Commercial Fishing Collaborative withdraws permit application for catch shares
A controversial exempted fishing permit (EFP) to initiate a commercial privatization program for at least six species of fish in the South Atlantic was shelved this week after widespread public outcry. The announcement that the South Atlantic Commercial Fishing Collaborative, made up of two sitting Council members and one former member, were withdrawing the EFP was made at the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council meeting in Jekyll Island, Georgia.
How manipulation and corruption are making a mockery of federal fisheries management
This question often comes up in discussions about the federal fisheries management process: Why are people who profit from the harvest and sale of America’s marine resources allowed to sit on management bodies that make regulations governing those resources?
Shell sponsorship promotes CCA youth angler outreach and education program
Coastal Conservation Association and Shell Oil Company (Shell) are proud to announce a new partnership to promote conservation ethics and education among young anglers through the award-winning CCA Rising Tide youth outreach and education program. With Shell’s three-year pledge, CCA will be able to devote more resources to its growing youth program, now with more than 15,000 young angling enthusiasts.
The chaos characterizing Gulf of Mexico fisheries laws is poised to infect South Atlantic waters without executive-level intervention.
Legislation clarifies intent of Pacific billfish conservation measures
Conservationists and anglers are praising a bill filed yesterday by U.S. Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) that seeks to clear the way for full implementation of a landmark law to raise protections for billfish. The Billfish Conservation Act (BCA) was lauded when it was signed into law in 2012, but a slight ambiguity in the wording of the original legislation prevented it from being implemented as intended by the federal government.
Louisiana representative takes on corrupt federal fisheries privatization program
Already well-known for his leadership on legislation to move management of the troubled Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery to the states, Louisiana Congressman Garret Graves is now playing a leading role in an unflinching critique of the federal government’s efforts to privatize Gulf fisheries for a select few commercial harvesters in a five-part investigative series by Fox8/New Orleans.
United effort yields win in fight against exclusionary proposal
A resolution by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors opposing the creation of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary is being hailed by a host of California groups and residents of all backgrounds. The resolution affects a new national marine sanctuary being considered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries which, if designated, could impose restrictions on fishing activities in an area stretching from Cambria to Gaviota Creek in Santa Barbara.
The recreational fishing industry hopes for sea change from new administration
A last-minute decree from the Obama Administration to phase out the use of traditional fishing tackle in waters under the management of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has drawn the ire of the recreational angling community. Filed on the day before President Obama left office, Director’s Order No. 219 will require the use of nontoxic ammunition and fishing tackle to the fullest extent practicable for all activities on Service lands, waters and facilities by January 2022, except as needed for law enforcement or health and safety uses, as provided for in policy.