to back away from Sector Separation
The state wildlife management commissions of Florida, Louisiana and Texas have delivered a clear message to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to slow down the rush to divide the recreational sector and further exclude private boat recreational anglers from the red snapper fishery. In a series of letters to the Gulf Council, each state voiced concern that Amendment 40 – Sector Separation is overly divisive and will do little to solve the fundamental management problems in the fishery.
CCA’s Building Conservation Trust sponsors event benefitting Billion Oyster Project
Private/public effort completes enhancement on Cane, Fish River reefs
The Alabama Marine Resources Division (MRD) completed an artificial reef enhancement project on P. Grey Cane, Jr. and Fish River Reefs in Mobile Bay this summer, the result of an ongoing partnership between CCA Alabama and the state to enhance habitat within Alabama’s inshore waters and increase recreational fishing opportunities. CCA Alabama contributed $80,000 towards the project, which was matched by MRD’s Sport Fish Restoration funds provided by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Iconic Pass Now Open After Years of Planning and Fundraising Efforts
Cedar Bayou is a natural pass that separates San Jose Island from Matagorda Island. Dredging efforts date back to the 1930s, but partial efforts, siltation, and misplacement of spoil materials eventually led to the pass and adjacent Vinson Slough being sealed. The restoration of Cedar Bayou and Vinson Slough has created the vital connection from Mesquite and Aransas Bays to the Gulf of Mexico.
Sen. Rubio continues efforts to address needs of recreational anglers in federal fisheries law