Atlantic Coast


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.

Articles about Atlantic Coast

Coastal Conservation Association Comments to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council On Amendment 47 to the Snapper-Grouper Fishery Management Plan For-Hire Permit Moratorium

Posted on July 23, 2018

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on Amendment 47 to the Snapper-Grouper Fishery Management Plan, the For-Hire Permit Moratorium. Coastal Conservation Association is the largest marine resource conservation group of its kind in the country, with more than 125,000 members united in our efforts to ensure the health and proper conservation of our marine resources and anglers’ access to them.

Coastal Conservation Association Comments on Bluefish Allocation Amendment To the Bluefish Management Plan

Posted on July 20, 2018

To most anglers, bluefish are not a highly prized species like striped bass or even summer flounder. They are a cosmopolitan fish that have saved many a trip with their vicious strikes and strong fight. They are the third most important recreational species in pounds landed according to NOAA’s latest information (2016), yet many more are released than kept. While they may not be a target species, they are an important component of the Atlantic coast recreational fishery.

ASMFC Warns Virginia on Menhaden

State management body prepares to defend forage base conservation measures
Posted on May 02, 2018

Coastal Conservation Association applauds the efforts of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to force the State of Virginia to comply with the provisions of Amendment 3 to the Atlantic Menhaden Fishery Management Plan. While an immediate  finding of Virginia to be out of compliance with the plan was delayed to the Commission’s August meeting, a motion to send a letter to Virginia’s Governor and General Assembly urging compliance in the strongest possible terms was adopted unanimously, with the federal services abstaining.

Time for ASMFC to Stand Firm for Menhaden

Posted on February 05, 2018

As any good angler knows, Atlantic menhaden are anything but a pisciverous predator.  Rather they are the foundation of the regional food web, and an abundant source of protein for many important gamefish like striped bass, bluefish, king mackerel and even some tuna species.

NOAA Finally Getting It Right

Agency’s fisheries economics report more accurately reflects reality, to the dismay of some.
Posted on November 14, 2017

ASMFC Menhaden Management Board Misses Historic Opportunity

Management body caves with vote to maintain failed management of menhaden
Posted on November 13, 2017

Presented with the historic opportunity to put in place much-needed protections for menhaden that recognize their ecological role, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Menhaden Management Board blinked, and instead opted for status quo management. In the months leading up to the vote, public sentiment was overwhelmingly in favor of better menhaden management, with more than 150,000 public comments in favor of Option E that would have taken into account menhaden’s unique ecological role as a forage fish.

CCA Comments on Amendment 3 to Menhaden Management Plan

Posted on October 23, 2017


Posted on September 07, 2017

Senate Commerce Committee Advances Billfish Conservation Act

Posted on May 19, 2017

Fisheries Economic Picture Comes into Focus

Recreational fisheries generate far more economic activity with less impact on marine resources. So why are we still treated as an after-thought by NOAA Fisheries?
Posted on May 18, 2017

Anglers Applaud Decision for Striped Bass Conservation

Proposed harvest increase for iconic sportfish shelved by Atlantic States Commission
Posted on May 11, 2017

Anglers Call on Trump to Deliver

The recreational fishing industry hopes for sea change from new administration
Posted on January 27, 2017

Marine Habitat Monument celebrates reefing partnership

Posted on December 14, 2016

Old Dog, Same Tricks - When it comes to fisheries economics, NMFS just won’t learn.

Posted on October 27, 2016

Menhaden Math Doesn’t Add Up

Proposed commercial harvest increase jeopardizes menhaden plan
Posted on October 20, 2016

Many places along the coast are seeing more menhaden than they have in years, and it's a wonderful sight.

CCA Letter to ASMFC Urges Commission to Keep Commitment to Managing Menhaden

Posted on July 28, 2016

Next week the Atlantic Menhaden Management Board will set specifications for the 2017 fishery and provide further guidance to its Plan Development Team on Draft Amendment 3. These two issues are of the utmost importance to the Coastal Conservation Association. We urge you to keep your commitment to managing menhaden for predators, allow conservation to continue working, and avoid the impacts of regulatory whiplash. Be cautious and measured in your setting of the specifications and stay on the schedule previously established for the approval and implementation of Amendment 3.

Senators Nelson and Rubio Stand Up for Anglers and Boaters

Newly introduced marine fisheries legislation approved by the Senate Commerce Committee
Posted on June 29, 2016

Atlantic red drum assessment cause for concern

ASMFC evaluation of red drum stock raises questions
Posted on May 06, 2016

State moves to ramp up funding for marine habitat

House of Representatives approves measure to direct new license tag funding to Georgia coast
Posted on March 21, 2016

A measure carried by Rep. Alex Attwood (St. Simons) to strengthen the state wildlife license tag program was approved by the House last week and now needs only the companion bill carried by Sen. Ben Watson (Savannah) to pass the Senate to open the door for additional funding of coastal habitat projects. Coastal Conservation Association Georgia is the sponsor for HB 736 and has high hopes for the potential of the legislation.

Oyster Summit seeks to build a better oyster reef

BCT convenes experts from around nation to develop oyster restoration playbook
Posted on November 13, 2015

Missing Pieces Distort Fisheries Economics Picture (again)

Posted on November 04, 2015

Big Day for a Little Fish

Managers set a course for a critical forage species
Posted on November 02, 2015

Menhaden Management Board moves to increase harvest

Anglers cautiously optimistic management still moving in right direction
Posted on May 06, 2015

States take action to reverse striped bass decline

Anglers applaud Atlantic Commission’s more conservative approach for popular gamefish
Posted on October 30, 2014

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Striped Bass Management Board voted this week to adopt new, more conservative reference points for striped bass and reduce fishing mortality by 25 percent in the coastal states and 20.5 percent in the Chesapeake Bay.  The decision is welcome news for recreational anglers who have grown alarmed at the precipitous decline of the most popular gamefish on the East Coast.

Oysters in New York Harbor get a boost

CCA’s Building Conservation Trust sponsors event benefitting Billion Oyster Project
Posted on October 03, 2014

CCA Striped Bass Comments - Draft Addendum IV

Posted on September 04, 2014

CCA Striped Bass Comments - Draft Addendum IV

Posted on August 04, 2014

Mixed Signals for Striped Bass

Posted on May 16, 2014

My Limit is ONE

Recreational anglers fighting to preserve our marine resources.
Posted on January 06, 2014

Recreational anglers have an incredible opportunity to help out in a meaningful way.  We can also send a powerful message to fisheries managers up and down the coast.  We can use voluntary restraint in the fish we harvest and be more selective in our decisions.  What we are asking is this...

CCA Comment on Shad & River Herring Management

Posted on September 30, 2013

Shad and river herring populations are at critically low levels of abundance.  Historically these species supported large scale fisheries and, more importantly, were key forage components in the Atlantic ecosystem.  They were important prey species for a host of recreationally important species, such as bluefish, striped bass, king mackerel; and tunas.  Their populations are a mere shadow of what they once were.

Big Day for a Little Fish

ASMFC takes first step to finally bring menhaden under management
Posted on December 15, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD – For the first time ever, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) will reduce the harvest of menhaden and finally begin the process of managing this critical forage base. The measure approved today by the Menhaden Management Board will reduce menhaden harvest in both the reduction and bait fisheries by 20 percent beginning in 2013.


Menhaden Management Not Passing the Smell Test

Atlantic menhaden management takes a familiar, disturbing turn
Posted on July 02, 2012

Last week the Atlantic States Marines Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Stock Assessment Committee and Technical Committee met to finalize the stock assessment update and advice they may give the Board for managing menhaden.

Reduction Industry Crosses the Line

Posted on May 17, 2012

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Technical Committee (TC) and Stock Assessment Committee (SAC) process is supposed to be a simple one that allows the members, who come from state agencies, federal agencies and academia, to do the technical work necessary to manage marine fisheries. One primary object of this process is to allow only qualified, independent scientists to populate the committees, who can be expected to produce results that are not biased towards any one sector or another. Such scientists insulated from the grind of fishery politics are the very engine on which marine fisheries management runs.

Fisheries regulators cut menhaden catch to protect other species

Posted on November 10, 2011

A small silver fish, menhaden has outsized importance in the sea, serving as sustenance for many larger fish and providing vital oils for healthy human hearts. But the population of menhaden has plummeted to just 8 percent of its historical levels off the East Coast as overfishing has taken its toll.

A new day for menhaden management

Commission vote reduces menhaden harvest for first time ever
Posted on November 09, 2011

For the first time in history, there will be reductions in the harvest of Atlantic menhaden after a vote today by the Menhaden Management Board of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). Menhaden, which serve as the primary forage base for most predatory fish, have declined to the lowest level ever recorded, sparking alarm in the recreational angling community which has long expressed concern over the impact of industrial menhaden harvest on sportfish stocks.

Commission shelves reduction of striped bass harvest in Chesapeake Bay

Some Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission members concerned about disappearance of rockfish in northern waters
Posted on November 08, 2011

BOSTON—A proposal that could have slashed Maryland's annual striped bass catch by more than 50 percent in 2012 was shelved Tuesday morning by the commission that oversees East Coast fisheries.

The 9-6 vote by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's striped bass board will most likely postpone any further discussion of a harvest reduction until 2013, when a new population assessment is due.

Study: Cod now in dire straits

Posted on October 27, 2011

Gulf of Maine cod, the lifeblood of the inshore fishing fleet centered around Gloucester, appears to have undergone a dramatic and inexplicable decline in recent years, according to an authoritative marine scientist on the NOAA Science Center team.

Higher striped bass numbers bring cautious optimism

Posted on October 26, 2011

For the first time in almost a decade, striped bass had a successful spawning year class, but there are those who believe we still should be cautious.

Two grants to remove derelict fishing gear from Long Island Sound

Posted on October 19, 2011

Restoration of the Long Island Sound marine habitat took a major step forward this week with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's announcement of two grant awards to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County (CCE) to identify and remove more than 118 tonnes of marine debris, including abandoned lobster pots, from the Sound. 

Number of young striped bass in Chesapeake Bay spikes

Encouraging census results may affect harvest limits
Posted on October 18, 2011

After several years of discouraging results, Maryland fisheries officials say the number of juvenile striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay this summer was the fourth highest in the 58-year history of their annual census.

2011 Young of the Year Striped Bass Survey Shows Fourth Highest Reproduction On Record

Posted on October 18, 2011

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that the 2011 Young of the Year (YOY) Striped Bass Survey is 34.6, well above the long-term average of 11.9, and exceedingly higher than 2010’s results of 5.9. This is the fourth highest measure of striped bass spawning success in the Chesapeake Bay in the survey’s 58-year history.

2011 a Banner Year for Young Striped Bass in Virginia

Posted on October 17, 2011

Newswise — Preliminary results from a 2011 survey conducted by researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) suggest the production of a strong class of young-of-year striped bass in the Virginia portion of Chesapeake Bay. The 2011 year class represents the group of fish hatched this spring.

Help Save "The Most Important Fish in the Sea"

Posted on October 12, 2011

Send a message to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission today in support of stronger conservation for menhaden, an important forage fish.

Bluefin carcass washes ashore

Not known if related to harbor seal deaths
Posted on October 11, 2011

HAMPTON — A dead bluefin tuna washed up at Hampton Beach on Wednesday has a local marine biologist concerned because of the ongoing investigation into the recent deaths of dozens of young harbor seals.

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.

A Tropical Technique for Maine’s Shallows

Posted on October 01, 2011

PORTLAND, Me. — I was standing in the bow of a low-riding skiff as my angling companion poled us across white sand flats, illuminated by a warm summer sun. Suddenly, several wakes appeared before the boat.

No easy answer on stripers

Posted on September 30, 2011

I recently ran into a friend who spends time each year fishing for stripers in Massachusetts in the Cape Cod area. As he explained how his season went, it was clear that things were not up to his expectations.

GPS Could be Used to Deter Chesapeake Bay Poachers

Posted on September 27, 2011

ANNAPOLIS (September 27, 2011) -- A pilot program to install tracking devices on some commercial fishing boats in the Chesapeake Bay may go into effect next year. 

CCA Angler's Guide to Addendum V of the ASMFC Menhaden Management Plan

Posted on September 23, 2011

A compilation of the history of menhaden management and a review of the options currently on the table to rebuild the primary forage base of the Atlantic Coast.

Hook-and-line gear rules being readied for striped bass

Posted on September 23, 2011

A proposal is being finalized that would add the commercial use of hook-and-line gear in North Carolina’s ocean striped bass fishery as early as next year.

Lionfish spreading throughout western Atlantic

Posted on September 17, 2011

Lionfish are members of the scorpion fish family and are native to the Indo-Pacific region. Since 2000, however, scientists have become aware of growing populations of lionfish in the Atlantic Ocean. Original sightings of these striking striped fish, with their showy fins, were made on reefs off the coasts of Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Bermuda. Since then, the fish have spread throughout the western Atlantic.

Maryland seeks sustainability seal for striped bass

Watermen hope label would boost share of market; politicians think it would help state's green reputation
Posted on September 16, 2011

Someday, perhaps as early as March, Maryland's striped bass may join the main ingredients of Europe's Filet-O-Fish sandwich on the list of fish known worldwide as abundant, well-managed and caught in environmentally friendly ways.

60 recreational fishermen face loss of licenses

Proposed suspensions are first since legislature authorized DNR to act
Posted on September 13, 2011

The Department of Natural Resources will announce today that it has made its own large catch — 60 recreational fishermen involved in a variety of illegal activities on Maryland's waterways in the past five months.

MFC votes to continue striper trawling, new speck FMP to come in November

Posted on September 12, 2011

The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission reaffirmed its commitment to the status quo regarding management of striped bass and spotted seatrout at its meetings last week in Raleigh.

Striped bass trawling ban rejected

But fisheries board orders future rules imposing limits
Posted on September 08, 2011

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission decided Thursday not to adopt sweeping changes to the state's striped bass fishery rules for the coming season, but significant modifications might be coming in the next couple of years.

Stormy Waters Ahead for Eelgrass

Posted on September 07, 2011

Blades of eelgrass, flowing like ribbons, were once a ubiquitous sight in all of the major western shore tributaries and the eastern side of the bay. Beds formed an abundant habitat for blue crabs, sea horses, scallops and other species. Now, eelgrass (Zostera marina) coverage in the bay is a fraction of what it once was, and warming waters due to climate change threatens to compound problems for the hardy, high-salinity submerged aquatic vegetation. 

Big cuts expected in black sea bass catches, but other limits may rise

Posted on September 07, 2011

Saltwater anglers are facing severe cutbacks in black sea bass catches next year — but they are expected to get increases in summer flounder and bluefish landings.

Fluke making a comeback

Posted on August 27, 2011

These days the first thing most people think of when they hear the word "fluke" is the U.S. Congress, but fisher-types are more likely to think of one of the great mysteries of the current summer, namely: Where did all summer flounder (Paralichthys dentatus to science) come from?

Fishing Column: Cuomo protects striped bass in Hudson River

Posted on August 26, 2011

Recently striped bass populations in the Hudson River got the proverbial shot in the arm thanks to New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

Maine gets $1.1M to track Atlantic salmon

Posted on August 24, 2011

PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Department of Marine Resources will be getting help monitoring efforts to revive the populations of the endangered Atlantic salmon in the state.

Summer flounder limits likely to increase again next summer as numbers continue to rebound

Posted on August 18, 2011

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, which regulates summer flounder, recommended increasing the 2012 harvest by 1.6 million pounds to 35.55 million pounds, at a meeting this week.

N.C. regulators consider new rules for ocean striped bass fishing

Posted on August 17, 2011

The discarding of hundreds, if not thousands, of dead striped bass by a trawler off the N.C. coast early this year has spurred state regulators to consider new rules for the commercial catch of the species.

Crucial MFC meeting cancelled because no commercial fishing members will show up

Posted on August 09, 2011

A crucial NC Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC) meeting that was to be held this week in Raleigh has been cancelled because no commercial fishing representatives will be able to show up.

Holding the line on poaching

Our view: Tough new rules on commercial fishing under review by state regulators could ensure future of rockfish in Maryland waters — and on dinner plates
Posted on August 08, 2011

With Baltimore in the midst of Restaurant Week, there are probably many happily dining on rockfish these days, and rightly so. Rockfish (more commonly known as striped bass) represent one of the Chesapeake Bay's most treasured bounties, both a worthy challenge to anglers and a delight on the dinner plate.

USS Radford's Sinking Could Be Delayed Again

Posted on August 07, 2011

The Atlantic coast will soon have the largest artificial reef of its kind when the 563-foot USS Radford is sunk 30 miles off the coast of Ocean City Md., but the big event is in jeopardy of being delayed for the second time in as many weeks.

Menhaden management moves up the food chain

ASMFC votes to give public its say on menhaden
Posted on August 04, 2011

Menhaden management has long been a sore point among conservationists as intense commercial harvest of the species in the Chesapeake Bay has added to factors believed to be negatively impacting striped bass and other gamefish all along the East Coast. The primary industrial harvester of Atlantic menhaden, Omega Protein, has never had its harvest effectively restricted and stands as one of the very few commercial fishing operations in the country to successfully avoid management measures that might impact its bottom line.

ASMFC takes historic 1st step to protect menhaden

Posted on August 03, 2011

“Now, the hard work begins.”

That was the assessment of Lynn Fegley, a Maryland fisheries biologist just moments after the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted overwhelmingly last night to send a suite of options to protect menhaden and rebuild the population out for public comment.

Sappi starts work on fish ladder

When completed, fish will be able to pass through its dam for the first time in more than 100 years.
Posted on July 29, 2011

WESTBROOK - The orange cones, neon vests and construction crane that can be seen from Cumberland Street might have little significance to most people driving by the Sappi Fine Paper mill.

New Law Imposes Stiff Fines, Jail Time for Over-Fishing Striped Bass

While the limits and regulations will stay the same, catching too many and undersized striped bass could now land you in jail.
Posted on July 28, 2011

A new law that was passed last week will impose tougher fines and possibly even jail time for fishermen who catch more than the legal limit or undersized striped bass.

Bottom Dweller Makes A Comeback

Aggressive predators, fluke populations have bounced back under unpopular restrictions.
Posted on July 28, 2011

I'll admit that I am among the anglers who in recent years have grumbled about the restrictive season limits on size and take of fluke, or summer flounder. Before long, however, the severe restrictions may be the reason why our complaints change to cries of joy. Well, maybe we won't be that emotive but we may be pretty happy. By 2013, according to a report updated July 22 by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the "summer flounder stock is expected to be fully rebuilt."

Midnight magic off Montauk

Posted on July 27, 2011

There is something special about fishing for striped bass at Montauk Point under cover of darkness. One of the best at that game is Port Jefferson resident and charter boat captain Rick Gulia of Perfect Catch Fishing.

Virginia rejects bid for large Chesapeake Bay oyster farm

Posted on July 27, 2011

A watermen’s cooperative suffered a setback Tuesday when state regulators denied most of its application to grow oysters in a Chesapeake Bay tributary.

The Oyster Company of Virginia, which includes a dozen watermen, received permission to set oyster cages on about 15 acres in Lloyd’s Bay (also known as Floyd’s Bay) in the Poquoson River.

The price of striped bass

Posted on July 26, 2011

After years of holding up striped bass as the model of how humans can save a species from extinction, fisheries managers are finding out that the glue holding the model together is beginning to weaken.

General Assembly Toughens Penalties for Striped Bass Poaching

Violators will face much higher fines, prison sentences of up to 90 days and forfeiture of boats and fishing equipment.
Posted on July 23, 2011

Poachers beware: Rhode Island has new, stiffer penalties for those who catch more than the legal limit on striped bass, or try to bag those that are too small.

Old ships find new purpose at the bottom of the sea

Posted on July 18, 2011

Is saltwater fishing better or worse this year?

Posted on July 15, 2011

If you listen to the inshore saltwater fishermen concerning their fishing success for the current year you seldom hear of a good report. Even if they were having a “banner year” the fishing “could be better.”

Annihilate an Entire Species of Fish, and Other Easy Ways to Really Mess Things Up

Posted on July 15, 2011

So, there's this company called Omega Protein, and it seems intent on catching as much as it possibly can of an obscure, tiny, practically inedible fish called the Atlantic menhaden.

Annual stock report shows steady progress toward rebuilding our nation’s fisheries

Posted on July 14, 2011

Three fisheries stocks from the Northeast – Georges Bank haddock, Atlantic pollock and spiny dogfish – have now been rebuilt to healthy levels, bringing to 21 the number that have been rebuilt nationwide since 2000, according to a report to Congress from NOAA’s Fisheries Service issued today.

Where Have All the Menhaden Gone?

Posted on May 01, 2011

Economics Make the Case for North Carolina Gamefish Bill

Recreational sector generates six times the jobs, 12 times the sales of commercial industry
Posted on April 19, 2011

North Carolina has the opportunity to increase the economic impact of fishery management to the entire state with a single bill - H.B. 353, a bill to make striped bass, red drum and speckled trout gamefish. According to a study released this week by Coastal Conservation Association of North Carolina, the economic impacts of recreational angling for those three species dwarf those of the commercial sector and make a compelling case for legislative measures that enhance recreational fisheries.

Menhaden Management Finally Begins

ASMFC takes first steps to rebuild menhaden forage base
Posted on March 24, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, VA – For the first time ever, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission took steps to rein in the industrial harvest of menhaden and begin the process of managing the menhaden fishery. If adopted, the measures proposed today by the Menhaden Management Board would lead to a reduction of menhaden harvest in both the reduction and bait fisheries. 

VIDEO: CCA North Carolina Goes for Gamefish Status for Speckled Trout, Striped Bass and Red Drum

Posted on March 10, 2011

Click here for a video produced by CCA North Carolina to explain the chapter's efforts to seek game fish status for Speckled Trout, Red Drum, and Striped Bass.

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.

Marine Fisheries Commission sanctions striped bass slaughter

Anglers set to seek relief in General Assembly
Posted on February 14, 2011

In an appalling disregard for the indiscriminate killing of striped bass by the commercial trawl net fishermen, the North Carolina Marine fisheries Commission (NCMFC) voted to continue these wasteful practices.

CCA North Carolina Seeks End to Trawling

Striped bass kills highlight need to end destructive fishing practices
Posted on February 10, 2011

In response to a rash of massive striped bass kills along the coast, CCA North Carolina will request the NC Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC) to eliminate trawling of any kind as a permissible fishing gear for striped bass. 

Different Regulations, Same Result off North Carolina

Third massive bass kill photographed off Oregon Inlet
Posted on February 07, 2011

In a mistake that was entirely predictable, the state’s Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC) has allowed the use of large trawl nets among large schools of striped bass. And, for the third time in less than three weeks, a massive striped bass kill has occurred. The latest example of "regulatory dead discards" was photographed from a helicopter off Oregon Inlet this week and was again evidenced by a long trail of dead striped bass in the vicinity of commercial trawlers. 

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.

Maryland gill net closure announced

Posted on February 04, 2011

Maryland's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) just announced that the current commercial gill net season has been closed until the Department determines the extent of illegal nets and their impact on the remaining quota. The announcement follows the discovery of submerged nets near Bloody Point over the past several days that held more than 10 tons of striped bass. 

House Committee 'Interferes' With LightSquared Deployment

Appropriations Committee Acts To Halt Any FCC Expenditures Related To Proposal Until GPS Interference Issues Resolved
Posted on January 25, 2011

The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee Thursday approved action that would “fence,” or halt, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from expending any funds related to a conditional waiver it granted a company called LightSquared until all concerns have been resolved about interference with GPS.

Striped Bass Latest Target of Destructive Fishing Practices in North Carolina

Posted on January 19, 2011

January 15th marked the opening for commercial harvest of striped bass in N.C.  Following this opening, hundreds, if not thousands, of dead striped bass, red drum, and other fish were seen and photographed floating in NC waters.  These dead fished were caught by commercial trawl boats and dumped over the side.  This type of fishery requires “culling” or selecting the largest caught fish and discarding the rest, dead or alive.

Fisheries managers take huge step toward righting allocations

Anglers applaud precedent-setting move to examine outdated allocation for scup
Posted on November 10, 2010

CHARLESTON, SC – The Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Committee met jointly today, and in response to a request from Coastal Conservation Association voted to begin an analysis of the scup fishery to determine whether a modification of the current allocation is needed. 

Conservationists praise ASMFC decision on striped bass

Managers reject proposal to increase commercial harvest
Posted on November 09, 2010

CHARLESTON, SC – After months of intense debate, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) announced today that it has denied a proposal to increase the commercial harvest of striped bass by up to 50 percent. Public sentiment has run intensely against the proposal from the moment it was introduced last February, as recreational anglers up and down the East Coast flooded their ASMFC representatives with calls to deny the proposal.

Fisheries Allocations Still Out of Whack

Scup is latest in long line of allocations that shortchange recreational sector
Posted on August 31, 2010

While the news from the most recent Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council meeting indicated a rosy future for scup, the Council’s failure to seek an economic study of the way scup are allocated between the recreational and commercial sectors presages a far dimmer future for scup anglers.

CCA NY Thanks Governor, Legislators for Prohibiting Commercial Striped Bass Fishery in the Hudson River

Posted on August 18, 2010

Coastal Conservation Association New York is taking this opportunity to thank New York’s Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, along with the members of New York’s Senate and Assembly, for enacting legislation which will protect New York’s spawning population of striped bass.  

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 Formal Comments on Addendum II to Amendment 6 of the ASMFC Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan

Posted on June 15, 2010

Read full plan here

ASMFC Finally Cuts Bait

Committee moves forward with addressing management targets for menhaden
Posted on May 11, 2010

At its meeting last week in Washington DC, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) directed its Menhaden Technical Committee to develop new options for managing menhaden more like a critical forage species than a fish to be industrially harvested. A move that many East Coast anglers would say is long past due.

ASMFC Continues Effort to Increase Commercial Bass Harvest

Gamble to increase commercial take by up to 50 percent heads for public hearings
Posted on May 07, 2010

WASHINGTON DC – Anglers will soon have the opportunity to comment on a new effort to increase the coastal commercial harvest of striped bass by 20 to 50 percent, after the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Striped Bass Management Board voted this week to send the proposal out for public hearing.

ASMFC Takes Wrong Turn on Striped Bass

Signs pointing to cause for grave concern met with proposal to up commercial harvest
Posted on February 10, 2010

After hearing a litany of significant concerns about the health of the striped bass population presented by its own Technical Committee and by law enforcement personnel, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Striped Bass Management Board did the last thing anyone expected at its meeting last week - directing staff to draft an addendum to the management plan which would increase the coastal commercial striped bass harvest.

CCA Comments to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission on Addendum II--Commercial Striped Bass Harvest Rollover

Posted on November 18, 2009

ASFMC Denies Increase in Commercial Striped Bass Harvest

Anglers rally to defeat proposal for commercial sector to kill more fish
Posted on November 03, 2009

Anglers rally to defeat proposal for commercial sector to kill more fish. 

CCA Opposes Proposed Rollover of Commercial Harvest

Anglers highlight important warning signs for the conservation of Atlantic striped bass
Posted on October 29, 2009

Recreational anglers are opposing a plan currently before the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) that would increase commercial striped bass harvest. 

Will a saltwater license really reduce the number of anglers?

Posted on September 21, 2009

CCA Comments on Weakfish Management

Posted on June 30, 2009

The collapse of the Atlantic weakfish stock is an enigma. For the first time there is no ‘smoking gun’ one can discern that caused the decline. But it is abundantly clear from both anecdotal fishermen’s reports and the most recent stock assessment that the decline is severe and continuing. Most disturbing is the Technical Committees projection that even under a total moratorium the stock will not recover by 2020. 

CCA Comments on Weakfish Management

Posted on April 14, 2009

The Price of Mismanagement

The bill for decades of overharvest has come due in the form of an overfished summer flounder stock
Posted on July 25, 2007

The most recent summer flounder stock assessment brought some unwelcome news to East Coast anglers last week and will almost certainly result in additional catch reductions for recreational fishermen. The assessment, conducted by National Marine Fisheries Service, indicated that years of mismanagement have finally caught up to summer flounder, and steps will have to be taken to set the recovery back on course.

Testimony Regarding Real Time Harvest Management in the Recreational Fishery

Posted on April 01, 2006

Good Morning, the Coastal Conservation Association is a marine fisheries conservation organization supported by 80,000 members from Maine to Texas. I coordinate CCA’s Atlantic fishery conservation activities in its 11 East Coast chapters with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. 

Testimony Before the National Academy of Science Committee to Review Recreational Fisheries Survey Methods

Posted on April 01, 2006

I am Richen Brame, Atlantic Coast Fisheries Coordinator for the Coastal Conservation Association.  Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you this afternoon on recreational fisheries data collection.