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Commissioners go to bat for frustrated Louisiana Anglers

Unanimous resolution ensures that Louisiana will keep fighting the good fight against flawed federal management
Posted on April 08, 2016

Alabama fishery managers get vote of confidence

Conservation Advisory Board passes resolution supporting state management of red snapper fishery
Posted on February 25, 2016

State fishery managers got a resounding endorsement last weekend when the Alabama Conservation Advisory Board adopted a resolution in support of shifting management of the red snapper fishery in state and federal waters off Alabama’s Gulf Coast to the Marine Resources Division (MRD) of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Sen. Shelby champions recreational anglers

Alabama senator proposes significant fixes for Gulf red snapper mess
Posted on December 16, 2015

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) made clear in June that he intended to level the playing field for recreational anglers in the Gulf of Mexico by inserting several provisions dealing specifically with red snapper into the  Fiscal Year 2016 appropriations bill. With introduction of the Congressional Omnibus Appropriations bill today, Sen. Shelby strengthened his commitment to fight for anglers with specific language on state boundaries as well as red snapper allocation and stock assessments.

United threat faces recreational angling

Environmental group, charter/for-hire, commercial harvesters join forces to oppose CCA lawsuit
Posted on September 22, 2015

Coastal Conservation Association’s stand against Amendment 40 has now drawn formal opposition from all the groups actively promoting privatization of public marine resources in the Gulf of Mexico. The Charter Fishermen’s Association formally intervened on behalf of the federal government’s highly controversial plan for Gulf red snapper in May and in recent weeks both the Environmental Defense Fund and the Shareholder Rights Alliance have filed Amicus Briefs in support of the federal government.

Federal mismanagement of red snapper draws attention of Congress

Sen. Shelby seeks much-needed relief for recreational anglers
Posted on June 15, 2015

In an unprecedented display of engagement, Congress is making its displeasure known over the current course of federal management of Gulf red snapper by directly addressing it in a number of recent pieces of legislation in both the U.S. House and Senate. Last week, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS), announced full committee passage of the Fiscal Year 2016 CJS appropriations bill which contains provisions dealing specifically with red snapper, including allocation, state boundaries and stock assessments.

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...

CCA Comments on Amendment 40 DEIS

Posted on October 14, 2014

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Anglers applaud states’ stance on snapper management

Florida, Louisiana, Texas urge Gulf Council to back away from Sector Separation
Posted on October 08, 2014

The state wildlife management commissions of Florida, Louisiana and Texas have delivered a clear message to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to slow down the rush to divide the recreational sector and further exclude private boat recreational anglers from the red snapper fishery. In a series of letters to the Gulf Council, each state voiced concern that Amendment 40 – Sector Separation is overly divisive and will do little to solve the fundamental management problems in the fishery.

Red Snapper Fishery - A Legislator's Case for State Management

Posted on August 20, 2014

As an avid Mississippi Gulf Coast recreational angler, I'm dismayed that we've allowed red snapper management in the Gulf of Mexico to become so convoluted and polarized. Amendment 40, also known as "sector separation," currently before the Gulf Council seeks to drive a wedge between the charter/for-hire and private recreational angler as a solution to the inept federal management of red snapper. Mississippi is the perfect example of where, as the fish get bigger and the quota is reached more quickly, we have fewer days to fish. With virtually no red snapper reefs within Mississippi state waters, our recreational anglers are slowly being squeezed out of the fishery with ridiculously short federal seasons. However, the best solution the Gulf Council can come up with for recreational anglers is to squeeze even more anglers out of the fishery with sector separation? I think not - we can do better than that.

Sportsmen's groups back state snapper solution

Posted on July 10, 2014

Ruling against recreational angling confirms federal fisheries management system broken

Posted on March 28, 2014

Anglers applaud progress of red snapper reallocation

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

CCA comments on Amendment 28 – Gulf Red Snapper Reallocation

Posted on December 09, 2013

Scam the Gulf

Posted on October 25, 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

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

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.

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.

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.

If this is success, what does failure look like?

Posted on February 03, 2012

As hard as it might be to believe, management of the Gulf red snapper fishery reached a new level of frustration this week. At its meeting in Mobile, the Gulf Council announced that the overall quota of red snapper harvest will be increased, but the 2012 season will likely be the shortest ever, perhaps no more than 40 days. Why?

CCA rejects Gulf Council advisory panel recommendations

Panel continues to push recreational-based catch share agenda
Posted on October 27, 2011

In a letter to the chairman of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, Coastal Conservation Association is asking the Council to reject the recommendations of the Limited Access Privilege Program Advisory Panel (LAPP AP) and abandon consideration of sector separation and catch share experiments in Gulf reef fish fisheries.

Court Ruling Confirms Rule of Science

Lawsuit challenging snapper/grouper data upholds concept of best available science for fisheries management.
Posted on December 23, 2008

WASHINGTON DC – A recent United States Court of Appeals ruling rejected arguments by the commercial fishing industry to overturn regulations designed to end overfishing of snowy grouper and other deep-water species, confirming again that the best available science provides the only viable basis for management of the nation’s marine resources.

Federal Judge: Fisheries Service has failed red snapper

Posted on March 13, 2007

HOUSTON, TX – In a stunning repudiation of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s rebuilding plan for red snapper, a federal judge ruled yesterday that NMFS violated the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act by its continuing failure to take timely and appropriate steps to rebuild red snapper stocks in the Gulf of Mexico or to regulate the harm to red snapper caused by shrimp fishing.

Red Snapper: A Federal Fisheries Management Failure

Gulf red snapper fishery faces strict regulation at the hand of National Marine Fisheries Service
Posted on January 31, 2007

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has announced drastic regulation changes for Gulf red snapper that will have profound impacts on recreational anglers, charterboat operators, commercial fishermen and the shrimp industry. After years of mismanagement, federal fisheries managers paint a grim picture for the future of this fishery.