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South Atlantic Council Votes Down Catch Shares

Anglers applaud decision to terminate catch share development in Amendment 21
Posted on March 11, 2011

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. 

Anglers Share Some Good News on Catch Shares

Posted on March 11, 2011

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.

VIDEO: CCA North Carolina Goes for Gamefish Status for Speckled Trout, Striped Bass and Red Drum

Posted on March 10, 2011

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.

US Senate Expresses Concern with Federal Marine Fisheries Management

Posted on March 09, 2011

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.

Giacalone takes catch share fight to Congress

Posted on March 08, 2011

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.

CCA Testifies on Magnuson-Stevens Implementation Problems

CCA comments to Senate focus on negative impacts to recreational fisheries
Posted on March 08, 2011

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.

CCA calls on South Atlantic Council to manage for the future

Reallocation glaringly absent from documents on managing fisheries
Posted on March 04, 2011

As part of its ongoing effort to encourage the federal fisheries management system to overhaul the way it views the nation’s marine resources, Coastal Conservation Association is urging the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to break with the failed policies of the past and chart new management plans for a series of important recreational fisheries.

CCA habitat program targets Texas mid-coast

Latest reefing effort brings partners together to create near-shore reef fish habitat
Posted on March 03, 2011

Coastal Conservation Association has announced plans for a $100,000 reef project off the Texas mid-coast, funded by CCA Texas, CCA National’s Building Conservation Habitat Program, Shell, Shimano and Frabill, in partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Artificial Reef Program. This latest step in CCA’s reefing program will bring valuable reef fish habitat and angling opportunities in the heart of the Texas coast at a time when it is needed most.

Local Fishing Industry Reps Feel Their Trip To D.C. Was Successful

Local seafood industry representatives are back from a lobbying trip to Washington D.C. They’re biggest concerns have been the “catch-share” program and the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, which establishes catch limits for fish.
Posted on March 03, 2011

Bay County - Charter Boat Captain Bob Zales II was back on the water Thursday, after spending the previous three days in Washington D.C.

Another Foolish Move By Congress

Posted on March 01, 2011

A new Government Accountability Office details billions in potential cuts Congress can make to the budget just by streamlining the federal government.