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.

Bill Bird of Florida is the CCA South Atlantic Committee Chairman. Richen Brame serves as the CCA South Atlantic Fisheries Director and staff member for the committee.


Articles about South Atlantic

Senator Rubio Asks for Review of Stock Assessments to Protect Fisheries and Fishing Communities in Gulf

Posted on February 28, 2013

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and senators from Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and North Carolina today sent a letter to the U.S. Government Accountability Office requesting a review of how the Department of Commerce conducts stock assessments in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic. The stock assessments conducted by the National Marine Fisheries Service are critical in maintaining the vitality of the fisheries, the fishing communities, and related industries in Florida and the region.

National Park Service and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Take Steps to Resolve Access to Biscayne National Park

Recreational boating and fishing community guardedly optimistic but firm on need for General Management Plan changes
Posted on September 27, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 27, 2012 – Today, a coalition of national boating and fishing organizations, concerned with the long term health of and public access to Florida’s Biscayne National Park, sent a letter expressing appreciation for recent positive steps in the development of a General Management Plan for the Park, but reiterated concerns about the potential to unnecessarily close large areas of the Park to the public.

Spotted seatrout caught in middle of regulations debate

Posted on November 11, 2011

First, the good news: Anglers may soon fish year round for spotted seatrout.

FWC meeting next week potentially features rule changes for sharks, redfish, trout and more

Posted on November 11, 2011

KEY LARGO — The agenda for next week's Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission meeting reminds one of that famous Clint Eastwood spaghetti western "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly."

Biscayne National Park’s fishing closure plan opposed

B.A.S.S. joins other fishing organizations to fight anti-fishing plan
Posted on November 08, 2011

Despite the opposition from numerous stakeholders and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the recently released Draft General Management Plan (GMP) for Florida’s Biscayne National Park proposes to close more than 20 percent of its public waters to recreational fishing and other activities.

Black Sea Bass Closed Until June 2012

Cross another species off the bottom-fishing list
Posted on October 19, 2011

Even when anglers on the east coast couldn’t catch red snapper, groupers or vermilion snapper, black sea bass still allowed family level anglers to catch and keep something for dinner. 

CCA urges common sense remedies for black sea bass

Self-imposed restrictions forcing South Atlantic Council to close fishery
Posted on October 12, 2011

In a letter to South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Chairman David Cupka, Coastal Conservation Association is urging the Council to take common-sense steps to remedy an unnecessarily restrictive rebuilding plan for black sea bass. The pending closure on black sea bass, proposed for October to June, compounds an already difficult offshore angling environment already reeling from closures on red snapper, groupers and vermillion snapper. 

Safeguarding Our Sport

Posted on October 03, 2011

There’s a lot of cynicism these days about politics and politicians, much of it justified, and I won’t try to tackle that thorny issue in this blog. Instead, I want to tell you about a positive experience I had recently in Washington, D.C.

Individuals, restaurants shelling out to restore Georgia oyster reefs

State provides no money in program that uses donated oyster shells
Posted on September 27, 2011

ATLANTA — A program that’s been credited with helping to stop erosion of intertidal waterways and spawning new oyster beds is dependent on handouts.

New trout rules could be game changers

Posted on September 23, 2011

INDIAN RIVER LAGOON — On the expansive grassflat between Hook Point and Thumb Point near South Beach in Fort Pierce, the spotted seatrout fishing is known to be pretty darned good at times.

CCA Comments on Amendment 18 to the Coastal Migratory Pelagic Fishery Management Plano for the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic

Posted on April 12, 2011

Anglers Share Some Good News on Catch Shares

Posted on March 11, 2011

The road to this point has not been simple. Coastal Conservation Association is among the many groups that have been opposed to catch shares, and we have invested a great deal of time and resources on many fronts to lessen the potential for negative impacts of such programs on the recreational angling community.

South Atlantic Council Votes Down Catch Shares

Anglers applaud decision to terminate catch share development in Amendment 21
Posted on March 11, 2011

Recreational anglers are applauding the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s decision today to “terminate all work relative to catch share development in Amendment 21,” the Comprehensive Catch Share Amendment. In a motion by Council member George Geiger of Florida, the Snapper Grouper Committee yesterday voted to remove catch shares from Amendment 21, setting up today’s action by the full Council. 

CCA calls on South Atlantic Council to manage for the future

Reallocation glaringly absent from documents on managing fisheries
Posted on March 04, 2011

As part of its ongoing effort to encourage the federal fisheries management system to overhaul the way it views the nation’s marine resources, Coastal Conservation Association is urging the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to break with the failed policies of the past and chart new management plans for a series of important recreational fisheries.

Annual Catch Limits: Unnecessary Limits and Limited Catch

Anglers frustrated with unrealistic implementation of Magnuson-Stevens Act
Posted on February 18, 2011

SILVER SPRINGS, MD – A three-day workshop on annual catch limits (ACLs) sponsored by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) that concludes this week leaves very little hope that the recreational sector will find a way to mitigate the negative impacts of ACLs without a legislative fix to the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the overarching federal law governing the nation’s fisheries.

Caught up in Catch Shares

Posted on February 16, 2011

Much has been made about the catch share issue in recent months. Catch shares are a poorly understood issue that has been made more complicated by an absolute avalanche of mistruths, half-truths, and outright lies swirling about it in fishing chatrooms and blogs across the country.

Fishing for Irony

Posted on February 07, 2011

They say that fishing is the world’s second oldest occupation, so it is likely there have been more ironic events in its long, storied history, but the recent letter from Massachusetts’s Governor Deval Patrick to President Obama must rank near the top of the list.

NOAA Fisheries Set to Close Another Vital Fishery

CCA calls on managers to seek reasonable interim measures regarding black sea bass pending new assessment
Posted on January 25, 2011

Federal fisheries managers are set to close another popular recreational fishery in the South Atlantic in the latest example of how chronic lapses in science and data-collection are wreaking havoc on the recreational angling sector. Less than two months after narrowly avoiding a massive closure of all bottom fishing in the South Atlantic to recover red snapper, federal managers have announced that black sea bass are set to become off-limits from February to June due to circumstances that sound frustratingly familiar to anglers.

CCA's Testimony for the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council January/February 2011 Public Hearing and Scoping Meeting Series on the Comprehensive Catch Share Amendment, Snapper-Grouper Amendment 22 and Snapper Grouper Amendment 24

Posted on January 21, 2011

It must be pointed out that this comment process is seriously flawed given the sheer breadth and complexity of the issues that have been presented simultaneously here. This process, which involves hundreds of pages of documents on these issues, is not conducive to allowing stakeholders to develop informed decisions on the dozens of management options presented here, options that could have serious implications on the public’s ability to access these public resources in the future. 

NOAA grants reprieve to South Atlantic anglers

New science removes threat of massive bottom closures in response to red snapper mess...for now
Posted on December 03, 2010

The rollercoaster of red snapper management in the South Atlantic took yet another turn this week when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced a six-month delay in implementing large-scale closures to all bottom fishing as a management measure to recover red snapper stocks.

Recreational sector stands united against sector separation

Overwhelming opposition to management scheme at Gulf Council workshop
Posted on November 10, 2010

If the public comment period at the Sector Separation Workshop hosted by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is any indication, recreational anglers are united against any proposal to separate the recreational sector into for-hire/charter and private boat angler categories. The three-day workshop was put on by the Gulf Council this week ostensibly to help managers and stakeholders gain a better understanding of sector separation as a proposed management tool for recreational fisheries.

Sportsman Channel and DISH Network Collaborate To Support Gulf Region Recovery Efforts

Sportsman SD and HD Now Available as A la Carte Option; New Subscriber Proceeds To Support Gulf Coast Fund & Coastal Conservation Association
Posted on August 31, 2010

In an effort to raise awareness and funds for Gulf regions working to recover from the recent oil spill disaster, Sportsman Channel will funnel this year’s proceeds from the a la carte pricing to a special “Sportsman’s Fund” created with the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) to benefit Gulf coast habitat restoration and research.  CCA is one of the largest non-profit marine conservation groups in America.

Council appointments a step forward for anglers

Recreational appointments shift Gulf Council closer to balance
Posted on June 24, 2010

The 2010 regional fishery management council appointments released yesterday by the U.S. Department of Commerce gave an indication that federal officials are paying attention to the concerns of recreational anglers. One of the key issues voiced by anglers at the Recreational Fishing Summit hosted by NOAA Fisheries in April was a need for balanced representation on the councils, and appointments made to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council yesterday are a solid step in the right direction.

CCA position on Amendment 17A

Posted on June 09, 2010

At this point, CCA does not support the adoption of any of the proposed regulatory changes in Amendment 17A.  CCA calls for additional review of the science before making any additional management changes. 

Anglers Cautiously Optimistic After Recreational Fishing Summit

CCA participants hope to see results after meeting with NOAA Fisheries
Posted on April 21, 2010

Outdoorsmen were out in force at the nation’s capital last week as two events in Washington DC were dedicated to how this country manages its wild and natural resources.

CCA Comments on Amendment 17 to the SAFMC Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan

Posted on November 06, 2009

CCA is fully aware of the tenets of the Magnuson Act that are forcing this issue, yet we do not believe that closing down fishery after fishery for recreational anglers was what Congress had in mind when it reauthorized the Magnuson-Stevens Act in 2006. Large-scale closures should always be the last option explored by fisheries managers, not the first. 

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