Artificial Reef Construction at The Pickets Underway
CCA Louisiana and partners launch artificial reef project to save famed Louisiana trout hotspot
The Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana, along with partners, Apache Corporation, Fieldwood Energy and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, began construction today on an artificial reef system in Ship Shoal 26, known by many Louisiana anglers as “the Pickets.”
The Pickets Reef is being constructed of roughly 14,000 tons of 4-inch limestone over three specially engineered artificial reefs. The reef is designed to protect depressions in the seafloor that were created by the prevailing current flowing around and through the Pickets. In doing so, the reefs will maintain and enhance these scour holes, while providing additional habitat for marine life.
National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucus Speaks Against Sector Separation
On behalf of the Executive Council of the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC), and as Co-Chairs of the Mississippi and Kentucky Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucuses, we would like to thank you for the opportunity to comment on proposed Amendment 40 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico. NASC is comprised of 44 state legislative sportsmen’s caucuses, including those of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
Congressmen urge Council to table Amendment 40
Sportsmen’s Caucus urges ‘fair and euitable balance’ in red snapper fishery
WASHINGTON, DC (10-20-14) – The Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) has joined a groundswell of opposition to a controversial mangemement proposal for Gulf red snapper scheduled for a final vote of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council this week in Mobile, Alabama. In a letter to the Gulf Council, the CSC, the largest bipartisan caucus in Congress with nearly 300 members in 49 states, calls for Amendment 40 – Sector Separation to be tabled.
“While we fully support a better management approach to alleviate the hardships of an extremely short recreational season on the charter/for-hire fishery, providing more days of fishing for a select few while completely ignoring the impacts to the majority of participants is irresponsible,” CSC Co-Chairs Representatives Bob Latta (R-Ohio) and Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) explained in the letter. “Other options that address the needs of the recreational fishery as a whole should be on the table.”
Construction to begin this week on the “Pickets Reef”
Private/public partnership launches artificial reefing project to save famed Louisiana trout hotspot
Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana, Apache Corporation, Fieldwood Energy and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will begin construction this week on an artificial reef system at the site of the recently removed structures in Ship Shoal 26, known by many Louisiana anglers as “the Pickets.”
This cooperative effort calls for the deployment of roughly 14,000 tons of 4-inch limestone over three specially engineered artificial reefs. The reefs will be designed to protect depressions in the seafloor that were created by the prevailing current flowing around and through the Pickets. In doing so, the reefs will maintain and enhance these scour holes, while providing additional habitat for marine life.
Last chance to stop privatization of Gulf red snapper
Federal management of red snapper is a mess - it has failed recreational anglers and the charter/for-hire industry alike.
Rather than fix the flawed management system, an effort to privatize up to 75 percent of the fishery is being promoted by commercial fishermen and a select few charter/for-hire operators. They are seeking to take advantage of this chaos and ensure that most of this fishery is privately held by a few individuals, for their private use. The rest of us face the prospect of a one-day snapper season in federal waters in 2015.
Anglers applaud states' stance on snapper management
Florida, Louisiana, Texas urge Gulf Council to back away from Sector Separation
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.
"We are concerned that private anglers seem to be an afterthought in the Council's sector separation proposal and would face additional severe harvest cuts under the proposed allocation split," writes Richard Corbett, chairman, in the letter from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. "We urge the Council and NOAA Fisheries Service to consider the big picture in managing this fishery. Dividing what is left of the recreational fishery through sector separation is akin to doling out leftovers while there is a buffet on the table."
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