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Runaway MPAs?

Posted on May 13, 2014

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are management tools that limit or eliminate fishing from a particular area. On paper, they are portrayed as sanctuaries that protect critical habitats from degradation, or fish from harvest, and allow populations to recover and move out into unprotected areas where they may be harvested. On the water, the science on how effective MPAs are is incomplete, at best, and MPAs are such a drastic measure that they should be regarded as the tool of last resort for fishery managers.

Catch shares schemes rise from the dead in South Atlantic

Outlandish catch share proposal draws heated opposition from anglers
Posted on March 09, 2012

A request by a commercial fishing group for a “voluntary” catch share program in the South Atlantic snapper-grouper fishery raised hackles at the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council meeting this week. Aside from concerns about the legality of the concept and outrage over the details of the proposal, recreational anglers are questioning why the Council continues to explore catch share programs a year after it voted to terminate all work related to catch share development. 

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. 

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.