More light is being shed on the negative impacts of separating the recreational angling sector into "private boat angler" and "charter/for-hire" segments during the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting this week in Alabama. Coastal Conservation Association has long opposed "sector separation" because it makes recreational anglers compete against each other at a time when there seem to be fewer and fewer opportunities for anglers to pursue fish offshore.
CCA comments on Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Quotas and Atlantic Tuna Fisheries Management Measures
CCA is adamantly opposed to NMFS’ current proposal to reduce quota from the Angling Category, as well as from other categories, in order to accommodate dead discards in the Longline Category. CCA believes that the Longline Category, which is solely responsible for such discards, should be held responsible for the consequences of its actions.
CCA Comments on Amendment 18 to the Coastal Migratory Pelagic Fishery Management Plano for the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic
The question of our Legislature’s passing a new law that would make three of North Carolina’s more popular saltwater fishes “game fish” is raising some hackles across the sportfishing community as well as with the commercial fishing interest. In some ways it’s like the battle going on in Congress between the Republicans and the Democrats. Both sides have their faults and good points.
After a decade of over-fishing that lasted until 2007, are we still not doing enough to avert the extinction of bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean?
While H.B. 353 makes a compelling case for greater economic benefits to North Carolina through game fish status, currently commercial fishermen pay no state sales tax on any item they use while fishing, and another bill currently in play seeks to have commercial fishing boats avoid paying property taxes altogether:
“The days-at-sea program is being sold as a benefit for conservation, data collection and management, but all of those things can be achieved by means other than catch shares and sector separation,” said Bird. “Additionally, the Council could help the entire recreational sector and not just the charter and headboat operators by reallocating the red snapper fishery properly in the first place...”
PENDER COUNTY,NC (WECT)- A proposed "game fish status" bill has many local commercial fishermen upset and recreational fishermen excited for better tourism opportunities.
HOUMA — One of this region’s least-noticed fisheries will be working under new regulations starting next month.
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