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Collaborative letter points out deficits in data collection

Posted on October 29, 2009

An impressive array of the major marine industry, recreational angling and environmental groups co-signed an October 22 letter to Dr. Jane Lubchenco, administrator of the National Atmospheric and Ocean Administration (NOAA), calling for reform of recreational angling data collection by the federal government.

CCA Names New President

Posted on October 27, 2009

HOUSTON, TX – After an extensive nationwide search, Coastal Conservation Association selected conservation veteran Patrick Murray as president of the national organization at its meeting last week in Houston.

Letter from the Gulf Governors to Secretary Locke

Posted on October 22, 2009

Recreational Data Collection Letter to Dr. Jane Lubchenco

Posted on October 22, 2009

Gulf Governors Stand Up for Recreational Angling

States unite to request feds better protect citizens' access to public resources
Posted on October 22, 2009

“We have already seen the negative impacts from the Gulf red snapper catch share system and are concerned about negative impacts from the pending program for Gulf grouper,” the governors’ letter stated. “Creating an exclusive harvesting right for a small group of commercial fishermen inherently marginalizes other users who do not have the same access privileges..."

Federal managers shut down another Gulf fishery

Decision on Gulf amberjack shows federal management on brink of breakdown
Posted on October 21, 2009

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) continued its bizarre history of biased management regarding Gulf amberjack when it announced this week that the recreational season for the popular offshore species will close on October 24 due to the recreational sector overfishing its quota. This announcement comes barely two years after the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council arbitrarily shifted a significant portion of recreational allocation to the commercial sector.

Call to protect Pacific Ocean from overfishing

Scientists are calling for large ocean areas to be protected in a similar way to the Great Barrier Reef off Queensland's coast.
Posted on October 20, 2009

Most of the world's open ocean is still unprotected and fishing is largely uncontrolled in international waters.

CCA Testimony Before the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force

Posted on October 19, 2009

Unfortunately, the experience all too often for the recreational community is to be managed or considered after the fact.  Federal ocean and fishery management policy has historically focused solely on commercial enterprises, be it energy, shipping or fishing. 

CCA commends U.S. decision on bluefin tuna

NOAA Administrator announces support for strongest possible conservation measures
Posted on October 15, 2009

“This is an important step in the right direction, but much work remains to ensure a recovery for bluefin,” said Chester Brewer, chairman of CCA’s National Government Relations Committee. “I am thrilled to see the Administration send a clear message to the international community that it cannot continue its failed history of management for such an important species. The conservation of bluefin tuna has to be addressed.”

CCA Questions Obama Administration’s Ocean Policy

Task Force omission of recreational angling a glaring flaw
Posted on October 15, 2009

A recently issued report of the White House Interagency Ocean Task Force has caused widespread concern among America’s recreational anglers. Released just weeks after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) promised to take a “fresh look” at the federal agency’s relationship with recreational anglers, the Interim Report threatens to fast-track sweeping reforms for the management of resources in federal waters, but fails to recognize – or even mention – the conservation, economic or social contributions of recreational angling.