Coastal Conservation Association is a grassroots organization with 90,000 members in 15 state chapters dedicated to the conservation, promotion and enhancement of the present and future availability of coastal resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public. CCA has been active in local, state and federal fishery management issues for more than a quarter century.
Before the Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans Committee on Resources United States House of Representatives.
Mr. Chairman: Thank you for allowing me to testify before your important subcommittee in support of H.R. 3547, a bill that would preserve and protect the American public's freedom to fish responsibly in federal waters.
By embracing a saltwater fishing license, recreational anglers become a force to be reckoned with in fisheries management.
It has been proven time and again that our marine resources are not infinite. Efficient, modern technology is capable of simply overwhelming our oceans. Diesel-powered boats equipped with an array of electronic equipment, guided by spotter planes, utilizing monofilament gill nets, huge bottom trawls and miles of longlines have proven more than a match for many species of fish.
Good Afternoon, my name is Bob Hayes and I am the General Counsel for the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA). I would like to thank the Chairman for this opportunity to address the Committee on the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act.
Testimony of Sherman Baynard on behalf of the Coastal Conservation Association before the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans Committee on Resources United States House of Representatives
Good Morning, Chairman Gilcrest and members of the Subcommittee. My name is Sherman Baynard and I am here today on behalf of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA). CCA is a national organization with some 80,000 members on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts who are concerned about the conservation of marine resources. Today, I would like to address the costs and benefits of using marine protected areas (MPA) to help recover oysters in the Chesapeake Bay. Frankly, we believe that many of the potential benefits of MPAs have been overblown and many of the negative consequences have been overlooked.
Does CCA oppose marine protected areas?
No. CCA opposes the arbitrary exclusion of recreational anglers from our nation’s renewable fishery resources. CCA opposes regulations that prohibit recreational fishing access unless it can be scientifically determined that recreational fishermen are the cause of a specific conservation problem and traditional conservation measures are inadequate to solve the problem.