ASMFC takes first step to finally bring menhaden under management
BALTIMORE, MD – For the first time ever, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) will reduce the harvest of menhaden and finally begin the process of managing this critical forage base. The measure approved today by the Menhaden Management Board will reduce menhaden harvest in both the reduction and bait fisheries by 20 percent beginning in 2013.
We are concerned that many on the Fishery Management Councils and some NOAA Fisheries Service staff opposed this effort and did not want the issue of allocation systematically reviewed.
CCA and Harte Research Institute Partner to Create Sportfishing Science Center
Houston, Texas – Coastal Conservation Association Texas recently pledged $500,000 toward the creation of a Sportfishing Research Center within the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
New law clears the way for greater worldwide billfish conservation measures
A remarkable effort to raise protections for billfish was rewarded last week when the Billfish Conservation Act was signed into law after an extended campaign by a coalition of marine conservation groups. The Act bans the importation of all billfish caught by foreign fleets into the continental United States and, perhaps most importantly, sets an example for other countries to pursue similar conservation efforts once thought impossible.
National Park Service and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Take Steps to Resolve Access to Biscayne National Park
Recreational boating and fishing community guardedly optimistic but firm on need for General Management Plan changes
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 27, 2012 – Today, a coalition of national boating and fishing organizations, concerned with the long term health of and public access to Florida’s Biscayne National Park, sent a letter expressing appreciation for recent positive steps in the development of a General Management Plan for the Park, but reiterated concerns about the potential to unnecessarily close large areas of the Park to the public.
Valero sponsorship promotes CCA youth angler outreach and education program
Coastal Conservation Association and Valero Energy Foundation have announced plans to continue their successful relationship to promote conservation ethics and education among young anglers through the award-winning CCA Rising Tide youth outreach and education program. The Rising Tide program was launched initially in 2007 with Valero’s support and the company this week announced that it will continue its sponsorship of the program through 2015.
Sportsmen’s Caucus urges Council to step back from unpopular catch shares, sector separation
In another sign of discontent over federal management of the nation’s marine fisheries, co-chairmen of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) have sent a letter to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council expressing the concerns of its membership over the concepts of catch share programs and sector separation. The bipartisan CSC is one of the largest and most effective caucuses in the US Congress with more than 300 members representing almost all 50 states.
Efforts to save marine habitat gain support from across the country
A letter from the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar calling for a moratorium on rig removals due to the federal government’s Idle Iron policy will carry the signatures of 20 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, an impressive bi-partisan display of concern for marine habitat in the Gulf of Mexico.
More than three thousand offshore oil and gas platforms currently stand in the Gulf of Mexico. Federal regulations have long required companies to remove everything from the sea once a well ceases production, and over the past several decades, hundreds of structures have been toppled into deep water or towed to shore to become scrap metal.