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Assessment review moves summer flounder closer to finish line

Posted on August 05, 2008

HOUSTON, TX - A recent peer review of the summer flounder assessment indicates that the stock appears to be responding well to recent reductions in total allowable catch and is on track to meet a rebuilding deadline set for 2013. The review is a welcome piece of news for the stock, which has been the subject of much scrutiny in recent years.

Not Such a Pretty Picture

Posted on August 01, 2008

“In some ways, tuna are the underwater photographer's ultimate trophy. A good shot of these fast-moving, amazing animals is very difficult to obtain,” he says. “I think we've seen the last of the bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean – and therefore the East Coast – and they are not coming back. This is not a ‘natural cycle.’

Center for Coastal Conservation sets sail at ICAST

Posted on July 21, 2008

LAS VEGAS, NV – Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) was among several prominent marine conservation, boating and tackle industry associations gathered to announce the creation of the Center for Coastal Conservation (the Center) at the ICAST show in Las Vegas this week. The Center has been built to participate directly in elective politics and promote the conservation ideals of recreational angling to the lawmakers who make many of the key decisions in fisheries management.

A Passing of Giants?

Posted on July 17, 2008

After decades of declining abundance, which saw bluefin abandon areas that had long supported viable and often heavily-prosecuted fisheries, it didn’t take a biologist to recognize that the species was in trouble and that some significant changes in management were needed. 

Bluefin on the Brink

Posted on May 28, 2008

HOUSTON, TX – The Coastal Conservation Association Board of Directors is calling for Atlantic harvest levels of bluefin tuna to be reduced to levels supported by science and is urging the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) to require all member nations to adopt such quotas by emergency action. 

Casting Comments: Remember Cod?

Posted on May 15, 2008

Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.

CCA Adds Advocacy Expertise in the Pacific Northwest

Posted on May 07, 2008

PACIFIC NORTHWEST – Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) is pleased to announce that Heath Heikkila has joined its advocacy team to provide strategic guidance and counsel to CCA chapters in Washington and Oregon. He joins a veteran CCA national advocacy team that includes Robert G. Hayes, general counsel, Richen Brame, Atlantic States Fisheries Director, Dr. Russell Nelson, Gulf Fisheries Consultant, and Matt Paxton, federal lobbyist.

CCA Testifies Before Congress against Fish Pirates

Remarks focus on need for market controls to combat IUU fishing
Posted on April 23, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC – CCA General Counsel Robert G. Hayes testified before the House Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans today, and called on Congress to initiate agreements to control the international markets for seafood to put an end to IUU fishing.

Fisheries Management 101

Posted on January 24, 2008

Not unlike a professional baseball season, the federal fisheries management process is long and, at times, arduous. In baseball, a single game can be seemingly insignificant until the playoffs, where it can all go wrong in a few short innings. In managing fish, the grinding management process can drag for years, yet turn on a dime when it comes to completion and implementation. In both cases, the victory comes from tenacity, understanding the process, and staying focused till the end. 

Outlook Grim for Bluefin Tuna

Posted on January 17, 2008

To say that this year’s meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) was a disappointment would be a vast understatement.