BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's fisheries chief has called for the suspension of Libya's fishing rights for the Atlantic bluefin tuna, fearing the endangered fish could be further depleted amid the confusion of war.
Click below for letters from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on the impact gamefish status has made in those states.
The scheduled public hearing for the North Carolina House of Representatives bill that would designate red drum, speckled trout and striped bass as gamefish in North Carolina coastal waters was postponed.
Alaska Senator Mark Begich is quick to name the issue that’s giving him the biggest earful so far in his new post as Chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Fisheries, and Coast Guard: “marine spatial planning.”
The N.C. House is considering a bill that would give game fish status to spotted sea trout, red drum and striped bass in North Carolina, effectively making the fish off limits to commercial fishermen.
ASMFC takes first steps to rebuild menhaden forage base
ALEXANDRIA, VA – For the first time ever, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission took steps to rein in the industrial harvest of menhaden and begin the process of managing the menhaden fishery. If adopted, the measures proposed today by the Menhaden Management Board would lead to a reduction of menhaden harvest in both the reduction and bait fisheries.
Dare County Board of Commissioners voted on Monday to adopt a resolution opposing a bill now in the General Assembly that, if passed and signed into law, will give striped bass - aka rockfish, Red Drum and spotted seatrout gamefish status and thus will make it illegal for commercial fishermen to land and sell the three species.
Reallocation of this fishery should be pursued as a priority to achieving the greatest benefit to the country. In the meantime, with an eye toward continued increases in total allowable catch, CCA strongly encourages the Council to hold the commercial sector harvest at its current level and immediately direct any increases in overall harvest to the recreational sector. We believe that it is the responsibility of federal fisheries managers to conserve these resources for all the people of this nation and manage them in a manner that maximizes the benefits to the nation. We look forward to a future where the recovering red snapper stock is made much more accessible to the recreational fishing community in the Gulf of Mexico.
The administrator of federal fisheries has reportedly declared restoration efforts of overfished stocks — now in their fourth decade under Magnuson-Stevens Act mandates — have succeeded in making sustainable the nation's last great wild food resource.
State legislation to classify striped bass, red drum and speckled trout as game fish was denounced Monday by Dare County commissioners, who said it would be another blow to the commercial industry and take the popular fish off consumers’ dinner tables.