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.
A measure that would ban using gillnets on the Columbia River and Oregons other inland waters appears to be headed to the November ballot after supporters submitted another 45,000 signatures to the secretary of state Monday.
Atlantic menhaden management takes a familiar, disturbing turn
Last week the Atlantic States Marines Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Stock Assessment Committee and Technical Committee met to finalize the stock assessment update and advice they may give the Board for managing menhaden.
Stretch of bad weather impacts already short Gulf red snapper season
WASHINGTON, DC – A stubborn tropical system that impacted the eastern Gulf of Mexico for more than a week in late June put a significant dent in the shortest red snapper season on record and prompted Florida’s two U.S. Senators to write a letter to the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) requesting an extension to the season.
Sportsmen applaud passage of RESTORE Act
Sportsmen’s groups are hailing final passage this week of the new federal transportation bill that contains key elements of the RESTORE Act which will direct 80 percent of Clean Water Act fines levied against parties responsible for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster to Gulf Coast resources and economies.
CCA applauds Mississippi congressman’s efforts to halt destruction of marine habitat
WASHINGTON, DC – At a breakfast briefing hosted by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation this morning, Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.) presented the concerns of the recreational angling community over the Department of Interior’s controversial Idle Iron directive and closed by inviting fellow Congressmen to sign onto a letter requesting a moratorium on rig removals.