Angler concerns over catch shares, aquaculture gaining traction
The pace and breadth of federal oceans and fisheries policies have caused apprehension in the angling community in recent months, but a pair of amendments to a Commerce-Justice-Science spending bill filed by Sen. David Vitter (R-La) last week signals that some elected officials are concerned as well. The amendments, proposed as part of spending bill HR 2847, would force the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration to do new analyses of offshore fish farming and catch-share programs in federal fisheries.
"Fundamentally flawed" catch share program a threat to angling
"In more than 30 years of practice in fisheries law, I have not seen a more arbitrary action than this one,” said Robert G. Hayes, CCA general counsel. CCA has asked for an expedited hearing and expects the government to answer the lawsuit within the next 60 days. “We are going to proceed as quickly as the court will allow to prevent the implementation of this egregious decision.”
CCA seeks guidelines for opening areas, disaster relief for impacted businesses
If the federal government is going to impose significant closures that will negatively impact recreational anglers and related businesses in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, then it is vital for the government to develop a real exit strategy from this terrible situation. CCA is calling for specific, measurable criteria to determine when the objective of this plan will be met and recreational fishermen will be allowed to resume catching bottom fish.
International impasse leaves bluefin on the brink
Citing the failure of the international community to rein in harvest of bluefin tuna, Coastal Conservation Association is urging the United States to proceed with an effort to list the Atlantic bluefin on Appendix I to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and prohibit the international trade in bluefin.
It is time for the United States to demonstrate some leadership and insist that all international trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna be halted, while hope for a recovery still remains.
Catch share programs that privatize public resources for the benefit of a handful of commercial fishermen are not examples of good stewardship, and they are hardly a model that should be employed in any other fishery. Maximizing public access to public marine resources and managing them in a way that both conserves the resource and delivers the greatest economic benefits to the nation is the proper way to steward our marine resources.
Let's Apply Sustainability to Fisheries Management
It is ironic that Oregon strives to be a leader in sustainability, yet we continue to subject our wild salmon runs to unsustainable harvest practices that are pushing the fish toward extinction.
HOUSTON, Texas - David Cummins, after a long and successful career with the Coastal Conservation Association, has decided to resign his position to pursue other opportunities.
“Fundamentally flawed” catch share program a threat to angling