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Scientist calls for catch share moratorium

'System may not be economically viable,' leading research biologist tells industry officials
Posted on February 18, 2010

Brian Rothschild, a nationally influential research biologist revered in most New England's ports, has proposed a one-year moratorium in the regional imposition of catch shares, a re-engineering of the fishing industry that is to start May 1 when cooperatives will begin working off allocations.

U.S. Recreational Fishing & Boating Coalition Comments on White House Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force Interim Framework for Effective Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning

Posted on February 12, 2010

These comments were prepared and signed by representatives of the following groups: American Sportfishing Association, Bass Anglers Sportsmen Society, Berkley Conservation Institute, Center for Coastal Conservation, Coastal Conservation Association, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, International Game Fish Association, National Marine Manufacturers Association, Shimano Sport Fisheries Initiative, and The Billfish Foundation.

CCA Continues Advocacy for Harvest Reform, Recovery of Oregon’s Salmon Runs

Posted on February 11, 2010

The changes made by the Attorney General’s office do not reflect the intent of the initiative, which is to end the non-selective over-harvest of Oregon's native fish runs while maintaining a healthy commercial salmon fishing industry.

ASMFC Takes Wrong Turn on Striped Bass

Signs pointing to cause for grave concern met with proposal to up commercial harvest
Posted on February 10, 2010

After hearing a litany of significant concerns about the health of the striped bass population presented by its own Technical Committee and by law enforcement personnel, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Striped Bass Management Board did the last thing anyone expected at its meeting last week - directing staff to draft an addendum to the management plan which would increase the coastal commercial striped bass harvest.

Council action on Gulf red snapper signals need for reallocation

Shortened recreational season brings allocation issue to the forefront
Posted on February 10, 2010

Recreational anglers were cheered earlier this year by news that after decades of federal management, culminating with a two-fish bag limit and a 74-day season in 2009, scientists suddenly announced that the Gulf red snapper stock is no longer undergoing overfishing, which is a significant step on the road to recovery.

NOAA Grant Proposal Could Launch Marine Zoning

Posted on February 05, 2010

The Obama administration is proposing a grant program that could start zoning marine areas for offshore projects.

Fish trap proposal rejected by Gulf Council

Unanimous vote ends misguided effort to reintroduce destructive gear
Posted on February 04, 2010

Like a bad penny, a proposal to re-introduce fish traps as an alternative to longline gear in the Gulf grouper fishery turned up before the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council in December, outraging conservationists and fisheries management veterans who had fought to banish the destructive gear from the Gulf back in the 1990s. 

Sending out an SOS — New movement divides fishermen

Posted on February 03, 2010

Out of frustration, some area captains signed on as supporters of a Save Our Sector plan. Now they are having second thoughts.

CCA Mourns Passing of Walter Fondren

Visionary conservationist helped change the way marine resources are managed
Posted on February 01, 2010

The conservation community lost one of its true visionaries with the passing of Coastal Conservation Association founder Walter W. Fondren III last week in Houston.

CCA Comments on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Gag/Red Grouper Amendment Scoping Document (Reef Fish Amendment 32)

Posted on January 11, 2010