CCA LA provided a list of recommendations for the Governor’s consideration, including the renomination of Camp Matens

The Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana is working to make sure our state’s recreational fishermen are well represented on the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council as improvements to federal fisheries management continue to advance. Louisiana’s recreational seat on the Council opens in June and CCA Louisiana has asked Governor John Bel Edwards to recommend to NOAA Fisheries Mr. Camp Matens remain for his third and final consecutive term.

Matens has been the Louisiana recreational representative on the Council since 2012 when he was nominated by Governor Bobby Jindal. He has been a steadfast supporter of Louisiana’s recreational anglers and charter operators, and works closely with these groups and has insisted throughout his tenure on the Council that our public fisheries remain publicly held. His reappointment is also supported by the Louisiana Charter Boat Association.

“Camp Matens has had the backs of Louisiana’s recreational sector at the Gulf Council since his appointment six years ago,” said CCA Louisiana Executive Director David Cresson. “His passion, knowledge and experience along with his willingness to stand up for what’s right for Louisiana make his reappointment to the Council an easy decision.”

During the 2015 Louisiana Gubernatorial Campaign, Governor Edwards pledged to CCA members that he would seek input from our organization on Gulf Council Appointments. CCA Louisiana sent two separate letters to the Governor on this matter, one in January and another in February. To view the letters sent by CCA to Governor Edwards, click here.

In addition to Matens, CCA has recommended Louisiana State Representative Jerome Zeringue of Houma, George Huye of Baton Rouge, Patrick Fitzmorris of Madisonville and Robert Allain of Jeanerette for the Governor’s consideration. All recommended are avid anglers and conservationists and possess the experience, dedication and knowledge to be effective representatives of Louisiana anglers on the Council.

“Governor Edwards has a real opportunity to stand with the recreational fishing community through this absolutely critical Gulf Council nomination,” said Cresson. “Louisiana anglers and the businesses that depend on them need appropriate representation in this seat, and the names recommended by CCA will provide just that.”

CCA Louisiana will keep our members updated as Governor Edwards submits his formal nominations.