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Fed reps target faulty science on catch limits

Lawmakers say bureaucracy, bad science, behind problems with catch-share system
Posted on April 05, 2010

The emergency economic opportunity program for New England commercial fishing industry sent to the Obama administration by seven members of Congress asks for common sense executive action to break through bureaucratic knots and dubious science that are causing what was described as unnecessary job loss within the fishing industry.

Fish allocations seen opening door to lawsuit

Posted on April 01, 2010

The Obama administration has rejected a challenge to the legality and fairness of the 2009 New England Fishery Management Council votes that created an unlevel playing field in the allocation of fishermen's catch shares.

Congressional panel wades into 'catch share' debate

Posted on March 11, 2010

A congressional subcommittee has called for the first public airing before federal lawmakers of the Obama administration's nationwide push for the kind of "catch share" fisheries management that's due for a May 1 launch in New England.

Obama Admin Jumps to Squelch Rumors of U.S. Fishing Ban

Posted on March 11, 2010

The Obama administration is trying to dash rumors that it planned to ban recreational fishing in marine waters and the Great Lakes in the wake of a series of Internet posts warning that such a prohibition was imminent.

McCollum Letter Requesting More Money to Collect Better Data on Recreational Angling

Posted on March 10, 2010

Read full letter here

CCA Comments to NOAA Fisheries Service Opposing Haugen Exempted Fishing Permit

Posted on March 08, 2010

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.

Pols, fishermen angle for fisheries reform

Posted on February 26, 2010

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.

Agitated grouper anglers join chorus calling for change in federal fisheries management process

Posted on February 26, 2010

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." 

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
Posted on February 25, 2010

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.

Anglers protest fishery rules

Posted on February 25, 2010

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.