Today, Florida’s First District Court of Appeal issued an opinion upholding the net ban amendment…again.
CCA Florida once again led the charge to support the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
(FWC) regulations implementing the Constitutional Amendment that was passed by 72% of the voters in 1994.
Corrected figures show commercial sector shrank by $2.3 billion in 2012
Private/public effort launches artificial reefing project to save famed Louisiana trout hotspot
A $1.2 million plan to preserve habitat in the area known as the Pickets, often referred to as hallowed ground in Louisiana trout fishing circles, was unveiled this week by officials of Apache Corporation, Fieldwood Energy LLC, Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), and the State of Louisiana, in coordination with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). As soon as the energy structures and pilings are removed per federal requirements from Ship Shoal 26 sometime in July, this cooperative effort at the local level is set to deploy 15,000 tons of concrete rip-rap in three artificial reefs to maintain the summer-time hotspot for speckled trout and the anglers who pursue them out of Cocodrie and Dularge.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meets next week in Key West and expectations could hardly be lower for the recreational sector. For a management arena that is as big a mess as this one, that is really saying something. But one need look no further than a little-noticed event that occurred at the April 2014 Council meeting for evidence that this is a system in need of some serious housecleaning.
Turning oil rigs into reefs saves money and marine life, yet many greens oppose it.
WHEN an offshore well stops producing oil, what should be done with the rig? One option is to haul it ashore, break it up and recycle it. This is expensive. For a big, deep-water oil or gas platform, it can cost $200m. Just hiring a derrick barge massive enough to do the job can cost $700,000 a day. But there is an alternative: simply leave most of the structure where it is. That is what you would expect a greedy oil firm to do: despoil the ocean just to save a lousy few million dollars. The surprise is, the cheap option may actually be greener.
Recreational Fishing and Boating Community Underwhelmed By House Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization Bill