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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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has taken a long-awaited first step toward addressing outdated allocations between the commercial and recreational sectors in the grouper and red snapper fisheries.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. 

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.

Anglers concerned over Gulf rig removals

Posted on February 09, 2011

STATEMENT OF COASTAL CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION AT THE FEBRUARY 2011 MEETING OF THE GULF OF MEXICO FISHERY MANAGEMENT COUNCIL:

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.  

Different Regulations, Same Result off North Carolina

Third massive bass kill photographed off Oregon Inlet
Posted on February 07, 2011

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. 

Fishing for Irony

Posted on February 07, 2011

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 gill net closure announced

Posted on February 04, 2011

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. 

House Committee 'Interferes' With LightSquared Deployment

Appropriations Committee Acts To Halt Any FCC Expenditures Related To Proposal Until GPS Interference Issues Resolved
Posted on January 25, 2011

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.