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Amendment 40 Update
    

Please see the below letter from CCA Alabama Chairman Russell Cunningham:

GULF COUNCIL MEETING SET FOR MOBILE, AL - FINAL ACTION ON AMENDMENT 40  -

VOICE YOUR OPPOSITION TO THE ADOPTION OF AMENDMENT 40!

The Gulf Fisheries Management Council (the "Gulf Council") will be meeting in Mobile, Alabama on Monday, October 20, 2014 through Friday, October 24, 2014.  The meetings will be held at the Renaissance Battle House at 26 North Royal Street, Mobile, Alabama 36602.  The Gulf Council will be considering several important items, including Amendment 39 (regional management of red snapper), Amendment 40 (gives a share of the recreational snapper catch to charter fishermen), and Amendment 28 (red snapper allocation between recreational and commercial fishermen).  The Gulf Council is scheduled to take final action on Amendment 40 at its Mobile, Alabama meetings.

Read more: Request for Action - Amendment 40 Update

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Last chance to stop privatization of Gulf red snapper

 

Federal management of red snapper is a mess - it has failed recreational anglers and the charter/for-hire industry alike.
 
Rather than fix the flawed management system, an effort to privatize up to 75 percent of the fishery is being promoted by commercial fishermen and a select few charter/for-hire operators. They are seeking to take advantage of this chaos and ensure that most of this fishery is privately held by a few individuals, for their private use. The rest of us face the prospect of a one-day snapper season in federal waters in 2015.

Read more: Last chance to stop privatization of Gulf red snapper

Request for Action

 

We Need Your Help with Amendment 40

Please see the below letter from CCA Alabama Chairman Russell Cunningham:

HELP PREVENT A ONE DAY RED SNAPPER SEASON

VOICE YOUR OPPOSITION TO AMENDMENT 40

Many of you have heard about Amendment 40 the federal government's most recent proposal to split the recreational red snapper fishery into to two parts, one for charter/ for-hire boats and the other for private recreational anglers. Many of you attended the Gulf Fisheries Management Council's (the "Gulf Council") August 2014 hearings on Amendment 40 in Orange Beach and Mobile and spoke out passionately against the adoption of Amendment 40 and-as I would expect-many of those recreational anglers were CCA Alabama members. We thank you.

Read more: CCA Member Request for Action

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Anglers applaud states’ stance on snapper management

Florida, Louisiana, Texas urge Gulf Council to back away from Sector Separation

The state wildlife management commissions of Florida, Louisiana and Texas have delivered a clear message to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to slow down the rush to divide the recreational sector and further exclude private boat recreational anglers from the red snapper fishery. In a series of letters to the Gulf Council, each state voiced concern that Amendment 40 – Sector Separation is overly divisive and will do little to solve the fundamental management problems in the fishery.

“We are concerned that private anglers seem to be an afterthought in the Council’s sector separation proposal and would face additional severe harvest cuts under the proposed allocation split,” writes Richard Corbett, chairman, in the letter from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “We urge the Council and NOAA Fisheries Service to consider the big picture in managing this fishery. Dividing what is left of the recreational fishery through sector separation is akin to doling out leftovers while there is a buffet on the table.”

Read more: Anglers applaud states’ stance on snapper management

The National Park Service (NPS) is accepting comments on its proposals for the supplemental General Management Plan (GMP) for Biscayne National Park. Your comments are due by October 10, 2014. The NPS is presently considering three options on how it will govern the park for years to come.


One of the remaining proposals is Alternative 4 which will ban recreational fishing in the park across a 10,000 acre marine reserve, significantly limiting recreational boating, fishing and tourism related businesses and activities in South Florida. CCA Florida opposes Alternative 4.

Read more: REMINDER YOUR COMMENTS ON THE PROPOSED ALTERNATIVES FOR BISCAYNE NATION PARK ARE DUE BY OCTOBER...

The National Park Service (NPS) is still finalizing its supplemental General Management Plan (GMP) for Biscayne National Park. It has taken us several years to get to this point and  the  process is now  dependent on the input of local residents, businesses and stakeholders.


NPS is presently considering multiple options on how to govern the park for years to come—one of which (Alternative 4) would ban recreational fishing in the park across a 10,000 acre marine reserve, significantly limiting recreational boating, fishing and tourism related businesses and activities in South Florida. CCA Florida opposes Alternative 4.

Read more: Final Input Sought on Biscayne National Park Management Plan

August 20, 2014


Doug Boyd
Chairman
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
2203 N Lois Avenue
Suite 1100
Tampa, Florida 33607 USA


Dear Chairman Boyd,

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on Reef Fish Amendment 40 – Sector Separation. Coastal Conservation Association has been involved in federal fisheries management since the 1980s and has rarely witnessed such a relentless manipulation of the federal fisheries management process to secure extraordinary rights for a select portion of the fishery.    

Read more: CCA comments on A40

South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council Public Comment ends at 5pm on August 18
 
Regarding the transferability of Dolphin and Wahoo filets into the US EEZ from the Bahamas
 
Email your comments now to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 7 and Snapper Grouper Amendment 33
 


 

CCA believes that the SAFMC should make the federal dolphin and wahoo regulations consistent with the existing federal reef fish regulations with regard to the possession, transportation and landing of Dolphin and Wahoo legally caught under Bahamian regulations and brought into the US EEZ. Under existing regulations, Snapper and Grouper are able to be brought back into the United States filleted, but Dolphin and Wahoo are required to be landed with the head and fins intact. CCA urges the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to modify current regulations to allow dolphin and wahoo that have been legally caught in the Bahamas to be transported from and landed in the United States filleted and with two (2) filets being counted as one fish. CCA also urges the Council to define “stowed fishing gear” as “unrigged fishing gear,” as this would be a common-sense solution for the numerous center consoles that transit back from the Bahamas.
 
Please take the time to comment on this proposed rule by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .