Gulf of Mexico Fisheries

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. Dr. Russell Nelson serves as the CCA Gulf Fisheries Director for the committee.
 

Articles about Gulf of Mexico Fisheries

From the Head: Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017

Posted on June 22, 2017

Senate Commerce Committee Advances Billfish Conservation Act

Posted on May 19, 2017

Fisheries Economic Picture Comes into Focus

Recreational fisheries generate far more economic activity with less impact on marine resources. So why are we still treated as an after-thought by NOAA Fisheries?
Posted on May 18, 2017

Hearing reviews progress on rigs-to-reef program

Increased reefing of offshore energy platforms critical to Gulf habitat
Posted on May 11, 2017

The House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on May 17 entitled “Reviewing Recent State Successes with the Rigs to Reefs Program” that examined how well such programs are working to allow energy companies to transform outdated structures into valuable marine habitat. Among those invited to present on various aspects of the program was Dr. Greg Stunz, Endowed Chair, Fisheries and Ocean Health, Director, Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation, and Professor of Marine Biology Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies.

CCA testifies before Congress on red snapper fiasco

Three-day season in 2017 marks new low in federal management of popular fishery
Posted on May 02, 2017

Shaking Things Up

Posted on April 26, 2017

NOAA Turns a Blind Eye

How manipulation and corruption are making a mockery of federal fisheries management
Posted on March 07, 2017

This question often comes up in discussions about the federal fisheries management process: Why are people who profit from the harvest and sale of America’s marine resources allowed to sit on management bodies that make regulations governing those resources?

CCA Commends Congressman Graves’ efforts on behalf of recreational anglers

Louisiana representative takes on corrupt federal fisheries privatization program
Posted on February 10, 2017

Already well-known for his leadership on legislation to move management of the troubled Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery to the states, Louisiana Congressman Garret Graves is now playing a leading role in an unflinching critique of the federal government’s efforts to privatize Gulf fisheries for a select few commercial harvesters in a five-part investigative series by Fox8/New Orleans.

Anglers Call on Trump to Deliver

The recreational fishing industry hopes for sea change from new administration
Posted on January 27, 2017

Time to Realign Federal Fisheries Management

King mackerel “sharing” plan latest example of need for overhaul
Posted on January 10, 2017

The waters of the Gulf of Mexico managed by the federal government are becoming an even more unfriendly place for recreational anglers.

Old Dog, Same Tricks - When it comes to fisheries economics, NMFS just won’t learn.

Posted on October 27, 2016

How a 'rogue' environmental group transformed American fisheries | By Ben Raines, AL.com

Posted on October 07, 2016

Best Practices for the Safe Release of your Fish

Posted on June 24, 2016

House Natural Resource Committee Advances Solution for Gulf Red Snapper

Posted on June 16, 2016

Coalition letter to House Committee in support of HR 3094

Posted on June 14, 2016

CCA Louisiana, Partners Build First Phase of West End Reef

Posted on June 01, 2016

Thank you to the current co-sponsors of HR 3094, the Gulf States Red Snapper Management Authority Act

Posted on May 23, 2016

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

Red drum bycatch bills fail

Menhaden harvesters blocked in attempt to keep red drum, but industry bycatch remains secret
Posted on February 26, 2016

Two bills that proposed to allow the industrial menhaden fishery to retain mature red drum killed as bycatch failed to make it out of committee at the Mississippi Legislature this week, much to the relief of conservationists who worked to ensure the bills’ demise.

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.

CCA Final Comments on Amendment 28

Failed reallocation amendment comes to a disappointing close
Posted on February 19, 2016

States have remedy for red snapper mess

Posted on December 04, 2015

Henry Ford once said, “Don’t find fault; find a remedy.”

While it is easy to blame the rapid decline in recreational fishing opportunities for red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico on federal mismanagement, Nick Wiley, director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, and the other four Gulf states marine fisheries directors have agreed on a simple, proven remedy for the red snapper management debacle in the Gulf of Mexico – let the states manage it.

The Five Best Reasons To Pass The Gulf States' Plan

Posted on November 23, 2015

There are plenty of good arguments why Washington ought to let the Gulf of Mexico states assume management of the red snapper fishery beyond their own state waters. Yet five of the most persuasive reasons seem to have been missed in all the testimony and written comment about the proposal.

More privatization schemes on tap for Gulf red snapper fishery

Posted on October 14, 2015

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.

Amendment 28 Fact Sheet

Red Snapper Reallocation
Posted on August 13, 2015

Final vote on red snapper allocation scheduled for August

Anglers have last chance to comment on much-delayed Council decision
Posted on July 09, 2015

Answer to Red Snapper Issue Already Exists

Posted on June 23, 2015

I recently read an editorial that suggested recreational anglers should look to the North American Wildlife Conservation Model (North American Model) for answers to the red snapper management debacle in the Gulf of Mexico. While I'm grateful to see this highly successful and epochal model referenced in this unfortunately contentious debate over one of the South's most iconic saltwater fish species, it became clear that the author, and probably most Americans, are not familiar with the "model" he referenced. Ironically, suggesting recreational anglers look to this model is perhaps the best argument yet for state-based management of our nation's red snapper fishery, as well as all of our important marine recreational fisheries. States, in cooperation and with the support of recreational anglers and the sport fishing industry, have used this model to successfully manage our nation's inland fish and wildlife resources for the benefit of all American's for the last century.

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.

Center for Coastal Conservation Praises Scott, Graves

A real victory for recreational fishing -- and the jobs recreational fishing creates.
Posted on June 04, 2015

The Pickets Reborn

Cooperative habitat effort saves an iconic Louisiana fishing spot.
Posted on June 01, 2015

Capt. Ricky Brondum had the look of a man heading to a funeral rather than one who was guiding a fishing trip on a surprisingly mild mid-August day in 2014.

Letter to Gulf Governors from Bass Pro Shop CEO

Posted on April 29, 2015

Not another flawed federal experiment

Posted on April 28, 2015

The comment period has closed on the State of Mississippi’s application for an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) to allow its for-hire fleet to harvest 30,000 pounds of breeder-sized red drum over the next two years. Thousands of comments in opposition were sent by CCA members and yet it would be no surprise if NOAA Fisheries ends up approving the permit. NOAA has the sole authority to approve or deny permits like this, and NOAA rarely meets an Exempted Fishing Permit it doesn’t like. That is why CCA and other groups are promoting revisions to federal law that require more strict scientific oversight of these applications, which are often cloaked in the guise of “scientific research” but ultimately only serve to promote the welfare of one special interest group or another.

CCA files lawsuit to stop sector separation

Legal challenge follows Commerce approval of controversial red snapper management scheme
Posted on April 22, 2015

Coastal Conservation Association announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against implementation of Amendment 40 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico. Also known as “sector separation,” the amendment is a highly controversial management plan for red snapper that takes a significant percentage of the recreational quota and reserves it solely for use by the charter/for-hire industry.

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.

Feds Set Sights on Red Drum

Exempted Fishing Permit targeting breeder red drum sets stage for fish grab
Posted on April 14, 2015

The federal government's management of Gulf fisheries has created some of the most chaotic, dysfunctional and unsatisfactory fisheries in the country, and now it seems that the agency is set on bringing that same experience to our red drum fishery in the Gulf of Mexico.
 

Red snapper are mismanaged by feds

Posted on April 10, 2015

It is difficult to understand why anyone would willingly wade into one of the most difficult fishery management issues in the entire country, much less volunteer for the monumental responsibility of rebooting the whole deal. However, the fisheries directors of all five Gulf states recently offered a plan to assume management of Gulf of Mexico red snapper from the federal government with the belief that they can set it on a more sensible course.

National Marine Manufacturers support of state-based red snapper management

Posted on April 01, 2015

American Sportfishing Association board letter in support of state fisheries directors

Posted on April 01, 2015

Coalition Letter to State Governors on Red Snapper

Posted on March 20, 2015

The undersigned organizations and companies are representatives of the vast saltwater
recreational angling community that generates more than $70 billion in economic activity
across the nation. Our hundreds of thousands of members and customers have been the
driving force behind significant conservation victories and marine habitat programs in your
state, and in every coastal state, for decades. In countless ways, these anglers have steadfastly
supported the advancement of marine science and enhanced the capabilities of wildlife law
enforcement agencies. Their sportsmen’s ethic of stewardship and financial support through
license dollars and excise taxes are the very foundation that makes the U.S. model of wildlife
management unique and envied throughout the world.

Gulf States Unveil Solution to Red Snapper Management

Sportfishing and boating community welcomes state-based management approach
Posted on March 13, 2015

Supreme Court Upholds Florida's Net Ban

Gillnetters seeking to overturn constitutional amendment denied. Again.
Posted on February 18, 2015

The Supreme Court of Florida has denied a petition by the Wakulla Fishermen’s Association and upheld the state’s net ban amendment that was approved by 72 percent of voters in 1994. The ruling puts an end to the latest challenge brought by gillnetters who won a sympathetic circuit court ruling in 2013 that allowed them to briefly reintroduce destructive gill nets into Florida waters. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, with the support of CCA Florida, challenged that initial court ruling immediately and has worked tirelessly ever since to defend the net ban to the state’s highest court.

Artificial Reef at the “Pickets” underway

CCA Louisiana and partners launch artificial reefing project to save famed Louisiana trout hotspot
Posted on October 22, 2014

The Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana, along with partners, Apache Corporation, Fieldwood Energy and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, began construction Tuesday on an artificial reef system in Ship Shoal 26, known by many Louisiana anglers as “the Pickets.”   

 

CCA Comments on Amendment 40 DEIS

Posted on October 14, 2014

CLICK HERE to read comments.

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.

CCA Comments on Amendment 40

Posted on August 21, 2014

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Senator Vitter Moves Fisheries Allocation Policy to the Fore

Posted on October 31, 2013

Scam the Gulf

Posted on October 25, 2013

CCA moves to intervene in red snapper lawsuit

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

Policy shift favors artificial reefing

Federal agency clears important hurdles to increased reefing of offshore energy platforms
Posted on June 27, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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 Testimony on Sector Separation to Gulf Council

Posted on August 18, 2011

The primary concern that CCA has with sector separation is that taking fish from private boat anglers does not seem to provide any benefit for recreational anglers, the states, or for state budgets. I'd like to stress that we have no quarrel with the charter/for-hire sector - we see them as our partners and allies in recreational angling. We are concerned about pitting one group of anglers against another. We don't want to stand here and fight the charter/for-hire guys for days on the water down the road.

Gov. Jindal Unveils "Louisiana Plan" for Restoring Damaged Coastal Areas, Fisheries and Oyster Seed Grounds from Oil Spill

Posted on July 11, 2011

Today, Governor Bobby Jindal unveiled the “Louisiana Plan” to start restoring the state’s coastal areas, fisheries and oyster seed grounds from the devastating impact of the BP oil spill. The state will be submitting a list of projects to BP, the Department of Interior and NOAA, and the funding will come from a $1 billion agreement announced in April 2011 for early restoration of damaged natural resources resulting from the oil spill.

CCA Comments on Black Grouper Allocation

Posted on May 31, 2011

Coastal Conservation Association objects to the measure included in the proposed Generic Annual Catch Limit/Accountability Measures Amendment that purports to establish commercial and recreational allocations for black grouper. 

CCA Comments on Amendment 32 and the Generic ACL/AM Amendment

Posted on May 26, 2011

CCA believes that the comment process for Amendment 32 and the ACL/AM Amendment was seriously flawed. We understand the legal requirements that are at work and are forcing the Council to operate this way to meet looming deadlines. 

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.

Anglers demand reallocation after NOAA Fisheries announces shortest red snapper season ever

Gulf red snapper saga continues
Posted on April 29, 2011

The long history of upside-down federal management of Gulf red snapper continued this week with NOAA Fisheries announcing more good news about the health of the fishery contrasted against the shortest recreational season on record: just 48 days. Coastal Conservation Association has warned that such absurd measures are inevitable until the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council conducts a reallocation of the fishery based on modern criteria.

Governors Go to Bat for Longer Red Snapper Season

CCA applauds efforts on behalf of recreational anglers
Posted on April 14, 2011

Red snapper season in the Gulf is just around the corner, and if Gov. Rick Perry and other Gulf state governors have their way, it will be a bit longer than anyone expected. In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon spill last summer, the recreational angling sector fell short of catching its quota of red snapper by almost one-third. Gov. Perry, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott have all presented letters to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council urging that more than one million pounds of red snapper uncaught in 2010 be added to the 2011 season.

Despite CCA opposition, advisory panel takes step toward catch shares

Posted on April 07, 2011

“The days-at-sea program is being sold as a benefit for conservation, data collection and management, but all of those things can be achieved by means other than catch shares and sector separation,” said Bird. “Additionally, the Council could help the entire recreational sector and not just the charter and headboat operators by reallocating the red snapper fishery properly in the first place...”

CCA Texas announces new artificial reef off Port Mansfield

4,000 concrete culverts set to go in nearshore waters this summer
Posted on March 31, 2011

The CCA Texas Habitat Today for Fish Tomorrow (HTFT) program continues to pursue its aggressive goal to develop reefing projects in state waters all along the coast and has announced plans to drop 4,000 concrete culverts in a designated 160-acre reefing site off Port Mansfield this summer. 

CCA Comments on Proposed Rule to Increase the Red Snapper Quotas in the Gulf of Mexico

Posted on March 24, 2011

Reallocation of this fishery should be pursued as a priority to achieving the greatest benefit to the country. In the meantime, with an eye toward continued increases in total allowable catch, CCA strongly encourages the Council to hold the commercial sector harvest at its current level and immediately direct any increases in overall harvest to the recreational sector. We believe that it is the responsibility of federal fisheries managers to conserve these resources for all the people of this nation and manage them in a manner that maximizes the benefits to the nation. We look forward to a future where the recovering red snapper stock is made much more accessible to the recreational fishing community in the Gulf of Mexico.

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.

Gulf Council begins to act on call for reallocation

CCA's call for reallocation could provide much-needed relief for recreational anglers
Posted on February 11, 2011

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has taken a long-awaited first step toward addressing outdated allocations between the commercial and recreational sectors in the grouper and red snapper fisheries. During its meeting this week in Gulfport, the Council voted to begin an amendment on grouper allocations, and to review red snapper allocations and transferability options at its next meeting in April.

Anglers concerned over Gulf rig removals

Posted on February 09, 2011

STATEMENT OF COASTAL CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION AT THE FEBRUARY 2011 MEETING OF THE GULF OF MEXICO FISHERY MANAGEMENT COUNCIL:

The oil and gas production rigs and structures of the Gulf of Mexico are generally regarded as one of the largest man-made artificial reef in the world, providing habitat to dozens of species of finfish and other marine life, many of which are highly structure dependent.  After years in the marine environment, the structures support a significant and important biomass.  

Gulf Council Focuses on Sector Separation

Posted on February 09, 2011

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is meeting in Mississippi this week and the issue of sector separation is again in the spotlight as the Sustainable Fisheries/Ecosystems Committee voted to remove it from the Annual Catch Limit/Accountability Measure Amendment and re-frame it either as a stand-alone issue or attached to another amendment.

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.

CCA calls for halt on gag grouper rules

Errors in stock assessment cast doubt on need for total recreational closure
Posted on December 02, 2010

Coastal Conservation Association is calling on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to halt implementation of a temporary rule closing the recreational gag grouper fishery in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico until significant errors discovered in the stock assessment have been corrected. The six-month closure, announced by NOAA this week, is set to go into effect January 1, 2011.

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.

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.

Gag grouper rules leave anglers at a loss

Another federal fishery illustrates need for shift in allocation, management philosophy
Posted on September 10, 2010

HOUSTON, TX – Recreational anglers will find themselves in a familiar situation in another federal fishery when an interim rule set to go into effect in January will completely close the Gulf recreational fishery for gag grouper, yet still allow commercial boats to land and sell gags.

CCA statement on extended red snapper season

Statement on Proposed Emergency Action to Authorize the Re-opening of the Recreational Red Snapper Season in the Gulf of Mexico
Posted on August 31, 2010

Coastal Conservation Association more than 80,000 members in state chapters along the Gulf Coast and has been an active participant in the federal management of red snapper for more than 20 years. The current situation is unique in the history of this fishery and we would like to commend the Council for taking a pragmatic approach to these unique circumstances.

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.

Gulf anglers finally catch a break

Fall red snapper season starts to take shape
Posted on August 24, 2010

HOUSTON, TX – A fall red snapper season is in the works thanks to a vote of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council at its meeting last week in Florida. The extension is designed to give recreational anglers who might have missed out on the 53-day season due to closures associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill a chance to fish.

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.

Gulf Council clears way for extension of red snapper season

Emergency rule gives option for longer season if quota not taken due to oil spill
Posted on June 17, 2010

GULFPORT, MS - In response to a request from Coastal Conservation Association, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has approved an emergency rule that paves the way for the recreational red snapper season to remain open past July 24 if the quota is not taken due to the oil spill. Dr. Russell Nelson, CCA’s Gulf Fisheries Director, made the request for the impact of the oil spill to be taken into account during the Council’s meeting this week in Gulfport, Mississippi.

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.

Reallocation is the Answer

Anglers left holding the bag with shortest red snapper season on record
Posted on April 26, 2010

NOAA Fisheries announced a perplexing paradox today that speaks to the flaws in the federal fisheries management system. In the release, NOAA Fisheries declared both an increase in the overall total allowable catch of Gulf red snapper in 2010 and the shortest recreational red snapper season on record, at the same time.

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 on Proposed Gulf Red Snapper Management Measures

Posted on April 14, 2010

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.

Council action on Gulf red snapper signals need for reallocation

Shortened recreational season brings allocation issue to the forefront
Posted on February 10, 2010

Recreational anglers were cheered earlier this year by news that after decades of federal management, culminating with a two-fish bag limit and a 74-day season in 2009, scientists suddenly announced that the Gulf red snapper stock is no longer undergoing overfishing, which is a significant step on the road to recovery.

Fish trap proposal rejected by Gulf Council

Unanimous vote ends misguided effort to reintroduce destructive gear
Posted on February 04, 2010

Like a bad penny, a proposal to re-introduce fish traps as an alternative to longline gear in the Gulf grouper fishery turned up before the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council in December, outraging conservationists and fisheries management veterans who had fought to banish the destructive gear from the Gulf back in the 1990s. 

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 the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Gag/Red Grouper Amendment Scoping Document (Reef Fish Amendment 32)

Posted on January 11, 2010

Coastal Conservation Association Comment 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 Hails Breakthrough on Catch Share Management

Congress directs fisheries managers to address impacts to recreational angling
Posted on December 18, 2009

Coastal Conservation Association applauds the U.S. Congress for recognizing the need to address impacts to recreational angling as a result of the U.S. Catch Share Policy.

Fish trap proposal turns back the clock on conservation

Proposal to bring back outlawed gear stuns conservationists
Posted on December 10, 2009

An unusual alliance of environmental groups and commercial longliners is exploring the use of controversial fish traps in the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Fishery, leaving long-time participants in federal fishery management issues surprised at the re-emergence of the highly destructive gear. Fish traps were banned by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council in 1996, but were not fully phased out of the Gulf until 2006.

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. 

CCA urges states to resist flawed federal policies in Gulf

Anglers cite lack of faith in federal catch share management of red snapper, grouper
Posted on November 10, 2009

Faced with the unwelcome reality of having two popular recreational fisheries managed by a fundamentally flawed catch share system in the Gulf of Mexico, Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) has taken the rare step of not supporting Gulf state compliance with federal regulations for red snapper and grouper. The decision to support “non-concurrence” with federal regulations is a sign of growing dissatisfaction with federal management policies.

Letter from the Gulf Governors to Secretary Locke

Posted on October 22, 2009

Federal managers shut down another Gulf fishery

Decision on Gulf amberjack shows federal management on brink of breakdown
Posted on October 21, 2009

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) continued its bizarre history of biased management regarding Gulf amberjack when it announced this week that the recreational season for the popular offshore species will close on October 24 due to the recreational sector overfishing its quota. This announcement comes barely two years after the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council arbitrarily shifted a significant portion of recreational allocation to the commercial sector.

CCA Files Lawsuit to Stop Gulf Grouper Giveaway

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

Bioeconomic Analysis of the Red Snapper Rebuilding Plan and Transferable Rights Policies in the Gulf of Mexico

Posted on August 27, 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 Applauds Shell’s Decision to Abandon Open-Loop LNG Project

Posted on March 29, 2007

Coastal Conservation Association praised yesterday’s announcement by Shell US Gas & Power LLC to abandon plans for an open-loop liquefied natural gas terminal in the Gulf of Mexico as a victory for marine resource conservation.

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 Compass Port Open-Loop LNG Terminal

Posted on April 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 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.