Insurrection boils over as feds announce 9-day red snapper season
Colonists in the Northeast responded to what they considered unfair British tax policies with the Boston Tea Party protest. Similarly, states bordering the Gulf of Mexico last week signaled their displeasure with federal red snapper management; their “tea party” came in the form of a bill introduced in the U.S. House by representative Jo Bonner (R-Ala), as well as individual states announcing their refusal to comply with federal snapper laws.
Proceeds Benefit Coastal Conservation Association; Costa Continues No Shoes Radio Support
Daytona Beach, Fla. – Mar. 18, 2013 – Music superstar Kenny Chesney and Costa announced the introduction of five new Chesney-inspired limited edition sunglass styles in time for the start of his “No Shoes Nation” tour, which kicks off in Tampa, Fla. on Mar. 16 at Raymond James Stadium.
Fisheries economics report may be a useful tool…if NOAA Fisheries uses it
Recently, NOAA Fisheries released its economic report, Fisheries Economics of the United States 2011. Better late than never. The report provides economic statistics on U.S. commercial and recreational fisheries and marine-related businesses for each coastal state and the nation.
This is the sixth time NOAA has created the report which contains a great deal of interesting information. The question is will the agency ever do anything with it to justify even the expense of compiling it.
If there’s one thing that the federal government has told Gulf fishermen for more than a decade, it’s that our most popular fish is in danger of overfishing. The government has even gone so far as to impose extreme catch restrictions that border on the absurd. That’s what makes a recent video showing the destruction of Red Snapper at the direction of the federal government all the more bizarre and infuriating.
Senator Rubio Asks for Review of Stock Assessments to Protect Fisheries and Fishing Communities in Gulf
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and senators from Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and North Carolina today sent a letter to the U.S. Government Accountability Office requesting a review of how the Department of Commerce conducts stock assessments in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic. The stock assessments conducted by the National Marine Fisheries Service are critical in maintaining the vitality of the fisheries, the fishing communities, and related industries in Florida and the region.
The surreal end of the February meeting of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council felt a lot like the ending to The Usual Suspects.
Washington and Oregon move to ban gill nets from mainstem of Columbia River
In a tremendous victory for conservation, the Washington Fish & Wildlife Commission voted 9 to 0 in favor of passing a new policy that will eliminate the use of gill nets in the lower mainstem of the Columbia River.
Proposal would allow longliners into conservation zones under guise of “research”
Conservationists are sounding the alarm over a proposal to issue Exempted Fishing Permits (EFP) that would crack open the door for the commercial longline industry to fish in conservation zones created in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.