CCA Louisiana elects St. Martinville’s Kirk Sieber as State President
Elliot, Mouton honored for extraordinary volunteerism
Kirk Sieber of St. Martinville was elected to serve as State President for the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana at the organization’s Annual Meeting on Thursday in Baton Rouge. Sieber, a public accountant and businessman, takes over for George Huye of Baton Rouge, who completed his two-year term as CCA Louisiana’s President.
Sieber is a long-time leader for the organization. He served most recently as CCA Louisiana’s Treasurer, he is a founding member of New Iberia’s Sugar Chapter, and he is a CCA National Board Member.
Anglers Call on Trump to Deliver
The recreational fishing industry hopes for sea change from new administration
by Jeff Angers,
Center for Sportfishing Policy
After years of being ignored in Washington, saltwater recreational anglers are hoping for a breath of fresh air with the Trump Administration. It’s not hard to imagine that President Trump would be a friend to our community. After all, he has made clear that he values spending time with his family and has an obvious interest in a strong national economy fueled by Americans. His sons, Eric and Donald Jr., are both avid anglers and hunters.
That’s good news for sport fishermen and their families who take part in one of America’s oldest and most beloved past times – and spend a lot of money doing it! Sadly, though, there is a long-standing history between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries and recreational fishermen that leaves anglers wanting – needing – more. More access. More acknowledgement. More input.
Louisiana Sets 2017 Recreational Red Snapper Season
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission announced the 2017 recreational red snapper fishing season in state waters will begin on February 1, 2017, and remain open until further notice. The season will run seven days a week in state waters with a daily bag and possession limit of two fish per person at a 16-inch minimum total length.
Last year, Louisiana anglers had 272 days of opportunity for red snapper fishing during a combined state and federal season.
Coastal Conservation Association appoints Corry Landry as Regional Director for Southwest Louisiana
Baton Rouge – Corry Landry has joined CCA Louisiana as the organization’s new Southwest Regional Director. Landry has worked as a Health, Safety and Environmental Manager in the oil and gas industry for the past 21 years. His first day at CCA will be January 3rd.
"We are very excited to have Corry join the CCA team," said CCA Louisiana Executive Director David Cresson. "As we continue to grow and expand our efforts throughout the state, Corry’s addition to our staff will allow us to better serve our members. His experience as one of the founding members of the Sugar chapter will help us further our mission of conserving Louisiana's marine resources."
Wildlife & Fisheries to kill TAG Louisiana program
By Todd Masson, NOLA.com | November 30, 2016
The recreational fishing community has taken another hit from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and this one's going to leave a mark. Beginning in January, the agency will discontinue most of the popular TAG Louisiana program, a coastwide study that relies on volunteer anglers to tag fish and report recaptures.
Assistant Secretary Patrick Banks, head of the department's Office of Fisheries, said administrators made the decision because the program isn't delivering useful information for agency biologists.
"The tagging program provides no meaningful fisheries management data for the department," he said in response to a list of questions emailed by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.
A One-Day Snapper Season?
It’s time for Charlie Melancon to stand up for Louisiana anglers
Federal fisheries management at the Gulf Council is set to fail Louisiana’s recreational anglers again… and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Charlie Melancon is supporting that failure.
At the Gulf Council meeting held the week of October 17 in Biloxi, NOAA Fisheries staff reported that their data indicates recreational fishermen may exceed this year’s snapper quota. Federal managers suggested that state-water seasons are to blame despite the Gulf States’ fisheries management agencies developing data collection programs far superior to the flawed federal process.