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.
House Natural Resources Committee Approves Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Bill
Agency’s fisheries economics report more accurately reflects reality, to the dismay of some.
Management body caves with vote to maintain failed management of menhaden
Presented with the historic opportunity to put in place much-needed protections for menhaden that recognize their ecological role, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Menhaden Management Board blinked, and instead opted for status quo management. In the months leading up to the vote, public sentiment was overwhelmingly in favor of better menhaden management, with more than 150,000 public comments in favor of Option E that would have taken into account menhaden’s unique ecological role as a forage fish.