Lawmakers say bureaucracy, bad science, behind problems with catch-share system
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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."
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.
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.