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Pacific Northwest Fisheries

CCA created the CCA Pacific Northwest Fisheries Committee as a subcommittee of the National Government Relations Committee. It is comprised of dedicated CCA volunteers working within the federal fisheries council system for better fisheries management in the Pacific Northwest.

Angela Hult, of Oregon, is the CCA Pacific Northwest Fisheries Committee Chairman. Heath Heikkila serves as the CCA Pacific Northwest Fisheries Director and staff member for the committee.
 

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Atlantic States

The ASMFC became the major fishery management organization on the Atlantic Coast. In 1998, it became clear that CCA - the largest marine fishery conservation organization in the U.S. - would need to work with the ASMFC to affect the management of critically important Atlantic species. CCA created the Atlantic States Fisheries Committee as a subcommittee of the National Government Relations Committee. It is comprised of dedicated CCA volunteers working within the ASMFC system for better Atlantic fisheries management.

The CCA Atlantic States Fisheries Committee decides annually which species under ASMFC management are priorities. Representatives from the committee attend management board meetings and technical committee meetings. Attendance in this meeting process is critical to fully understand the biology and management of each particular species. The CCA Atlantic States Fisheries Committee then formulates goals for each species FMP and works with the ASMFC to implement them through state organizations and agencies.
 
Charles A. Witek III of New York, is the CCA Atlantic States Fisheries Committee Chairman. Richen Brame serves as the CCA Atlantic States Fisheries Director and staff member for the committee.

Gulf of Mexico Fisheries

CCA created the CCA Gulf Fisheries Committee as a subcommittee of the National Government Relations Committee. It is comprised of dedicated CCA volunteers working within the federal council system for better fisheries management in the Gulf of Mexico.

Representatives from the committee attend management board meetings and technical committee meetings. Attendance is critical to fully understand the biology and management of each particular species. The CCA Gulf Fisheries Committee then formulates goals for each species and works within the council system to implement their objectives through state organizations and agencies.
 
Tim Strickland of Texas is the CCA Gulf Fisheries Committee Chairman. Dr. Russell Nelson serves as the CCA Gulf Fisheries Director for the committee.
 

Atlantic Coast Fisheries

The ASMFC became the major fishery management organization on the Atlantic Coast. In 1998, it became clear that CCA - the largest marine fishery conservation organization in the U.S. - would need to work with the ASMFC to affect the management of critically important Atlantic species. CCA created the Atlantic States Fisheries Committee as a subcommittee of the National Government Relations Committee. It is comprised of dedicated CCA volunteers working within the ASMFC system for better Atlantic fisheries management.

The CCA Atlantic States Fisheries Committee decides annually which species under ASMFC management are priorities. Representatives from the committee attend management board meetings and technical committee meetings. Attendance in this meeting process is critical to fully understand the biology and management of each particular species. The CCA Atlantic States Fisheries Committee then formulates goals for each species FMP and works with the ASMFC to implement them through state organizations and agencies.
 
Charles A. Witek III of New York, is the CCA Atlantic States Fisheries Committee Chairman. Richen Brame serves as the CCA Atlantic States Fisheries Director and staff member for the committee.
 

Catch Shares

Catch share programs set a biologically based annual catch limit for fish stock and allocate a specific portion of that catch limit to entities, such as commercial fishermen, cooperatives or communities. With a secure share, commercial fishermen can be more selective about how and when they catch their allotment. If designed correctly, catch share programs help eliminate the race to fish, reduce overcapacity and bycatch, and improve economic efficiency.

Unfortunately, in fisheries where there is a large and growing recreational sector, exclusive fishing rights proposals maximize benefits to the commercial fishing industry while ignoring the participation and beneficial economic impacts of recreational fishing.
 
"Catch shares are obviously a major focus for this Administration, and we are concerned not only about the impact they have on recreational fisheries, but also at the pace with which they are being pushed into the management system. Catch shares are on a fast track and we don’t feel we have the luxury to ‘just say no’ – we’ve never chosen that option in any fisheries management crisis. We didn’t do that during the debate over marine protected areas or open-loop LNG terminals and we are not going to do it now. Catch shares are a real threat to the future of a number of recreational fisheries and they are not going to just go away anytime soon. We are going to stay very active on this issue to make sure recreational anglers are not left out of the debate…and out of the fishery."
 
Chester Brewer, Chairman
CCA National Government Relations Committee
 

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The ASMFC became the major fishery management organization on the Atlantic Coast. In 1998, and it became clear that CCA - the largest marine fishery conservation organization in the U.S. - would need to work with the ASMFC to affect the management of critically important Atlantic species like striped bass. CCA created the Atlantic Fisheries Committee as a subcommittee of the National Government Relations Committee. It is comprised of dedicated CCA volunteers working within the ASMFC system for better Atlantic fisheries management.
 
The CCA Atlantic Fisheries Committee decides annually which species under ASMFC management are priorities. Representatives from the committee attend management board meetings and technical committee meetings. Attendance in this meeting process is critical to fully understand the biology and management of each particular species. The CCA Atlantic Fisheries Committee then formulates goals for each species Fishery Management Plan and works with the ASMFC to implement them through state organizations and agencies.
 
Jack Travelstead serves as the CCA Atlantic States Fisheries Director.
 

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Catch Shares

Catch share programs set a biologically based annual catch limit for fish stock and allocate a specific portion of that catch limit to entities, such as commercial fishermen, cooperatives or communities. With a secure share, commercial fishermen can be more selective about how and when they catch their allotment. If designed correctly, catch share programs help eliminate the race to fish, reduce overcapacity and bycatch, and improve economic efficiency.

Unfortunately, in fisheries where there is a large and growing recreational sector, exclusive fishing rights proposals maximize benefits to the commercial fishing industry while ignoring the participation and beneficial economic impacts of recreational fishing.
 
"Catch shares are obviously a major focus for this Administration, and we are concerned not only about the impact they have on recreational fisheries, but also at the pace with which they are being pushed into the management system. Catch shares are on a fast track and we don’t feel we have the luxury to ‘just say no’ – we’ve never chosen that option in any fisheries management crisis. We didn’t do that during the debate over marine protected areas or open-loop LNG terminals and we are not going to do it now. Catch shares are a real threat to the future of a number of recreational fisheries and they are not going to just go away anytime soon. We are going to stay very active on this issue to make sure recreational anglers are not left out of the debate…and out of the fishery."
 
Chester Brewer, Chairman
CCA National Government Relations Committee
 

Governor Rick Perry

The Coastal Game Fish Bill

House Bill 353 is an act to designate red drum, striped bass and spotted sea trout as coastal game fish. It is designed to help foster a recreational fishery currently worth exponentially more in dollars and jobs than the commercial fishery.

The bill would enhance a public trust resource for the citizens of North Carolina (and other states) and would help end over-fishing and bring North Carolina in compliance with the Fisheries Reform Act of 1997. Similar to game fish bills that have been successfully implemented in Texas and Florida, HB 353 would require that these species be harvested by hook-and-line only and it would prohibit the sale of these species.

In 2005, only 691 commercial fishermen landed a red drum and only 216 of those make more than $200 from red drum harvest.  For striped bass, the highest value commercial fishery of the three, only 614 fishermen landed striped base in the estuary fishery and only 201 fishermen landed fish in the ocean fishery.  Across both fisheries, only 68 fishermen earned more than $2,000 a year selling striped bass in 2004.  Finally, for spotted seatrout, only 921 fishermen landed spotted seatrout and only 105 landed more than $1,000 worth of spotted seatrout in 2008. This suggests that very few, if any, commercial fishermen are dependent on harvests of these three species.

Click to see CCA North Carolina Briefing Document on H.B. 353 - The Coastal Game Fish Bill

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Pacific Northwest

CCA created the CCA Pacific Northwest Fisheries Committee as a subcommittee of the National Government Relations Committee. It is comprised of dedicated CCA volunteers working within the federal fisheries council system for better fisheries management in the Pacific Northwest.

CCA created the CCA Pacific Northwest Fisheries Committee as a subcommittee of the National Government Relations Committee. It is comprised of dedicated CCA volunteers working within the federal fisheries council system for better fisheries management in the Pacific Northwest.

Andrew Marks is the CCA Pacific Northwest Fisheries Committee Chairman. Heath Heikkila serves as the CCA Pacific Northwest Fisheries Director and staff member for the committee.

 

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National Ocean Policy

Protecting Your Freedom to Fish.

On June 12, President Obama created the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force. The Task Force, led by the Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), was charged with developing a national policy and an implementation strategy for conserving and managing the United States ocean territory and the Great Lakes. The policy will govern ocean and Great Lakes resource management and coordinate efforts among countless federal, state, and local agencies.  

The Task Force’s Interim Framework for a National Ocean Policy was out for public review and comment until Feb. 12, 2010. The foremost flaw in the report is the omission of responsibly regulated recreational fishing as a key activity for the oceans and the Great Lakes. The report is skewed toward a preservationist policy of locking up public waters instead of one that promotes sustainable uses such as recreational fishing. 
 

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Gulf of Mexico

CCA created the CCA Gulf Fisheries Committee as a subcommittee of the National Government Relations Committee. It is comprised of dedicated CCA volunteers working within the federal council system for better fisheries management in the Gulf of Mexico.

Representatives from the committee attend management board meetings and technical committee meetings. Attendance is critical to fully understand the biology and management of each particular species. The CCA Gulf Fisheries Committee then formulates goals for each species and works within the council system to implement their objectives through state organizations and agencies.
 

Edwin Lamberth of Alabama is the CCA Gulf Fisheries Committee Chairman and Richen Brame serves as the Gulf Fisheries Director and staff member for the committee.


CCA Comments on Exempted Fishing Permit application for a two-year pilot program to allow a small, select group of headboat operators to be gifted catch shares of recreational red snapper quota – May 2013
Not only is this EFP flawed from a purely technical perspective, it is difficult to comprehend that such a program would be given serious consideration given the very high levels of political and popular opposition to sector separation and catch shares. It is even more difficult to comprehend that such an effort to take quota away from recreational anglers would be made in the face of the shortest recreational red snapper season ever.


 

 

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BCT

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The Building Conservation Trust (BCT) is a 501c3 non-profit organization exclusively dedicated to habitat creation and restoration. Organized to fund and facilitate meaningful marine habitat creation and restoration projects, BCT has created a model for the successful collaboration of business, non-profit organizations and government agencies to revitalize critical habitat and establish a vibrant foundation for the marine ecosystem.

BCT funds grassroots-driven projects that achieve one or more of five key objectives:

  • Restore degraded habitats
  • Create new habitats
  • Advance the science of coastal habitat restoration and marine fisheries conservation
  • Foster habitat stewardship
  • Educate coastal communities of the value of conservation 
The funds are combined with local CCA chapter efforts to organize conservation projects that inspire local communities to work together for marine conservation.
 

 

 

Rigs to Reefs

South Atlantic

CCA created the CCA South Atlantic Fisheries Committee as a subcommittee of the National Government Relations Committee. It is comprised of dedicated CCA volunteers working within the federal fisheries council system for better fisheries management in the South Atlantic.

Representatives from the committee attend management board meetings and technical committee meetings. Attendance in this meeting process is critical to fully understand the biology and management of each particular species. The CCA South Atlantic Fisheries Committee then formulates goals for each species and works within the Council system to implement them through state organizations and agencies.

Richen Brame serves as the CCA South Atlantic Fisheries Director and staff member for the committee.


 

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