Commissioners go to bat for frustrated Louisiana Anglers
Unanimous resolution ensures that Louisiana will keep fighting the good fight against flawed federal management
On Thursday, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission unanimously passed a resolution directing the department to continue down the path of state management of red snapper. The resolution, offered by Commissioner Julie Hebert of Luling, was well-timed as earlier in the week the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council projected a 2016 recreational red snapper season of 8 days, the shortest in history.
The resolution states:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission directs the Department to continue supporting the Gulf States Red Snapper Management Authority (GSRSMA) and to strongly urge Congress to transfer authority over both fisheries management and scientific data collections for the red snapper resource in state and federal waters off of Louisiana to the states in an effort to continue to conserve the red snapper resource, ensure fair and equitable access to the red snapper fishery, and preserve the economy and culture of Louisiana’s coast.
CCA Continues Fight Against Sector Separation
Controversial sector separation ruling goes to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
NEW ORLEANS, LA (3-21-16) – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has announced that it will receive briefs on Coastal Conservation Association’s appeal of the ruling on its Amendment 40 lawsuit on April 27.
Amendment 40 is a controversial plan that created a charter/for-hire sector in the Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery and reserved a significant percentage of the recreational quota exclusively for its use. It is widely understood that the new charter/for-hire sector will emulate the privatized commercial red snapper sector in which shares of red snapper are privately owned by individuals for their own use and profit. Earlier this year, a lower court ruled against CCA’s arguments opposing Amendment 40, electing instead to defer to NOAA Fishery’s interpretation of statutory provisions governing the nation’s marine resources.
CCA Louisiana to honor U.S. Representative Garret Graves with 2016 Conservationist of the Year Award
The Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) of Louisiana is excited to announce that it will honor U.S. Representative Garret Graves with the 2016 Jerry Stone Conservationist of the Year. The award, to be presented during the CCA Louisiana State Convention on February 26, is the highest conservation award given by the organization each year.
“Garret Graves has been a champion for conservation since being elected to Congress in 2014, and before that during his service in state government,” said CCA Louisiana CEO David Cresson. “As an outdoorsman himself, Garret truly understands the importance of good stewardship and sound fisheries management, and these principals shine through in his work in Louisiana and on Capitol Hill.”
CCA to induct Donaldson, Foster, Matens into Hall of Fame
Graves, Barham, Macaluso also to be honored
The Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) of Louisiana will induct three of the organization’s greats into their Hall of Fame on Friday, February 26th during their State Convention at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center.
Rich Donaldson of Baton Rouge, Scott Foster of Lafayette and Camp Matens of Baton Rouge will become the 18th, 19th, and 20th members of the CCA Louisiana Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was founded in 2009 to recognize members who have given longtime extraordinary service to CCA, and whose leadership serves as an inspiration for current and future leaders.