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Coastal Conservation Association believes the enforcement issue alone should be a permanent deterrent to the reintroduction of any fish trap gear in the Gulf of Mexico and urges NOAA Fisheries Service to reject this application for an exempted fishing permit.
The rally on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday brought together commercial and recreational fishermen and elected officials from both sides of the aisle.
Charter boat captain Sam Maisano remembers the good old days when February was the time to head offshore and catch grouper. "We have never had any problem catching big fish," said Maisano, who keeps his 32-foot, twin-engine Donzi docked behind Gators Cafe and Saloon on John's Pass. "There are grouper out there, but most folks don't want to book a trip unless they can keep something to eat."
Say catch rules kill jobs, hurt communities
WASHINGTON - Fishermen and charter boat captains from Massachusetts to Florida rallied outside the Capitol yesterday to demand changes to a federal fisheries law they say is killing jobs and eroding fishing communities.
Recreational and commercial fishermen from the Florida Keys to Alaska marched on the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Wednesday to demand changes to federal fishery laws.
TBF joins Sportfishing Industry and Partners Calling on Administration to Make Major Marine Fisheries Management Change
Immediate administrative action needed to avoid significant problems with fisheries management
The Billfish Foundation today joined a coalition of marine recreational fishing, boating, and conservation organizations and businesses to call on the Obama administration to take immediate action to deal with a crisis in federal fisheries management that has been growing for two decades because federal regulators failed to collect accurate and timely fisheries data or conduct sufficient and frequent stock assessments.
Overwhelmed agency incapable of properly implementing law
Passage of the 2006 Magnuson-Stevens Act, the overarching law that manages America’s marine fisheries, revealed crippling deficiencies within the agency charged with implementing the law. Recently, a coalition of marine angling and industry groups launched an effort to improve the National Marine Fisheries Service’s efforts to manage the nation’s marine resources and the 13 million saltwater anglers who depend on healthy fisheries.
From the chairman of a federal fisheries panel to a Florida senator and fishermen massed for protests in Washington, there were calls Wednesday to rethink a law driving new red snapper regulations expected to hammer Northeast Florida fishermen.
Statement by Eric Schwaab, NOAA Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, on Today’s “United We Fish” Rally at Capitol Hill
I am here today to listen to those who have come to rally Congress. I know the key to any successful fishery management program is active involvement by commercial and recreational fishermen as well as other interested stakeholders.