Ruling ensures Columbia River gillnet reform rules will continue to be implemented while the gillnetters’ challenge to the rules is considered by the Court.
Whatever the outcome of a red sanpper reallocation process, it will surely reflect reality more accurately than an allocation that was set using past catch history from a time when The A Team was one of the top-rated programs on network television.
Reefing project set for St. Johns River in heart of downtown
For the Steamboat Today
Early in October, news came that more than 130 chefs, restaurant owners, fishermen and seafood industry leaders had partnered with the Environmental Defense Fund to launch a new propaganda campaign called "Share the Gulf.” The goal of this benignly labeled effort is to maintain 51 percent of the red snapper harvest for commercial fishermen and 49 percent to recreational fishermen – an allocation that was set using harvest data from the mid-1980s.
Shad and river herring populations are at critically low levels of abundance. Historically these species supported large scale fisheries and, more importantly, were key forage components in the Atlantic ecosystem. They were important prey species for a host of recreationally important species, such as bluefish, striped bass, king mackerel; and tunas. Their populations are a mere shadow of what they once were.
Our main objective with respect to bluefin tuna is to implement a recovery of the western stock to levels that will increase abundance and provide a sustainable fishery. We acknowledge the intricacies of international management under ICCAT, but are not persuaded by the argument that it is important to the U.S. to kill every bluefin that might be available under our share of the ICCAT assigned quota. Our impression is that this amendment is primarily more about re-distributing harvest than affording increased conservation to the species.