STATEMENT OF COASTAL CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION AT THE FEBRUARY 2011 MEETING OF THE GULF OF MEXICO FISHERY MANAGEMENT COUNCIL:
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is meeting in Mississippi this week and the issue of sector separation is again in the spotlight as the Sustainable Fisheries/Ecosystems Committee voted to remove it from the Annual Catch Limit/Accountability Measure Amendment and re-frame it either as a stand-alone issue or attached to another amendment.
Third massive bass kill photographed off Oregon Inlet
In a mistake that was entirely predictable, the state’s Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC) has allowed the use of large trawl nets among large schools of striped bass. And, for the third time in less than three weeks, a massive striped bass kill has occurred. The latest example of "regulatory dead discards" was photographed from a helicopter off Oregon Inlet this week and was again evidenced by a long trail of dead striped bass in the vicinity of commercial trawlers.
They say that fishing is the world’s second oldest occupation, so it is likely there have been more ironic events in its long, storied history, but the recent letter from Massachusetts’s Governor Deval Patrick to President Obama must rank near the top of the list.
Maryland's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) just announced that the current commercial gill net season has been closed until the Department determines the extent of illegal nets and their impact on the remaining quota. The announcement follows the discovery of submerged nets near Bloody Point over the past several days that held more than 10 tons of striped bass.
CCA calls on managers to seek reasonable interim measures regarding black sea bass pending new assessment
Federal fisheries managers are set to close another popular recreational fishery in the South Atlantic in the latest example of how chronic lapses in science and data-collection are wreaking havoc on the recreational angling sector. Less than two months after narrowly avoiding a massive closure of all bottom fishing in the South Atlantic to recover red snapper, federal managers have announced that black sea bass are set to become off-limits from February to June due to circumstances that sound frustratingly familiar to anglers.
Appropriations Committee Acts To Halt Any FCC Expenditures Related To Proposal Until GPS Interference Issues Resolved
The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee Thursday approved action that would “fence,” or halt, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from expending any funds related to a conditional waiver it granted a company called LightSquared until all concerns have been resolved about interference with GPS.
CCA's Testimony for the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council January/February 2011 Public Hearing and Scoping Meeting Series on the Comprehensive Catch Share Amendment, Snapper-Grouper Amendment 22 and Snapper Grouper Amendment 24
It must be pointed out that this comment process is seriously flawed given the sheer breadth and complexity of the issues that have been presented simultaneously here. This process, which involves hundreds of pages of documents on these issues, is not conducive to allowing stakeholders to develop informed decisions on the dozens of management options presented here, options that could have serious implications on the public’s ability to access these public resources in the future.
January 15th marked the opening for commercial harvest of striped bass in N.C. Following this opening, hundreds, if not thousands, of dead striped bass, red drum, and other fish were seen and photographed floating in NC waters. These dead fished were caught by commercial trawl boats and dumped over the side. This type of fishery requires “culling” or selecting the largest caught fish and discarding the rest, dead or alive.
WASHINGTON (CN) - The National Marine Fishery Service has proposed that weaker hooks be used in the Gulf of Mexico to help bluefin tuna escape being incidentally caught by longline fishing boats.