A proposal being considered by the General Assembly pits fishermen who fish for sport against those who fish for a living.
In a move predicted by CCA and other sportfishing conservation groups last May, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) has filed a petition with NOAA Fisheries seeking to list the species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA). The move was almost inevitable after Atlantic bluefin tuna did not receive a CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) listing that would have eliminated the species’ international trade.
A WORLD-leading attempt by Clean Seas Tuna in South Australia to commercially breed Southern Bluefin Tuna has overcome a major hurdle with its fingerlings successfully transferred to sea cages.
Anglers applaud decision to terminate catch share development in Amendment 21
Recreational anglers are applauding the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s decision today to “terminate all work relative to catch share development in Amendment 21,” the Comprehensive Catch Share Amendment. In a motion by Council member George Geiger of Florida, the Snapper Grouper Committee yesterday voted to remove catch shares from Amendment 21, setting up today’s action by the full Council.
Between 2011 and 2012, the General Secretariat of Marine Affairs, the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) and the tuna fishery sector will carry out a scientific study on the stock structure of bluefin tuna, electronic tagging, feeding, breeding and an evaluation of the indices of abundance.
The road to this point has not been simple. Coastal Conservation Association is among the many groups that have been opposed to catch shares, and we have invested a great deal of time and resources on many fronts to lessen the potential for negative impacts of such programs on the recreational angling community.
Click here for a video produced by CCA North Carolina to explain the chapter's efforts to seek game fish status for Speckled Trout, Red Drum, and Striped Bass.
Alexandria, VA – March 8, 2010 – A dearth of marine fisheries data is on a collision course with the primary federal law that oversees federal marine fisheries management. To address this impending train wreck, today the U.S. Senate’s Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard held an oversight hearing regarding the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NOAA Fisheries) management of the nation’s federal marine fisheries.
CCA comments to Senate focus on negative impacts to recreational fisheries
WASHINGTON, DC - In response to a growing chorus of frustration, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing today before the Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard Subcommittee on implementation of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Bill Bird, a long-time volunteer leader in the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), was invited to testify on how MSA implementation is impacting recreational fisheries.
A leader of New England's commercial fishing industry is expected to urge a congressional committee today to junk the Magnuson-Stevens Act's mandatory rebuilding timelines for overfished stocks.