CCA to induct Donaldson, Foster, Matens into Hall of Fame
Graves, Barham, Macaluso also to be honored
The Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) of Louisiana will induct three of the organization’s greats into their Hall of Fame on Friday, February 26th during their State Convention at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center.
Rich Donaldson of Baton Rouge, Scott Foster of Lafayette and Camp Matens of Baton Rouge will become the 18th, 19th, and 20th members of the CCA Louisiana Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was founded in 2009 to recognize members who have given longtime extraordinary service to CCA, and whose leadership serves as an inspiration for current and future leaders.
Things never what they seem at Gulf Council
Beware the Rec Angling Advisory Panel
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meets next week in Orange Beach, Alabama. One of the topics on the schedule for discussion is creation of the innocently labeled Recreational Angling Advisory Panel. At first blush, this AP seems like a good idea; in fact, in a venue where recreational angling has been cast aside as an after-thought, it sounds downright necessary. But there is an ominous backstory here.
To sense the peril in this AP, you would have to understand the alliance that has been built at the Gulf Council by those who favor privatization polices that place ownership of public marine resources in the hands of a select few businesses, and how that alliance works. The alliance includes commercial fishermen, seafood processors, a select handful of charter/for-hire operators, portions of the restaurant industry – basically anyone who makes a buck selling a publicly owned, wild fish in some way. That alliance has been carefully and painstakingly crafted by environmental groups with enormous resources, led by the Environmental Defense Fund among others, that believe funneling access to public marine resources through fewer and fewer entities is the best way to manage them.
CCA Louisiana and Conservation Partners Expand Independence Island Artificial Reef
Shell, LDWF collaborate on Phase II of important fisheries habitat near Grand Isle
CCA Louisiana, along with Shell, Bertucci Contractors and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), hosted government officials, volunteers and media members to view the installation of Independence Island Artificial Reef Phase II, northeast of Grand Isle.
Construction began earlier this week on the four-acre expansion of Independence Island Artificial Reef, which is comprised of roughly 7,000 tons of large limestone. The original Independence Island Reef, built in the summer of 2011, has become a favorite fishing destination for thousands of anglers.
“This is a great project for Grand Isle, and we appreciate CCA and their partners for making it happen,” said Grand Isle Mayor David Carmadelle. “Anytime we can build habitat in Louisiana and create new fishing spots for anglers and their families to enjoy, that’s a win-win situation.”
CCA Louisiana and Conservation Partners Expand Redfish Pointe II Artificial Reef
Chevron, LDWF collaborate on important fisheries habitat
It was a foggy morning as CCA Louisiana, along with Chevron, DLS Energy and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), hosted government officials, volunteers and media members to view the expansion of Redfish Pointe II Artificial Reef in the western part of Vermilion Bay.
Construction began earlier this week on the 4-acre expansion of Redfish Pointe II Artificial Reef, which is comprised of roughly 4,000 tons of 4-inch limestone. The original Redfish Pointe II Reef, built in the fall of 2006, has become a favorite fishing destination for thousands of anglers.
“As Louisiana continues to battle the effects of coastal erosion and habitat loss, we have made it a priority at CCA to build new habitat as often as possible,” said CCA Louisiana’s Habitat Chairman John Walther. “This expanded site in Vermilion Bay will slow down wave action, provide ideal habitat for marine organisms, and should soon become a fishing hotspot. We expect anglers from the area will begin to see speckled trout and redfish on this reef as early as next spring.”
Sector Separation on Trial
U.S. District Court hears CCA arguments against Amendment 40
NEW ORLEANS (10-28-15) – Coastal Conservation Association made its case Wednesday against Amendment 40 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Resources of the Gulf of Mexico during oral arguments in U.S. District Court in New Orleans. CCA has been a vocal opponent of NOAA Fisheries’ action to create a new charter/for-hire sector in the red snapper fishery and reserve a significant percentage of the recreational quota solely for its use.
“After oral arguments today, we are hopeful that the Court will set aside the agency’s highly controversial management plan for Gulf of Mexico red snapper,” said Mitch Brownlee, chairman of CCA National. “In forcing this unpopular plan through the management system, NOAA Fisheries ignored overwhelming public opposition to appease certain for-profit stakeholders at the expense of the angling public. This is clearly not the way to manage public marine resources.”
Survey says: recreational fishermen support state-based management of red snapper; LDWF will continue toward this solution
October 19, 2015 - According to a recent survey conducted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife Fisheries (LDWF), recreational fishermen, regardless of being a private angler or a charter boat captain, overwhelmingly support transferring responsibility for managing the recreational red snapper fishery from federal authorities to state agencies like LDWF. LDWF sent the online survey out to all recreational fishermen who hold a Louisiana Recreational Offshore Landings Permit, which is required to fish offshore for species like red snapper, to find out what they think about future management options for the red snapper fishery.
“We always hear from the same people at Gulf Council meetings and public hearings about red snapper management. Unfortunately, we rarely hear from Louisiana anglers and charter captains,” said Robert Barham, Secretary, LDWF. “This survey was an effort to reach out to our stakeholders and get their opinions. We really appreciate their valuable feedback.”