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Fisheries catch share program questioned

Posted on February 16, 2011

The search for balance between economic and environmental concerns intensified this week over catch limits from those in both commercial and recreational fishing industries.

Caught up in Catch Shares

Posted on February 16, 2011

Much has been made about the catch share issue in recent months. Catch shares are a poorly understood issue that has been made more complicated by an absolute avalanche of mistruths, half-truths, and outright lies swirling about it in fishing chatrooms and blogs across the country.

UM researchers study Bluefin tuna in the Gulf

Posted on February 15, 2011

The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was an ecological disaster that has been getting a decreasing amount of media attention since its height during the summer of last year. Although there have been massive efforts to control the spill since then, environmental researcher Molly Lutcavage and her team of scientists believe that there is more work left to be done.

Marine Fisheries Commission sanctions striped bass slaughter

Anglers set to seek relief in General Assembly
Posted on February 14, 2011

In an appalling disregard for the indiscriminate killing of striped bass by the commercial trawl net fishermen, the North Carolina Marine fisheries Commission (NCMFC) voted to continue these wasteful practices.

Scientists to Explore ACL dilemma

CCA comments on problematic Annual Catch Limit regulations at NOAA workshop
Posted on February 14, 2011

SILVER SPRING, MD – A workshop hosted jointly by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the regional Fishery Management Councils and nationally recognized experts this week will give the first opportunity to convey to federal managers the need to mitigate the severe negative impacts of the current annual catch limit (ACL) requirements on the recreational sector.

Gulf Council begins to act on call for reallocation

CCA's call for reallocation could provide much-needed relief for recreational anglers
Posted on February 11, 2011

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has taken a long-awaited first step toward addressing outdated allocations between the commercial and recreational sectors in the grouper and red snapper fisheries. During its meeting this week in Gulfport, the Council voted to begin an amendment on grouper allocations, and to review red snapper allocations and transferability options at its next meeting in April.

US-Canada deal boosts yellowtail allocation

Posted on February 10, 2011

A little more than a month after President Obama signed enabling legislation filed by members of New England's congressional delegation, NOAA officials announced Thursday that negotiators obtained Canada's agreement to increase the allocation of yellowtail flounder available to U.S. fishermen along the boundary through Georges Bank.

CCA North Carolina Seeks End to Trawling

Striped bass kills highlight need to end destructive fishing practices
Posted on February 10, 2011

In response to a rash of massive striped bass kills along the coast, CCA North Carolina will request the NC Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC) to eliminate trawling of any kind as a permissible fishing gear for striped bass. 

Anglers concerned over Gulf rig removals

Posted on February 09, 2011


The oil and gas production rigs and structures of the Gulf of Mexico are generally regarded as one of the largest man-made artificial reef in the world, providing habitat to dozens of species of finfish and other marine life, many of which are highly structure dependent.  After years in the marine environment, the structures support a significant and important biomass.  

Gulf Council Focuses on Sector Separation

Posted on February 09, 2011

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.