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.
The Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere has appointed John Ballotti to a four-year term on the 20-member Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (MPA FAC) to represent the interests and perspectives of recreational anglers.
Coastal Conservation Association Comments on South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Snapper-Grouper Amendment 43
King mackerel “sharing” plan latest example of need for overhaul
The waters of the Gulf of Mexico managed by the federal government are becoming an even more unfriendly place for recreational anglers.