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The Pending Fisheries Train Wreck

Posted on September 15, 2010

Nowhere is it more apparent that NOAA Fisheries (Formerly the National Marine Fisheries Service) will be unable to meet the requirements of the 2006 MSA reauthorization than in the table below. 

Call to ban longlines in the Gulf

Posted on September 13, 2010

Against the backdrop of the worst oil spill in U.S. history, several non-governmental organizations are calling upon the federal government to ban the use of highly destructive, indiscriminate pelagic longline gear in the Gulf of Mexico. Longlines in the Gulf are used ostensibly to target yellowfin tuna and swordfish, but they also take a heavy bycatch of troubles species like bluefin tuna, marlin, sharks, and sea turtles.

Gag grouper rules leave anglers at a loss

Another federal fishery illustrates need for shift in allocation, management philosophy
Posted on September 10, 2010

HOUSTON, TX – Recreational anglers will find themselves in a familiar situation in another federal fishery when an interim rule set to go into effect in January will completely close the Gulf recreational fishery for gag grouper, yet still allow commercial boats to land and sell gags.

Editorial: NOAA's fish allocation cut cries out anew for drastic reforms

Posted on September 02, 2010

The abrupt and seemingly arbitrary move by NOAA's regional fisheries administrator Patricia Kurkul to cut allocations in half for Gloucester's and New England's so-called "common pool" fishermen can be filed under the heading of "inevitable."

NOAA cuts 'common pool' limits in half

Posted on September 01, 2010

The federal government has abruptly cut by 50 percent the fishing opportunities for the small number of groundfishing permitholders who are not part of the new "catch share" system, and are fishing out of the so-called common pool.

CCA statement on extended red snapper season

Statement on Proposed Emergency Action to Authorize the Re-opening of the Recreational Red Snapper Season in the Gulf of Mexico
Posted on August 31, 2010

Coastal Conservation Association more than 80,000 members in state chapters along the Gulf Coast and has been an active participant in the federal management of red snapper for more than 20 years. The current situation is unique in the history of this fishery and we would like to commend the Council for taking a pragmatic approach to these unique circumstances.

Fisheries Allocations Still Out of Whack

Scup is latest in long line of allocations that shortchange recreational sector
Posted on August 31, 2010

While the news from the most recent Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council meeting indicated a rosy future for scup, the Council’s failure to seek an economic study of the way scup are allocated between the recreational and commercial sectors presages a far dimmer future for scup anglers.

Sportsman Channel and DISH Network Collaborate To Support Gulf Region Recovery Efforts

Sportsman SD and HD Now Available as A la Carte Option; New Subscriber Proceeds To Support Gulf Coast Fund & Coastal Conservation Association
Posted on August 31, 2010

In an effort to raise awareness and funds for Gulf regions working to recover from the recent oil spill disaster, Sportsman Channel will funnel this year’s proceeds from the a la carte pricing to a special “Sportsman’s Fund” created with the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) to benefit Gulf coast habitat restoration and research.  CCA is one of the largest non-profit marine conservation groups in America.

Gulf anglers finally catch a break

Fall red snapper season starts to take shape
Posted on August 24, 2010

HOUSTON, TX – A fall red snapper season is in the works thanks to a vote of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council at its meeting last week in Florida. The extension is designed to give recreational anglers who might have missed out on the 53-day season due to closures associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill a chance to fish.

NOAA backtracks; Gloucester landings up

Data corrected for first months of catch share system
Posted on August 20, 2010

Commercial landings data for the first three months of the fishing season from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was somewhat confused, leading to the widespread, incorrect conclusion that landings in Portland, Maine, were booming while landings in Gloucester were falling.