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CCA Comments on Red Drum EFP

Posted on April 20, 2015

The Coastal Conservation Association is opposed to the exempted fishing permit (EFP) application filed by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to allow Mississippi-licensed for-hire vessels to harvest and possess Red Drum from federal waters during the course of regular for-hire fishing trips.  The application states that the EFP’s purpose is to collect biological information on offshore Red Drum to aid biologists in assessing the status of the population in a future stock assessment. Information already available to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and to NOAA Fisheries shows this EFP will not achieve the stated scientific goals, and that it should be rejected.

Recreational community letter on red snapper legislation

Posted on January 29, 2015

Recreational fishing is one of America’s greatest outdoor activities. More than 33 million Americans
fish recreationally and it has special significance for people living in and near the Gulf of
Mexico. One of the crown jewels of recreational fishing in the Gulf is red snapper. Americans spend
tens of millions of dollars chasing red snapper in the Gulf -- on boats, gear, gas, food, beverage,
guides, hotels and restaurants. That is, they used to...

Federal Fisheries Agency Adjusts Misleading Economic Information

Corrected figures show commercial sector shrank by $2.3 billion in 2012
Posted on June 27, 2014

After significant objection from the recreational fishing and boating community, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has taken steps to correct a key fisheries economics report that misleadingly indicated that the domestic commercial fishing industry in the United States was significantly larger than the recreational fishing industry. When imported seafood, which is not regulated or managed by NMFS, is removed from the equation, the corrected data show that the recreational fishing industry is actually $7.9 billion dollars larger than the commercial fishing industry. Furthermore, the corrected data show that the domestic commercial fishing industry actually decreased by $2.3 billion in 2012.

The Road Once Taken

Posted on April 28, 2014

Imagine how different duck hunting would look today if 100 years ago the federal government had taken a page out of the current NOAA Fisheries playbook and decided to embrace and enhance the market hunters.

Everything you should know about red snapper reallocation!

Amendment 28 – Red Snapper Reallocation Briefing Document
Posted on February 25, 2014

CCA comments on Amendment 28 – Gulf Red Snapper Reallocation

Posted on December 09, 2013

Senator Vitter Moves Fisheries Allocation Policy to the Fore

Posted on October 31, 2013

Scam the Gulf

Posted on October 25, 2013

CCA and CSF Cohost Breakfast Briefing on Saltwater Fisheries Management

Posted on April 24, 2013

Gulf Snapper Wars Escalate

Insurrection boils over as feds announce 9-day red snapper season
Posted on March 22, 2013

Colonists in the Northeast responded to what they considered unfair British tax policies with the Boston Tea Party protest. Similarly, states bordering the Gulf of Mexico last week signaled their displeasure with federal red snapper management; their “tea party” came in the form of a bill introduced in the U.S. House by representative Jo Bonner (R-Ala), as well as individual states announcing their refusal to comply with federal snapper laws.

Use It or Lose It

Fisheries economics report may be a useful tool…if NOAA Fisheries uses it
Posted on March 19, 2013

Recently, NOAA Fisheries released its economic report, Fisheries Economics of the United States 2011. Better late than never.  The report provides economic statistics on U.S. commercial and recreational fisheries and marine-related businesses for each coastal state and the nation.
This is the sixth time NOAA has created the report which contains a great deal of interesting information. The question is will the agency ever do anything with it to justify even the expense of compiling it.