The Louisiana Artificial Reef Program was established in 1986 to take advantage of obsolete oil and gas platforms which were recognized as providing habitat important to many of Louisiana's coastal fishes. Federal law and international treaty require these platforms to be removed one year after production ceases. The removal of these platforms results in a loss of reef habitat.
Rigs-to-reefs is the heart of the Texas Artificial Reef Program. It primarily involves the recycling of obsolete petroleum platforms into permanent artificial reefs rather than allowing them to be taken ashore as scrap. Rigs make ideal artificial reefs because they are environmentally safe, are constructed of highly durable and stable material that withstands displacement or breakup and already support a thriving reef ecosystem.
Pender County commissioners on April 4 voted unanimously to pass a resolution opposing House Bill 353, which would grant gamefish status to several saltwater fish species.
Formal written comments on the Priority Objectives of the National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lake
The recreational fishing and boating community is anxious to engage in the National Ocean Policy development to insure our community is adequately represented in this significant policymaking process.
Gulf red snapper saga continues
The long history of upside-down federal management of Gulf red snapper continued this week with NOAA Fisheries announcing more good news about the health of the fishery contrasted against the shortest recreational season on record: just 48 days. Coastal Conservation Association has warned that such absurd measures are inevitable until the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council conducts a reallocation of the fishery based on modern criteria.
The fight over three species of popular fish is heating up along the coast and in the state capital, but it remains uncertain whether the General Assembly will take action on the “game fish” issue this year.
Consider the following facts: 1) Red drum, spotted seatrout (speckled trout) and striped bass (rockfish) are three of the most popular saltwater species for recreational anglers in North Carolina. 2) All three of those fish have experienced declines in recent decades due to over-fishing, with trout currently under the most stress. 3) North Carolina’s state government is experiencing a financial crisis with plans for cuts in vital services and personnel being announced almost daily.
BARNEGAT LIGHT - U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan wants commercial and recreational fishermen to be able to catch more fish, and in the process create more jobs.
To the Editor:
After years of overfishing, many fish populations have begun to recover. On Monday, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced that New England’s fishermen will be allowed to increase their catch of 11 commercially important fish stocks in Atlantic waters this summer.