Legislation clarifies intent of Pacific billfish conservation measures
Conservationists and anglers are praising a bill filed yesterday by U.S. Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) that seeks to clear the way for full implementation of a landmark law to raise protections for billfish. The Billfish Conservation Act (BCA) was lauded when it was signed into law in 2012, but a slight ambiguity in the wording of the original legislation prevented it from being implemented as intended by the federal government.
Louisiana representative takes on corrupt federal fisheries privatization program
Already well-known for his leadership on legislation to move management of the troubled Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery to the states, Louisiana Congressman Garret Graves is now playing a leading role in an unflinching critique of the federal government’s efforts to privatize Gulf fisheries for a select few commercial harvesters in a five-part investigative series by Fox8/New Orleans.
United effort yields win in fight against exclusionary proposal
A resolution by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors opposing the creation of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary is being hailed by a host of California groups and residents of all backgrounds. The resolution affects a new national marine sanctuary being considered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries which, if designated, could impose restrictions on fishing activities in an area stretching from Cambria to Gaviota Creek in Santa Barbara.
The recreational fishing industry hopes for sea change from new administration
A last-minute decree from the Obama Administration to phase out the use of traditional fishing tackle in waters under the management of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has drawn the ire of the recreational angling community. Filed on the day before President Obama left office, Director’s Order No. 219 will require the use of nontoxic ammunition and fishing tackle to the fullest extent practicable for all activities on Service lands, waters and facilities by January 2022, except as needed for law enforcement or health and safety uses, as provided for in policy.
The Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere has appointed John Ballotti to a four-year term on the 20-member Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (MPA FAC) to represent the interests and perspectives of recreational anglers.
Coastal Conservation Association Comments on South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Snapper-Grouper Amendment 43
King mackerel “sharing” plan latest example of need for overhaul
The waters of the Gulf of Mexico managed by the federal government are becoming an even more unfriendly place for recreational anglers.