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.
 

Tim Strickland of Texas is the CCA Gulf Fisheries Committee Chairman.


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.


 

 

Articles about Gulf of Mexico

Take a Stand Against Amendment 40

Attend a Public Meeting and speak out against Amendment 40
Posted on July 30, 2014

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has scheduled a series of public hearings over the next few weeks on a dangerous privatization scheme for Gulf red snapper (see full schedule below). Reef Fish Amendment 40 - Sector Separation proposes to separate charter/for-hire business from the recreational sector and give personalized allotments of red snapper to use as their own.

Comments on Alabama charter/for-hire exempted fishing permit application

Posted on July 17, 2014

Since catch share programs are expressly designed to reduce capacity, we are opposed to such programs in the recreational sector since they reduce access to red snapper.  In addition, it is very possible that for-hire operators who feel compelled by current circumstances to favor this course of action today could find themselves out of the fishery entirely within just a few years.

A Brave New World

Posted on July 14, 2014

Sportsmen's groups back state snapper solution

Posted on July 10, 2014

Court Upholds Florida's Net Ban

Posted on July 08, 2014

Today, Florida’s First District Court of Appeal issued an opinion upholding the net ban amendment…again.
CCA Florida once again led the charge to support the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
(FWC) regulations implementing the Constitutional Amendment that was passed by 72% of the voters in 1994.

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.

Pickets Plan Comes Together

Private/public effort launches artificial reefing project to save famed Louisiana trout hotspot
Posted on June 20, 2014

A $1.2 million plan to preserve habitat in the area known as the Pickets, often referred to as hallowed ground in Louisiana trout fishing circles, was unveiled this week by officials of Apache Corporation, Fieldwood Energy LLC, Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), and the State of Louisiana, in coordination with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). As soon as the energy structures and pilings are removed per federal requirements from Ship Shoal 26 sometime in July, this cooperative effort at the local level is set to deploy 15,000 tons of concrete rip-rap in three artificial reefs to maintain the summer-time hotspot for speckled trout and the anglers who pursue them out of Cocodrie and Dularge.

Curious developments at Gulf Council deserve investigation

Posted on June 19, 2014

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meets next week in Key West and expectations could hardly be lower for the recreational sector. For a management arena that is as big a mess as this one, that is really saying something. But one need look no further than a little-noticed event  that occurred at the April 2014 Council meeting for evidence that this is a system in need of some serious housecleaning.

Reefer Madness

Turning oil rigs into reefs saves money and marine life, yet many greens oppose it.
Posted on June 14, 2014

WHEN an offshore well stops producing oil, what should be done with the rig? One option is to haul it ashore, break it up and recycle it. This is expensive. For a big, deep-water oil or gas platform, it can cost $200m. Just hiring a derrick barge massive enough to do the job can cost $700,000 a day. But there is an alternative: simply leave most of the structure where it is. That is what you would expect a greedy oil firm to do: despoil the ocean just to save a lousy few million dollars. The surprise is, the cheap option may actually be greener.

Red Grouper: Another example of how NOT to manage a recreational fishery

Posted on May 23, 2014

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.

Federal management of Gulf red snapper grinds to historic low

Broken system produces 11-day season for recreational anglers
Posted on April 11, 2014

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA (4-11-2014) The impact of a recent federal district court ruling in favor of commercial red snapper fishermen and seafood packers was driven home this week as the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council set the 2014 recreational red snapper season at just 11 days, the shortest season in the fishery’s history under management.

Ruling against recreational angling confirms federal fisheries management system broken

Posted on March 28, 2014

CCA Comments on Amendment 28 - Red Snapper Reallocation

Posted on March 24, 2014

Everything you should know about red snapper reallocation!

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

Anglers applaud progress of red snapper reallocation

Gulf Council moves forward with amendment to modernize allocation
Posted on February 08, 2014

Amendment 40 - Anglers Get Dumped

Posted on January 15, 2014

CCA comments on Amendment 28 – Gulf Red Snapper Reallocation

Posted on December 09, 2013

It Is Indeed Time to Share the Gulf

Times Picayune Guest Editorial
Posted on November 11, 2013

Senator Vitter Moves Fisheries Allocation Policy to the Fore

Posted on October 31, 2013

Scam the Gulf

Posted on October 25, 2013

Senator Vitter draws line for red snapper allocation

Posted on October 25, 2013

Protein for America?

Posted on October 10, 2013

Early in October, news came that more than 130 chefs, restaurant owners, fishermen and seafood industry leaders had partnered with the Environmental Defense Fund to launch a new propaganda campaign called "Share the Gulf.” The goal of this benignly labeled effort is to maintain 51 percent of the red snapper harvest for commercial fishermen and 49 percent to recreational fishermen – an allocation that was set using harvest data from the mid-1980s.

Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus Leadership Introduces 2013 Sportsmen's Package

Posted on September 27, 2013

Bipartisan Members of Congress file solution to Gulf red snapper mess

Conservationists applaud legislation to let Gulf states manage red snapper
Posted on September 12, 2013

CCA Comments for Public Hearings on Amendment 39 – Regional Management of Red Snapper

Posted on August 06, 2013

CCA moves to intervene in red snapper lawsuit

CCA National Executive Board approves legal action
Posted on July 30, 2013

Catch share proponents attack recreational angling

Lawsuit seeks to restrict Gulf recreational red snapper anglers
Posted on July 11, 2013

Anglers applaud legislation to let states manage Gulf red snapper

Gulf Senators file Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Conservation Act of 2013
Posted on June 14, 2013

A unique opportunity for Gulf red snapper

New stock assessment a chance for Gulf Council to fix mistakes of the past
Posted on June 12, 2013

Legislation seeks to keep artificial reefs in the Gulf

Sen. Vitter files bill to streamline process, expand reefing areas for energy structures
Posted on May 31, 2013

CCA and CSF Cohost Breakfast Briefing on Saltwater Fisheries Management

Posted on April 24, 2013

An Awakening in the Gulf

Posted on April 19, 2013

Gulf governors call for state management of red snapper

Posted on April 16, 2013

Click HERE to read the full letter.

Red snapper crisis spawns new fish grab

Posted on April 12, 2013

States Vs. Feds – Not a Moment Too Soon

Posted on April 04, 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.
 

Federal government biggest threat to Gulf Red Snapper

Posted on March 01, 2013

If there’s one thing that the federal government has told Gulf fishermen for more than a decade, it’s that our most popular fish is in danger of overfishing. The government has even gone so far as to impose extreme catch restrictions that border on the absurd. That’s what makes a recent video showing the destruction of Red Snapper at the direction of the federal government all the more bizarre and infuriating.

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.

The Usual Suspects Strike Again

Posted on February 14, 2013

The surreal end of the February meeting of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council felt a lot like the ending to The Usual Suspects.

CCA Texas Makes Historic Contribution to Marine Science

CCA and Harte Research Institute Partner to Create Sportfishing Science Center
Posted on November 16, 2012

Houston, Texas – Coastal Conservation Association Texas recently pledged $500,000 toward the creation of a Sportfishing Research Center within the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

 

Perry Urges Gulf Council to abandon efforts to privatize fisheries

Posted on August 18, 2012

Congress weighs in on Gulf Council’s sector separation scheme

Sportsmen’s Caucus urges Council to step back from unpopular catch shares, sector separation
Posted on July 27, 2012

In another sign of discontent over federal management of the nation’s marine fisheries, co-chairmen of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) have sent a letter to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council expressing the concerns of its membership over the concepts of catch share programs and sector separation. The bipartisan CSC is one of the largest and most effective caucuses in the US Congress with more than 300 members representing almost all 50 states.

Twenty Congressmen join call for moratorium on rig removals

Efforts to save marine habitat gain support from across the country
Posted on July 26, 2012

A letter from the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar calling for a moratorium on rig removals due to the federal government’s Idle Iron policy will carry the signatures of 20 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, an impressive bi-partisan display of concern for marine habitat in the Gulf of Mexico.

Counting Fish: Gulf of Mexico Artificial Reef Survey

Posted on July 13, 2012

More than three thousand offshore oil and gas platforms currently stand in the Gulf of Mexico. Federal regulations have long required companies to remove everything from the sea once a well ceases production, and over the past several decades, hundreds of structures have been toppled into deep water or towed to shore to become scrap metal.

New hope for Gulf habitat restoration

Sportsmen applaud passage of RESTORE Act
Posted on June 29, 2012

Sportsmen’s groups are hailing final passage this week of the new federal transportation bill that contains key elements of the RESTORE Act which will direct 80 percent of Clean Water Act fines levied against parties responsible for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster to Gulf Coast resources and economies.

Florida Senators Join Call for Snapper Season Extension

Stretch of bad weather impacts already short Gulf red snapper season
Posted on June 29, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – A stubborn tropical system that impacted the eastern Gulf of Mexico for more than a week in late June put a significant dent in the shortest red snapper season on record and prompted Florida’s two U.S. Senators to write a letter to the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) requesting an extension to the season.

Rep. Palazzo calls for moratorium on rig removals

CCA applauds Mississippi congressman’s efforts to halt destruction of marine habitat
Posted on June 19, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – At a breakfast briefing hosted by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation this morning, Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.) presented the concerns of the recreational angling community over the Department of Interior’s controversial Idle Iron directive and closed by inviting fellow Congressmen to sign onto a letter requesting a moratorium on rig removals.

Economic studies make convincing case for reallocation

Mountain of evidence points to allocation increases for recreational anglers in the Gulf
Posted on June 18, 2012

With the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council set to review allocations for Gulf red snapper and grouper during its meeting this week in Tampa, Coastal Conservation Association has presented a summary of 19 studies going back to 2000 that show the economic benefits of shifting a greater portion of the allocation of these two species to the recreational sector. All of the studies, conducted by private, academic and government scientists, have been presented to the Gulf Council previously and the Council has chosen to take no affirmative action.

Rep. Farenthold steps up for Gulf anglers

CCA applauds Texas Congressman’s strong opposition to misguided Idle Iron directive
Posted on May 11, 2012

In the latest display of opposition to an unpopular federal directive, Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tx) is calling for the Department of Interior to reconsider its Idle Iron policy that stands to dismantle critical marine habitats in the Gulf of Mexico. The Idle Iron directive, issued by the Department in the immediate aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, orders non-producing oil and gas rigs and other structures in offshore waters to be removed within five years of the issuance of the directive.

A Devil’s Choice for the States

Posted on May 09, 2012

As the debate winds down on whether Gulf states will be consistent with federal regulations for the 2012 red snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico – 40-days (tops) and a two-fish bag limit – it once again brings the conversation around to what seems to be the best solution of all: “Why don’t we just extend state waters out to 30 miles or 100 miles or 200 miles for fisheries management and be done with it?”

Florida Senators Call for Review of Park Closures

Posted on April 30, 2012

In a letter to U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Florida’s bi-partisan U.S. Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio urge the National Park Service to reconsider the proposed General Management Plan (GMP) for Biscayne National Park and to work cooperatively with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to maintain public access for anglers and boaters.

Statement of Coastal Conservation Association on the Gulf Exempted Fishing Permit

Posted on April 25, 2012

Coastal Conservation Association rejects the validity of the EFP and questions the propriety of NOAA Fisheries allowing the proposal to be presented to the Council for consideration. By promoting the EFP, NOAA Fisheries has made a farce of every requirement contained in the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act for the implementation of catch share programs.

Gretna fisherman pleads guilty to illegal fishing and could face five years in prison

Posted on November 10, 2011

A Gretna fisherman has pleaded guilty in federal court to exceeding the legal limit for redfish on a trip last year, and could face five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Blake Mitchell, 26, admitted to allowing several Tennessee men to exceed the legal limit of five redfish per person while on a duck hunting and bowfishing trip in January 2010.

Seine-netting proposal for spotted sea trout causing concern for recreational anglers

Commercial anglers would be allowed to use the nets for spotted sea trout
Posted on November 05, 2011

Thousands of Florida anglers are shocked and growing angry as they learn of a late-stages proposal before the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission that would allow commercial fishermen to use seine nets (of up to 500 square feet) to collect spotted sea trout throughout state waters.

New trout rules proposed

Posted on November 02, 2011

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will meet Nov. 16-17 in Key Largo.

Red grouper catch quota increases after lower than predicted 2010 landings

Posted on October 31, 2011

After a 10-month reduction in allowable catch for red grouper in Gulf of Mexico federal waters, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service on Monday announced it will increase the quota by 1.2 million pounds. 

Seventy-eight fish tagged during Louisiana Saltwater Series Speckled Trout Tournament

Posted on October 26, 2011

Despite what Mother Nature had planned, 78 trout were caught and tagged during last weekend’s inaugural Louisiana Saltwater Series Fall Trout Tournament on Lake Pontchartrain, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced.

It's back to the drawing board on red snapper (editorial)

Posted on October 23, 2011

IT SHOULD be unsettling to the National Marine Fisheries Service that the red snapper data it has been using to regulate the Gulf’s most important commercial and recreational fishery are likely flawed.

After 20 years, Gulf Cook Off still brings exciting dishes to the table

Posted on October 22, 2011

When Tim Gothard, Executive Director of the Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF), stood in front of the crowd at the Gulf Coast Wild Game Cook-Off at the Bluegill on the Mobile Causeway and proudly announced the statewide cook-off concept was approaching 20 years, it reminded me of just how fortunate we are in Alabama.

Lawton Receives National Honor for Promoting Recreational Fishing

Posted on October 19, 2011

NEW ORLEANS - The American Sportfishing Association has awarded its prestigious Future of Fishing Award to Center for Coastal Conservation Founding Chairman Jack Lawton Jr. for his work nurturing and growing recreational fishing over the past three decades. ASA presented Lawton the award Oct. 14 at its annual conference in New Orleans.

Drought causing unusual aquatic behavior in bay

Posted on October 17, 2011

It's a little harder to fathom the impacts this record-setting, ongoing drought has had on Texas' coastal marine environment than it is to see how it has affected terrestrial life.

Feds underestimate snapper recovery, key scientist says

Posted on October 16, 2011

Research by Alabama scientists suggests that federal regulators may have underestimated the size of the red snapper population due to a longstanding reliance on flawed data collected from commercial fishermen.

Red tide enters Corpus Christi bay

Posted on October 13, 2011

COASTAL BEND — The toxic red tide bloom that has lingered in the gulf for at least two weeks has drifted into bay waters near Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Anglers catch big fish and bigger prizes at CCA tournament

Posted on October 12, 2011

As Aven Campos hooked another fish at Pine Gully Pier, the 10-year-old instantly knew there was something special on the other end of the line.

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.

NOAA report: Gulf shrimpers top killer of sea turtles in US in 2005

Posted on September 27, 2011

A new national report on commercial fishing bycatch released by NOAA Fisheries states that at least 11,772 sea turtles were seriously injured or killed by U.S. fisheries in 2005. And of all the fishing operations, Gulf of Mexico shrimpers had the worst bycatch ratio.

Trout released in Bay St. Louis

Posted on September 27, 2011

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX)-Speckled trout fishermen have something to smile about. That's because thousands of young trout were released into local waters Tuesday morning.

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.

Red Lobster, Publix back effort to replenish gulf grouper, red snapper stocks

Posted on September 22, 2011

Two of the biggest buyers and sellers of Florida seafood — Publix Super Markets and the parent of Red Lobster restaurants — are helping bankroll an initiative to revive red snapper and grouper fishing grounds in the Gulf of Mexico that have been severely stressed by overfishing.

Stop the Plan to Destroy Our Gulf’s Living Coral Reefs!

Posted on September 18, 2011

In an editorial a few years ago, I asked this question: Would anyone mind if the federal government ordered hundreds of coral reefs around the Florida Keys to be dynamited into rubble and hauled away?

Red Grouper Rising

An uptick in red grouper stocks pays dividends for Gulf Coast anglers inshore and off.
Posted on September 16, 2011

You’re hooked up, bent to the rails and seeing red! Red grouper, that is.

CCA applauds Louisiana senator for effort to avert rig removals

Posted on September 14, 2011

Coastal Conservation Association is applauding Sen. David Vitter (R-La) for legislation filed today that will prevent rigs and other structures from being summarily removed from the Gulf of Mexico.

CCA steps in to complete Bayou Cour Reef in Alabama

Project will be largest inshore permitted reef in Alabama
Posted on August 29, 2011

MOBILE, AL – CCA Alabama and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Marine Resources Division, have announced a partnership to complete the massive Bayou Cour Reef in Bon Secour Bay. The Bayou Cour Reef is a proposed 34-acre reef located about one mile north of the Intracoastal Waterway in the Bon Secour Bay arm of Mobile Bay.

Sector Separation--It's OK to Throw Bad Ideas Away

Posted on July 21, 2011

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Major expansion of Port Mansfield reef underway

CCA Texas joins effort to expand fishing opportunities at existing reef
Posted on July 20, 2011

PORT MANSFIELD, TEXAS – Recreational fishermen in the nearshore waters off the coast of Port Mansfield will have almost five times the amount of habitat to fish within eight miles of the Port Mansfield Jetties after a major infusion of hard structure this week.

Sportsman Channel Presents $50,000 to CCA at ICAST to Support Gulf Region Recovery Efforts

Funds Will Go into Sportsman Fund Created with CCA in 2010
Posted on July 14, 2011

New Berlin, Wis. (July 15, 2011) – Sportsman Channel, the leader in outdoor TV for the American Sportsman, presented a $50,000 check to Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) President Pat Murray at the ICAST Show in Las Vegas. 

Independence Island Reef construction set to begin

Partnership between CCA, LDWF, Shell and the Candies Family makes project a reality
Posted on May 24, 2011

Coastal Conservation Association is set to begin construction on an island reef near Grand Isle that is expected to boost recreational fishing in an area damaged by erosion. Despite recent heavy winds and high water, CCA has all the pieces in place to begin construction on the 4-acre, $500,000 Independence Island Reef.

CCA habitat program targets Texas mid-coast

Latest reefing effort brings partners together to create near-shore reef fish habitat
Posted on March 03, 2011

Coastal Conservation Association has announced plans for a $100,000 reef project off the Texas mid-coast, funded by CCA Texas, CCA National’s Building Conservation Habitat Program, Shell, Shimano and Frabill, in partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Artificial Reef Program. This latest step in CCA’s reefing program will bring valuable reef fish habitat and angling opportunities in the heart of the Texas coast at a time when it is needed most.

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.

Governor Jindal, CCA & Shell Announce New Partnership to Benefit Louisiana’s Coast

Posted on December 14, 2010

BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal joined the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) and Shell Oil Company to announce a new public-private partnership – between the recreational angling community, private businesses and the state – to assist in CCA’s ongoing Building Conservation Habitat Program. Shell has committed 1.5 million dollars to CCA’s Building Conservation Habitat Program.

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.

Help Protect Gulf Marine Habitat--Support S.1555/H.R. 3429

Posted on October 14, 2010

Send a message to your members of Congress today urging them to support legislation to protect marine habitat and leave unused oil and gas structures in the Gulf of Mexico as artificial reefs.

Walther Named Hero of Conservation Award Finalist

Field & Stream honors CCA volunteer for work leading Louisiana artificial reef program
Posted on September 20, 2010

CCA’s John Walther has been named one of the six finalists for Field & Stream’s 2010 Heroes of Conservation award designed to recognize sportsmen dedicated to the protection of fish and wildlife habitat.

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.

Vancouver Reef expansion splashes down

CCA Texas partners with state to add 250 tons of material to reef off Freeport
Posted on August 18, 2010

HOUSTON, TX – Texas anglers now have more fishing room at Vancouver Reef after more than 250 tons of concrete and granite reefing material were added to the popular fishing site this week through a cooperative effort of CCA Texas and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). The addition of the material marks the single largest addition to the reef since the original Liberty ship was sunk at the site off Freeport in 1976.

Governor Jindal Says Go Fish!

Posted on August 06, 2010

Saltwater recreational fishing reopened in the vast majority of Louisiana’s state waters three weeks ago, and it’s time for anglers to return to the water with their families and friends, according to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. The governor joined several representatives of the recreational fishing community on a fishing trip Wednesday, July 28 in the Gulf of Mexico south of Houma, Louisiana, catching a variety of popular sport fish.

Mapping a Road to Recovery

Habitat restoration focus of CCA presentation to Senate Democrats
Posted on June 24, 2010

CCA meeting with Senate Democrats emphasizes need for habitat restoration.

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 outlines plans for oil spill recovery in meeting with Sen. Richard Shelby

Meeting with Sen. Richard Shelby seeks support for habitat restoration, hatchery
Posted on June 21, 2010

In a meeting with U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), Coastal Conservation Association Alabama called on BP and the federal government to support plans for habitat restoration and construction of a saltwater fish hatchery/research center to reverse damages to Gulf marine resources as quickly as possible.

Conservationists prepare for oil spill response

CCA Gulf State chapters standing by to lend assistance in cleanup efforts
Posted on April 30, 2010

In response to the tragic rig explosion and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Coastal Conservation Association chapters along the Gulf Coast have offered assistance to state agencies as they enact plans for clean-up efforts.

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 to NOAA Fisheries Service Opposing Haugen Exempted Fishing Permit

Posted on March 08, 2010

Coastal Conservation Association believes the enforcement issue alone should be a permanent deterrent to the reintroduction of any fish trap gear in the Gulf of Mexico and urges NOAA Fisheries Service to reject this application for an exempted fishing permit.

CCA Mourns Passing of Walter Fondren

Visionary conservationist helped change the way marine resources are managed
Posted on February 01, 2010

The conservation community lost one of its true visionaries with the passing of Coastal Conservation Association founder Walter W. Fondren III last week in Houston.

CCA Comments on Draft EIS for Amendment 31 to the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Fishery Management Plan

Posted on December 26, 2009

The Coastal Conservation Association, representing more than 80,000 members in state chapters along the Gulf Coast, has been concerned over the use of bottom longline gear in the commercial Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish fishery for well over a decade. 

CCA Benefits from KBR Master of the Green Tournament

Posted on November 24, 2009

Coastal Conservation Association is proud to again be one of the beneficiaries of the third Master of the Green Charity Golf Tournament, an annual event organized by KBR to support educational, environmental and health organizations. 

Letter from the Gulf Governors to Secretary Locke

Posted on October 22, 2009

CCA Files Lawsuit to Stop Gulf Grouper Giveaway

“Fundamentally flawed” catch share program a threat to angling
Posted on September 08, 2009

New red snapper study offers signs of hope

Research indicates red snapper stocks may be in better shape than previously thought.
Posted on February 25, 2009

A new study by Dr. Bob Shipp, head of marine sciences at the University of South Alabama, and Dr. Steve Bortone, the new executive director of the Gulf Council, suggests that red snapper stocks in the Gulf of Mexico are far from decimated. 

Short-term gain, long-term loss

Gulf Council tackles longlines, but fumbles future of grouper fishery.
Posted on February 02, 2009

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council engaged in buffet-style fisheries management at its latest meeting in Mississippi, picking and choosing data to plot a dubious course of action for the Gulf grouper fishery.

Study reveals economic reality for Gulf grouper

CCA-funded study shows value of 100 percent recreational allocation.
Posted on January 28, 2009

In an important development in the debate over the proper management of gag and red grouper in the Gulf of Mexico, a newly released economic study of the fishery finds that a 100 percent allocation to the recreational sector would yield maximum economic value to society.

CCA Calls for Denial of Longline Permits

Longliners seek extension and expansion of permits to fish in conservation zones.
Posted on December 18, 2008

Alarmed at the growing prospect of “longline creep,” conservationists are calling on the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to deny a request to extend and expand Exempted Fishing Permits issued in 2008 that cracked open the door for the commercial longline industry to fish in conservation zones created in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. 

Alabama closes door on open-loop LNG facility

Posted on October 14, 2008

MONTGOMERY, AL – Plans for an open-loop liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility 63 miles south of Mobile were shelved by TORP Technologies last week when Gov. Bob Riley voiced concerns that the possible benefits of the plant did not outweigh the risks to the state’s coastal environment. 

Recreational Fishery Hijacked

Gulf Council considers plan to reward commercial sector for overfishing amberjack
Posted on September 10, 2007

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has declared that Gulf greater amberjack are overfished and is considering increasing the commercial share of the fishery and reducing the recreational bag limit to one fish for every two anglers aboard a vessel. The recreational restrictions are being considered despite the fact that unchecked commercial overfishing since 1990 is the primary cause of problems in the fishery.

CCA Kicks Off Next Phase in Red Snapper Recovery

CCA-funded study will examine effectiveness of recreational catch-and-release practices
Posted on June 27, 2007

HOUSTON, TX – Less than a month after winning a precedent-setting victory to reduce the impact of shrimp trawl bycatch on Gulf red snapper stocks, Coastal Conservation Association has funded the next step in its ongoing strategy for the conservation of the fishery. CCA Texas approved a request to fund a study at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute to assess the catch-and-release mortality of recreationally caught red snapper and to develop best practices for handling and proper release.

CCA Testimony on TORP Open Loop LNG Terminal

Posted on June 15, 2006

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.  

CCA Alabama Call to Action

Gov. Riley Stands by Commitment to Conservation
Posted on June 09, 2006

MONTGOMERY, AL – As the clock ticked down on a permit sought by ConocoPhillips to operate an open-loop liquefied natural gas terminal 11 miles south of Dauphin Island, Gov. Bob Riley remained firm on his pledge to protect the marine resources of the Gulf of Mexico. The result was the withdrawal of the permit application and a victory for conservation.

CCA Position on LNG Facilities

Posted on April 01, 2006

Coastal Conservation Association strongly opposes open-loop liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals and favors closed-loop systems. 

CCA Testimony on Proposed Main Pass Open-Loop LNG Terminal

Posted on March 01, 2006

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.

CCA Testimony on Proposed Beacon Port Open-Loop LNG Terminal

Posted on March 01, 2006

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.

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