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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...

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Federal insistence on catch shares for headboats outrages anglers

NOAA ignores overwhelming opposition, proceeds with controversial program
Posted on May 23, 2011

In spite of opposition from governors, Congress and the vast majority of recreational anglers, NOAA Fisheries has unveiled a proposal for the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to take red snapper from the private boat angling sector and give them away in a catch share program. This latest affront to anglers is outlined as an item on the Gulf Council’s June agenda calling for a closed-door session to appoint an advisory panel to make recommendations on a new headboat Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) program.

Bycatch reduction regulations working in the Gulf

Snapper and shrimp booming in the Gulf
Posted on November 12, 2010

A report to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council on shrimp trawl effort at the Council’s meeting in October indicates that a variety of factors are combining to create the best of all worlds for anglers and the Gulf. The analysis indicates that while shrimping effort is down 78 percent from the three-year average before Hurricane Katrina, the spawning stock for brown and white shrimp is the highest ever and the shrimp industry as a whole had a very profitable year last year.

Letter from the Gulf Governors to Secretary Locke

Posted on October 22, 2009

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.