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NOAA Fisheries Set to Close Another Vital Fishery

CCA calls on managers to seek reasonable interim measures regarding black sea bass pending new assessment
Posted on January 25, 2011

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.

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

Posted on January 21, 2011

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. 

Striped Bass Latest Target of Destructive Fishing Practices in North Carolina

Posted on January 19, 2011

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.

Fish Hook Rule Could Help More Bluefin Tuna Escape

Posted on January 14, 2011

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. 

Tuna Fight Muddies Waters Over Damage From BP Spill

Posted on January 13, 2011

The bluefin tuna is one of the most majestic and prized creatures in the sea. Last week, one caught off Japan sold in Tokyo for $396,000, to be used as sushi.

Fishermen rebut claims that bluefin is endangered

Posted on January 13, 2011

Atlantic bluefin tuna, on a decline earlier in the 2000s, were more plentiful in 2010 than in any other year in memory, local fishermen say. So why, they ask, is the federal government still taking seriously a petition to add the bluefin to the endangered species list?

BCI's Martin Named to Center for Coastal Conservation Board of Directors

Posted on January 11, 2011

Columbia, SC - The Center for Coastal Conservation has elected Jim Martin, Director of the Berkley Conservation Institute, to its board of directors.

Artificial reefs could resurrect oysters on Independence Island

Posted on December 19, 2010

Two artificial reefs soon will cover 4 acres of old oyster reefs alongside the long-submerged Independence Island, one of the most popular speckled-trout fishing sites off Grand Isle.

Once-popular fishing spot could make a comeback

Posted on December 18, 2010

HOUMA — A formerly popular fishing spot near Grand Isle that’s sunken into the bay due to coastal erosion is getting a facelift.

NOAA chief: System not causing job loss

Posted on December 16, 2010

NOAA administrator Jane Lubchenco Thursday issued a ringing defense of her and now the nation's catch share system, telling one of her and her policy's fiercest critics that catch shares are "merely a tool," not an outcome, and are thus "not the cause" of lost fishing industry jobs.