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.
Derelict Crab Trap Clean-up Removes More Than 400 Abandoned Crab Traps from Louisiana Waters
February 26, 2015 - On February 21 more than 50 volunteers and seven boats gathered at Johnson’s Bayou boat launch in Cameron Parish for the annual Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Derelict Crab Trap Rodeo. Volunteers, LDWF staff, and members of the commercial fishing industry assisted in retrieving more than 400 abandoned crab traps.
This year’s crab trap cleanup was jointly conducted by LDWF and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and focused on border waters within Sabine Lake and adjacent natural bayous.
Anglers Encouraged by New Recreational Fishing Policy
NOAA Fisheries publishes roadmap for recreational sector
MIAMI, FLA. -- (February 12, 2015) -- Saltwater anglers welcomed the announcement today of the National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy rolled out at the Progressive Miami International Boat Show. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) announced the policy today during a press conference headlined by its top administrator Eileen Sobeck.
“This is a major step in the right direction,” said Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Coastal Conservation. “For the first time, NOAA Fisheries officially acknowledges the inherent differences between recreational and commercial fisheries -- and the need to manage the sectors differently.
“The rubber will meet the road in implementation,” he said, “but this is a good roadmap.”
Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana names George Huye new President
BATON ROUGE - George Huye was elected as CCA Louisiana's new President at the organization’s annual State Board Meeting on February 6, 2015.
Huye is taking over for Charlie Caplinger of Slidell, who served as CCA Louisiana President for 2013 and 2014.
“I am honored to follow in Charlie’s footsteps as President of this great organization,” said Huye. “Charlie’s energy, focus and dedication to CCA is an inspiration to all CCA members. As we move forward, I hope to honor his work by advancing the progress he and our members made in conserving Louisiana’s incredible coastal resources.”