Frustration with federal management of some fish species has sometimes led to a reluctance among anglers to participate in efforts to collect data about what we catch. In intensely troubled fisheries, particularly Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper, a feeling develops that any information given to federal managers is more likely to be used against anglers than for better management. Among the many signs that a situation has hit an unworkable level of mistrust is a shutdown in the lines of communication.
State management body prepares to defend forage base conservation measures
Coastal Conservation Association applauds the efforts of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to force the State of Virginia to comply with the provisions of Amendment 3 to the Atlantic Menhaden Fishery Management Plan. While an immediate finding of Virginia to be out of compliance with the plan was delayed to the Commission’s August meeting, a motion to send a letter to Virginia’s Governor and General Assembly urging compliance in the strongest possible terms was adopted unanimously, with the federal services abstaining.
Industrial harvesters try to pry into conservation zone, again
Senate Commerce Committee Passes Landmark Legislation with Bipartisan Support
Controversial exempted fishing permit benefiting a single company back from the dead
Conservationists won a victory late last year when an exempted fishing permit to allow longline gear into a closed conservation zone was declared invalid after Nova Southeastern University insisted that its name be removed from the permit. The East Florida Coast Pelagic Longline Closed Area has been closed since 2001 after it was determined that longlines were killing too many juvenile billfish in this known nursery area. However, industrial harvsesters are again targeting the conservation zone with indiscriminate longline gear.
In partnership with Harte Research Institute, program seeks to assist future leaders in conservation-based marine science
As any good angler knows, Atlantic menhaden are anything but a pisciverous predator. Rather they are the foundation of the regional food web, and an abundant source of protein for many important gamefish like striped bass, bluefish, king mackerel and even some tuna species.
Amendment 31 to the Coastal Migratory Pelagics Fishery Management Plan
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on cobia management in Draft amendment 31, we sincerely appreciate the opportunity. The Coastal Conservation Association is the largest marine resource conservation group of its kind in the nation and at this time we are in favor of Preferred Alternative 2: Remove Atlantic cobia from the Coastal Migratory Pelagics Fishery Management Plan.