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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.

Fishermen rally against limits

Say catch rules kill jobs, hurt communities
Posted on February 25, 2010

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.

Statement by Eric Schwaab, NOAA Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, on Today’s “United We Fish” Rally at Capitol Hill

Posted on February 24, 2010

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.

Change fishery rules, spare fishing jobs, chorus says

Posted on February 24, 2010

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.

Coalition seeks to avoid fisheries management “train wreck”

Overwhelmed agency incapable of properly implementing law
Posted on February 24, 2010

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.

Questions and Answers about The Flexibility in Rebuilding America’s Fisheries Act

Posted on February 23, 2010

CCA is opposed to current legislation sponsored by Rep. Frank Pallone and Sen. Charles Schumer, also known as the Flexibility Act, which would weaken the conservation provisions of the Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. CCA does not believe that H.R.1584 and S.1255 would benefit anglers, as it does not address many of the core problems plaguing recreational fisheries.

Sportfishing Industry and Partners Call on Administration to Make Major Marine Fisheries Management Changes

Immediate administrative action needed to avoid significant problems with fisheries management
Posted on February 23, 2010

Today, a coalition of marine recreational fishing, boating, and conservation organizations and businesses called on the Obama administration to take immediate action to address a crisis within the federal fisheries management system. 

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.