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.”
United Threat Faces Recreational Angling
Environmental group, charter/for-hire, commercial harvesters join forces to oppose CCA lawsuit
HOUSTON, TX (9-22-15) - Coastal Conservation Association's stand against Amendment 40 has now drawn formal opposition from all the groups actively promoting privatization of public marine resources in the Gulf of Mexico. The Charter Fishermen's Association formally intervened on behalf of the federal government's highly controversial plan for Gulf red snapper in May and in recent weeks both the Environmental Defense Fund and the Shareholder Rights Alliance have filed Amicus Briefs in support of the federal government.
Standing with CCA is the State of Louisiana, which filed an Amicus Brief in support of recreational anglers in May.
Graves Introduces Legislation Charting a New Course for Management of Gulf Red Snapper
Washington DC – Congressmen Garret Graves (R-South Louisiana) today introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would transfer management of the red snapper fishery from the federal government to the five Gulf States. Under the Gulf States Red Snapper Management Authority (GSRSMA) Act fish and wildlife agencies of the five Gulf States would use public input to develop and implement a coordinated, science-based fishery management plan.
“For years, the federal government has restricted our anglers’ access to a public resource, limiting the ability of private citizens in South Louisiana and across the Gulf Coast to enjoy red snapper,” said Graves. “When I was growing up, we could fish snapper year round; this year’s recreational season was just 10 days. Our state-based approach will eliminate failed federal fish management that saw only one weekend of red snapper fishing in federal waters, while preventing overfishing.”