Gulf Council Hosts Public Hearings on Red Snapper Allocation Next Thursday Night in Kenner
CCA members, recreational anglers encouraged to attend
The Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council has scheduled a public hearing in Kenner, Louisiana on Thursday, March 13, to solicit comments on Gulf red snapper allocation. The meeting will be held at LaQuinta Inn and Suites at 2610 Williams Blvd., Kenner, LA at 6 p.m.
The Gulf Council is currently considering Reef Fish Amendment 28, which examines allocating red snapper resources between the commercial and recreational sectors.
The current allocation of Gulf of Mexico red snapper, which is 51% commercial and 49% recreational, was established in 1990 through Reef Fish Amendment 1. This allocation was based on the historical average of red snapper landings by sector from 1979 through 1987. The red snapper stock in the Gulf of Mexico has been under a rebuilding plan since 1997, and in 2012,
NOAA Fisheries declared that overfishing of the stock had ended.
Louisiana Opens 2014 Recreational Red Snapper Season in State Waters
Season Opens Early with a Two Fish Possession Limit
(Feb. 17, 2014) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the Louisiana weekend-only red snapper season will open on Friday, February 21, 2014, at 12:01 a.m. until further notice.
Kenny Chesney accepts honorary board seat with CCA's Building Conservation Trust
HOUSTON, TX (2-10-14) – The Building Conservation Trust, the national marine habitat program of the Coastal Conservation Association, is proud to announce country superstar Kenny Chesney will serve as an honorary board member. Founded in 2010 to enable people who love and enjoy the oceans, the Trust supports projects that revitalize critical habitat and establish a vibrant foundation for the marine ecosystem.
“Very few people have captured the essence of what draws us to the oceans as well as Kenny Chesney has over his incredible career,” said Patrick Murray, president of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA). “The most passionate stewards of our marine environment are the ones drawn to the water for sport, relaxation and reflection. Through his music and life, Kenny has inspired an entire generation to engage in ocean conservation and stewardship, and we are very proud to have him on the board of the Trust.”
“We have come to a place where everyone needs to get involved if the oceans, the beaches, the sea life is important to us as human beings,” Chesney said of his involvement. “No one person can save the world – or the water. But in creating alliances, bringing people who care together and creating projects that can have an impact we start to slowly protect and build up this important natural resource.”
Vitter: One Step Closer to Updating Decades-Old Allocation Levels for Gulf Coast Fishermen
(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, made the following statement regarding the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s vote to move forward on Amendment 28, which for the first time since 1990 would reallocate red snapper quotas. Vitter originally requested Amendment 28 be considered during the nomination process for Dr. Kathryn Sullivan to be the Undersecretary for Oceans and Atmosphere, and Administrator of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
“This is huge news for Gulf Coast recreational anglers. After months of urging NOAA and the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to take action on Amendment 28, they have finally started moving on it. Louisiana and Gulf Coast anglers are one step closer to a reformed and updated fishery management system,” said Vitter. “Council action today is an important step in reviewing allocation, and we intend to follow it through to completion. Proactively managing Gulf fisheries based on the best science and economics should always be the ultimate goal, and this is a positive step in the meantime that could lead to an economic boost for Gulf economies, something we can all support.”
CCA Louisiana Honors Hall of Fame Inductees and Conservation Leaders during State Convention
CCA Louisiana’s newest inductees to their Hall of Fame: (from left):Charlie Willis,
Pierre and Suzie Villere and Andy LeBlanc
CCA Louisiana hosted their annual State Convention over the weekend at the Riverside Hilton in New Orleans. CCA members from around the state were joined by CCA staff, invited guests and conservation experts for the two day event which featured committee meetings, guest speakers and updates on conservation projects. The highlights of the convention were a keynote address by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and the induction of new members to the CCA Louisiana Hall of Fame on Friday. In addition, CCA recognized several other leaders in the ongoing effort to conserve our coast and coastal habitat.
“CCA is the ultimate volunteer organization,” said CCA Executive Director David Cresson. “Each year we like to honor special people who have helped make CCA into the organization it is today. Without their dedicated service, we would never be able to make the progress we have on conservation issues in Louisiana. I’m happy to say that the group of volunteers receiving their much deserved recognition this year is as strong a group as we’ve ever had.”
CCA and Conservation Partners dedicate Williams Boulevard Pier Reef
The Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) of Louisiana, Shell Oil Company, The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and Pontchartrain Materials dedicated a new artificial reef in Lake Pontchartrain on the west side of the Williams Boulevard fishing pier today.
Construction on the reef will begin on Monday due to a delay in materials transport from the icy conditions this past week. The reef, a project of the East Jefferson CCA Chapter, will be constructed using 2,000 tons of crushed limestone. It is the 13th reef constructed by CCA Louisiana and its partners in conservation and is the fourth artificial reef project in Lake Pontchartrain.
“Projects like this one shows how non-profit organizations can collaborate with state and federal agencies to build coastal habitats that will benefit everyone in the future,” CCA Louisiana president Charlie Caplinger said.