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Destroying offshore platforms hurts fish habitat

Posted on February 15, 2012

CORPUS CHRISTI — While federal fisheries managers are expected to impose the shortest red snapper season on record this summer another federal agency has estimated it will kill tens of thousands of the coveted pink fish with explosives used to remove about 120 offshore platforms this year alone in the Gulf of Mexico.

CCA applauds Council action to protect Gulf habitat

Anglers have high hopes for debate over value of artificial structure
Posted on February 09, 2012

A motion made at the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting last week in Mobile, Alabama, could be the first step to protecting what has been regarded as the largest man-made reef in the world – the vast forest of energy-related structures in the offshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Bob Shipp’s request to have Council staff clarify the definition of what qualifies as artificial structure could pave the way for rigs and other vital reefs to be classified as Essential Fish Habitat.


Posted on February 08, 2012

Healthy inshore fisheries will boost coastal and inland businesses, tackle shop owners say

Recreational anglers’ spending benefits are widespread throughout state economy.
Posted on February 06, 2012

While few people doubt the positive influence of healthy inshore saltwater fisheries on coastal businesses, not many stop to realize they also would benefit many inland businesses.

If this is success, what does failure look like?

Posted on February 03, 2012

As hard as it might be to believe, management of the Gulf red snapper fishery reached a new level of frustration this week. At its meeting in Mobile, the Gulf Council announced that the overall quota of red snapper harvest will be increased, but the 2012 season will likely be the shortest ever, perhaps no more than 40 days. Why?

Visiting fishermen say gamefish protection would benefit coastal tourism and economies

Out-of-state tournament fishermen promise they won’t return until net conflicts are resolved; IFA tournament trail eliminates annual visit.
Posted on January 26, 2012

Even in the current depressed economy, fishermen plan their vacations around catching fish. It’s the opinion of many fishermen that North Carolina is losing out on plenty of tourist dollars that could wind up in the state’s economy if the legislature designates red drum, speckled trout and striped bass as gamefish.

VIDEO: Interview with Dr. Louis Daniels of NCDMF

Posted on January 25, 2012

Comments on North Carolina's coastal fisheries and the proposed Game Fish Bill.

VIDEO: Captain Charles Brown Interview

Posted on January 25, 2012

Comments on North Carolina's coastal fisheries and the proposed Game Fish Bill.

VIDEO: Benefits of game fish status in three southern states.

Posted on January 25, 2012


Guest Opinion: Ocean policy reaches far beyond the sea

Posted on January 20, 2012

If there's one accomplishment President Obama can take credit for during his first term in office, it's expanding the size and reach of the federal government. While this may be good for government bureaucrats, the policies and regulations imposed by the Obama Administration are hurting American businesses and impeding economic recovery.