CCA files lawsuit to stop sector separation
Legal challenge follows Commerce approval of controversial red snapper management scheme
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.
“Amendment 40 embodies everything that is wrong with federal management of our marine resources. It is completely out of step with this nation’s heritage of wildlife resource management,” said Bill Bird, chairman of CCA’s National Government Relations Committee. “It has been overwhelmingly opposed at every step in the process, but a very small minority has been allowed to manipulate the system to their personal advantage.”
Lafourche Parish School Kids help build Floating Islands Restoration Project near Grand Isle
Close to 100 Lafourche Parish school students and dozens of volunteers helped build the Floating Islands Restoration Project off of Highway 1 near Grand Isle on Friday.
The project is being spearheaded by the Coastal Conservation Association’s Building Conservation Trust and partners Shell Oil Company, Entergy, Lafourche Parish and Martin Ecosystems.
Kids ranging from 10 to 15 years of age were on hand from Holy Rosary School in Larose and Golden Meadow Middle School. The kids planted roughly 6,000 square feet of new wetland island habitat and placed them in the water just north of LA 1. They planted three types of native plants, including mangrove, seashore paspalum and smooth cord grass, into 8-foot by 25-foot BioHaven Floating Islands. The islands were assembled on-shore and were then moved to the water for installation.
Red snapper are Mismanaged by Feds
Houston Chronicle Editorial
By Hughes Andry | 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.
Why would these state directors take on such a thankless task? The answer is that they know it simply does not have to be so convoluted and difficult.
The red snapper fishery is the healthiest it has been in decades and it could be the largest the population has ever been, thanks in large part to the expansion of habitat created by offshore oil and gas platforms and limitations on shrimp trawling bycatch. But you would never be able to tell under federal management, which last year limited the recreational season to nine days in federal waters. Such overly restrictive regulations are incongruous with what anglers and many fisheries scientists are seeing on the water, and are negatively impacting the thousands of recreational fishing dependent businesses all along the Gulf coast.
Gulf States Unveil Solution to Red Snapper Management
Sportfishing and boating community welcomes state-based management approach
Washington, D.C. – March 13, 2015 – In a move long-awaited by the recreational fishing and boating community, the directors of the state fish and wildlife agencies from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas announced an agreement for state-based management of Gulf of Mexico red snapper, which in recent years has experienced increasing privatization of this public resource and decreasing recreational fishing opportunities. The announcement was greeted with strong enthusiasm from the recreational fishing and boating community, which has supported greater state control of Gulf red snapper.
“Throughout the country, states have proven to be highly successful at fish and wildlife management in a way that conserves natural resources while allowing for reasonable public access,” said Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Coastal Conservation. “The Gulf states are among the nation’s leaders in marine fisheries management, which is why we have continued to look to them as the vehicle for managing Gulf red snapper going forward to get us out of the current mess created by federal mismanagement.”
Spring Brings Family Fishing Action at LDWF's Family Fish Fests
(March 3, 2015) - With spring just around the corner, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced they will again host a series of Family Fish Fest events across the state. In its second year, this program provides a unique opportunity for families to learn fishing basics and participate in activities to increase fishing knowledge and skill.
The first 50 registrants for each event will receive a complimentary rod and reel, and the first 100 registrants will receive a fishing goodie bag. Competitive categories are available for nearly all legal fish species, and every participant is automatically entered into a raffle for outdoors prizes courtesy of event sponsors.
Entry for each event is $10 per participant (except for the September 26 event), and includes a t-shirt and lunch. Participants must provide their own fishing equipment and bait. Events will begin shortly after sunrise and will conclude by noon.
LAST CHANCE to stop Amendment 40
Management of Gulf of Mexico red snapper is a mess, and has utterly failed recreational anglers. There will likely be more red snapper available in 2015 than any time in its history under federal management, but individual anglers won't be allowed to share in the success. Instead, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has approved Amendment 40 - Sector Separation, a scheme that is now before the Secretary of Commerce, awaiting her signature to become law.
This is the last opportunity to make the case against privatization of our public marine resources, this time to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.
- CCA files lawsuit to stop sector separation
- Charter Captain Refutes Red Snapper Commentary
- Lafourche Parish School Kids help build Floating Islands Restoration Project near Grand Isle
- Red snapper are Mismanaged by Feds
- Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopts notice of intent on inshore recreational reef sites