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Independence Island Reef construction set to begin

Partnership between CCA, LDWF, Shell and the Candies Family makes project a reality
Posted on May 24, 2011

Coastal Conservation Association is set to begin construction on an island reef near Grand Isle that is expected to boost recreational fishing in an area damaged by erosion. Despite recent heavy winds and high water, CCA has all the pieces in place to begin construction on the 4-acre, $500,000 Independence Island Reef.

Reeling in a win for recreational fishing

Posted on May 24, 2011

North Carolina has the opportunity to increase the economic effect of fisheries management to the entire state with a single bill. HB 353 would make striped bass, red drum and speckled trout game fish.

Federal insistence on catch shares for headboats outrages anglers

NOAA ignores overwhelming opposition, proceeds with controversial program
Posted on May 23, 2011

In spite of opposition from governors, Congress and the vast majority of recreational anglers, NOAA Fisheries has unveiled a proposal for the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to take red snapper from the private boat angling sector and give them away in a catch share program. This latest affront to anglers is outlined as an item on the Gulf Council’s June agenda calling for a closed-door session to appoint an advisory panel to make recommendations on a new headboat Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) program.

Rolling Out the Wrong Welcome Mat

Posted on May 22, 2011

A half-dozen years ago, I went fishing in Florida with a family friend who had moved to the Naples area. He reminded me the day before the trip to get a fishing license, warning that we could count on being stopped by Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission officers at least twice during our outing.

Deal signed to study bluefin and yellowfin tuna

Posted on May 20, 2011

Kinki University, the lnter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (lATTC), and the Autoridad de los Recursos Acuáticos de Panama (ARAP) have signed an agreement to conduct comparative research of the early life history and reproductive biology of Pacific bluefin tuna and yellowfin tuna.

Game-fish bill on track to move from North Carolina House to Senate

HB 353 would prohibit commercial fishing for redfish, speckled sea trout and striped bass.
Posted on May 20, 2011

The home stretch is in sight for the fate of House Bill 353, the piece of legislation that would declare red drum, spotted seatrout and striped bass as game fish in North Carolina. coastal waters. The bill must be approved by the House and moved to the Senate by June 9 to continue through the legislative process.

Tuna industry denies using dolphins as bait

Posted on May 19, 2011

Indonesia’s tuna exporters could face inconveniences as a result of two green groups’ recent footage claiming that the industry longline vessels use dolphin meat as bait, local authorities said.

Divide up the catch? A bill says no more

Posted on May 18, 2011

GLOUCESTER -- One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish," wrote Dr. Seuss.

Wouldn't he be amused with the wordplay of fish politics in North Carolina? "Red drum, striped bass, spotted trout, out!"

EU fishing head wants crackdown on Libya tuna trade

Posted on May 18, 2011

BRUSSELS May 18 (Reuters) - Europe's fisheries chief called on Wednesday for close monitoring of the trade in bluefin tuna caught in Libyan waters, fearing illegal catches could push the endangered fish closer to extinction amid the chaos of war.

Officials backing fishermen; Lawmakers fighting overfishing legislation

Posted on May 17, 2011

Local and state lawmakers are trying to spur their federal counterparts to action on fishing regulation changes.

Resolutions in support of the passage of the Flexibility in Rebuilding American Fisheries Act, which is in committee in the U.S. House and Senate, have made their way to local government agendas and have garnered the support of almost 20 South Carolina House members.