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    Calling All Anglers…
    The latest court victory is a step in the right direction but the fight is far from over. There is a much larger battle ahead! We need to stay focused on this issue and make sure it is put to bed once and for all!! CCA has filed in Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeals on the side of the FWC to ask the appellate court to reverse Judge Jackie Lee Fulford’s order allowing gill netting in state waters and will spend every penny necessary to protect the constitutional ban on gill netting.
    Now that gill nets are out of Florida’s waters, for the time being, our attorneys can focus on reversing Judge Fulford’s original order.There will be months of legal maneuvering but, CCA will not rest so long as there is a threat of gill nets making their way back into Florida waters.
    Florida’s recreational anglers are dedicated to protecting Florida’s marine resources and CCA Florida urges everyone to take a moment to contact your state representatives and senators to voice your concerns to ensure that gill nets never make it back in Florida waters.  

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  • WIN A CONTENDER 28' Tournament Edition Center Console Or $75,000 CASH!CONTENDER-RAFFLE


    Contender, the Official Offshore Boat of CCA Florida, has donated a 2014 Contender 28’ Tournament Edition Center Console, complete with twin 200 HP Yamaha motors and aluminum AmeraTrail trailer. One lucky winner will take their choice of the boat package or $75,000 in cash!**

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    **Winner will receive a Contender 28 Tournament complete with twin 200 HP Yamaha motors and a custom aluminum trailer OR $75,000 CASH. Drawing to be held on October 23, 2014 between 7:00 and 10:00 PM at the Treetop Ballroom, Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Tr. Miami, FL 33132. Winner need not be present to win. Winner is responsible for all applicable taxes. Limit of 4 tickets per person. Prize donated by Contender Boats Inc. No purchase or contribution is necessary to participate. Tickets are $100 each (suggested minimum donation). The drawing is being conducted by Coastal Conservation Association Florida whose principle place of business is 4061 Forrestal Avenue, Suite 8, Orlando, Florida 32806.

  • 2014 CCA Florida Inter-Chapter Challenge
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    June 20 and 21, 2014
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     Included in your entry fee are Texas Cattle Company dinners Friday and Saturday night, tournament T-shirt and goody bag. Other events include the Texas Hold Em Poker Tournament Friday night plus raffles all weekend. The 2013 tournament had 173 registered anglers and we are expecting an even larger turnout in 2014. Bring the boat, bring the family and come have some fun CCA style!

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  • WIN A BRAND NEW PATHFINDER 2200 TRS OR $25,000 CASH!Pathfiner 2200 web


    Pathfinder, the Official Bay Boat of CCA Florida, has donated another brand new Pathfinder 2200TRS, complete with a 150HP Yamaha motor and aluminum AmeraTrail trailer. One lucky winner will take their choice of the boat package or $25,000 in cash!**

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    **Winner will receive a Pathfinder 2200TRS complete with a 150 HP Yamaha motor and a Custom AmeraTrail aluminum trailer OR $25,000 CASH. Drawing to be held on February 26, 2015 between 7:00 and 10:00 PM at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Boulevard, Palmetto, FL 34221.Winner need not be present to win. Winner is responsible for all applicable taxes. Limit of 4 tickets per person. Prize donated by Maverick Boat Company. No purchase or contribution is necessary to participate. Tickets are $50 each (suggested minimum donation). The drawing is being conducted by Coastal Conservation Association Florida whose principle place of business is 4061 Forrestal Avenue, Suite 8, Orlando, Florida 32806.

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    Hell's Bay Boatworks, the Official Shallow Water Skiff of CCA Florida, has done it again! This year the prize is a brand new Waterman, complete with a 70HP Yamaha motor and aluminum trailer. One lucky winner will take their choice of the boat, motor and trailer package or $20,000 in cash!**

     

     

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    ** Winner will receive a Hell’s Bay Boatworks Waterman Skiff complete with a 70 HP Yamaha motor and a custom aluminum trailer OR $20,000 CASH. Drawing to be held October 9, 2014 between 7:00 and 10:00 PM at the Winter Park Community Center, 721 W. New England Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789Winner need not be present to win. Winner is responsible for all applicable taxes. Prize donated by Hell’s Bay Boatworks and Yamaha. Prize is offered “as is” at time of drawing. No purchase or contribution is necessary to participate. $25 each (suggested minimum donation) Limit of 3 tickets per person.The drawing is being conducted by Coastal Conservation Association Florida whose principle place of business is 4061 Forrestal Avenue, Suite 8, Orlando, Florida 32806.

     

  • About CCA Florida

    CCA Florida is a statewide, non-profit marine organization working in an advocacy role to protect the state's marine resources and interests of saltwater anglers. Comprised of 30 local chapters from Pensacola to Key West, we support strong, resource-based law enforcement, access to the resource for recreational fishing, and strong and fairly-balanced fishery regulations to protect state and federal fish stocks. CCA Florida is one of 17 state chapters of the Coastal Conservation Association.

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  • Mar10 Demo Image The stated purpose of CCA is to advise and educate the public on conservation of marine resources. The objective of CCA is to conserve, promote and enhance the present and future availability of these coastal resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public.

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CCA Florida’s position on FWC’s proposed Tarpon Rules

Our Association sometimes finds itself in the middle of an issue on which we have many members on both sides. That is case with one of the new regulations the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission proposed at its June, 2013 meeting relating to tarpon fishing,  which applies particularly during the spawn in Boca Grande Pass. We want our members to be informed and understand how and why CCA Florida formulates its positions on these issues.

Differing methods of fishing for tarpon in Boca Grande Pass have engendered impassioned feelings and emotions for decades now. Over 10 years ago, the FWCC commissioned a study to see if there was a difference in release mortality between tarpon caught in the old, traditional method – using live bait – and those caught using jigs. That study, which was peer reviewed, concluded that there is no significant difference in release mortality between the 2 methods. On the basis of that study – which remains the only such study of which we are aware – CCA Florida adopted the position that no additional regulations governing methods of fishing for tarpon were warranted.

That study has now been discredited to some degree – completely so in the view of some. If one assumes that the study was flawed, that does not mean that the opposite conclusion is now true – it means that we are back to having no study that establishes anything. Nonetheless, the FWCC has decided to propose some new rules for tarpon fishing. CCA Florida supported the new rule making tarpon a catch and release fishery, and we are in complete support of the proposed rule prohibiting the snagging of tarpon (although our position is that only the intentional snagging of tarpon should be prohibited as every angler unintentionally foul hooks/snags a fish at some point).

The last proposed rule would limit the use of bottom weighted jigs while fishing for tarpon, which is a popular method used during the spawn in Boca Grande Pass. CCA Florida’s Government Relations Committee – which is made up of 45 members from across our entire State – voted unanimously not to support this new rule – the entire rationale in doing so is that there simply is no scientific evidence demonstrating a need for the new rule. Insisting that the management of our fisheries be pursued using credible science has served us well, and the charged emotions involved in the Boca Grande tarpon fishery are no basis for us to change that approach.

CCA Comments for South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Public Hearings for Proposed Federal Fisheries Management Measures

Regarding Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 14, Action 2 - Modify the fishing year for the black sea bass recreational sector –
It goes without saying that in a year-round fishery the start date has little impact. However we will not likely see a year round fishery for black sea bass again and a uniform start date will inevitably disadvantage one area compared to another.    We believe the Council should set the season length and perhaps a framework of time when the season can be open and allow the states to set their season to best suit their fisheries.  

Regarding Action 3 of Amendment 14 - Modify the recreational accountability measure for black sea bass –
This is a common action in several Amendments, and our position on all of them is that the Council should adopt uniform Accountability Measures for recreational fisheries that have these three essential elements:

1.  The season should be set based on when the ACT is projected to be met;
2.  Should overages in the ACL occur, payback provisions should only be implemented if the stock is overfished; the entire ACL is exceeded; and if the recreational harvest is responsible for the ACL overage.
3.  If the overage occurs in three consecutive years, paybacks in the following year should be implemented until the overages cease.  

Regarding Action 4 and Action 5 of Amendment 14 -   
We believe that when feasible, the commercial and recreational season should start at the same time.

Regarding Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 5, Action 1 - Revise acceptable biological catches (ABCs), annual catch limits (ACLs), and annual catch targets (ACTs) for dolphin and wahoo -  
We believe the use of MRIP in setting catch limits is the appropriate action and support Alternative 2.  

Regarding Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 5, Action 2 - Revise the accountability measures (AMs) for dolphin and wahoo –
We are concerned that the Accountability Measure for the commercial fishery is open-ended no matter which alternative is selected.  As long as the fishery is not overfished and the total ACL is not exceeded, overages could occur annually which would be a de facto allocation shift.  Similar to the language we suggest for recreational AMs, serial overages must be eliminated and paybacks initiated after 3 years.

Regarding Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 5, Action 3 - Revise the framework procedure in the Dolphin Wahoo Fishery Management Plan –
We believe the ability to use a framework action to adjust catch limits is appropriate and support the adoption of the preferred alternatives 2 and 3.   

In Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 5 Action 4 - Establish a commercial trip limit for dolphin in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the South Atlantic Council’s area of jurisdiction -  
CCA supported a 3,000-pound commercial trip limit in 2003 as a means to ensure a directed dolphin longline fishery did not develop.  There were concerns of localized depletion by both private rec and for-hire captains.  The Council adopted the trip limit but it was not allowed by NOAA Fisheries.  Our concerns still remain.  We believe a trip limit that would have little impact on the historic dolphin fishery but preventing a longline fishery from developing is still appropriate. We support the adoption of a 3,000-pound commercial trip limit for dolphin.  

In Amendment 20 to the Coastal Migratory Pelagics FMP - Establish Regional Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) for Atlantic Migratory Group King Mackerel and Spanish Mackerel –
In general, we believe allowing the states to set their own seasons, within a seasonal framework set by the Council, and where feasible have their own quota, is appropriate.  

In Coastal Migratory Pelagics Framework, Action 1 - Modify restrictions on transfer-at-sea and gillnet allowances for Atlantic migratory group Spanish mackerel –
This provision is supposed to take care of the uncommon incidence where a Spanish mackerel gill net boat catches more than the daily trip limit and would allow that Captain to cut the net and transfer it to another federally permitted vessel, thus reducing dead discards.

This seems to be a clear “slippery slope” action that would be difficult at best to enforce.  The Advisory Panel did not like it and we do not believe this action is appropriate. We believe it makes much more sense for the Council re-examine the use of gill nets as allowable gear in the Spanish mackerel fishery if this problem persists.  

Amendments to the Fishery Management Plans for Snapper Grouper, Dolphin Wahoo, Coral, and Coastal Migratory Pelagics

All public hearings are scheduled from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 7
Doubletree Hotel
2080 N. Atlantic Avenue
Cocoa Beach, FL  32931
Phone: 321-783-9222

Thursday, August 8
Hilton Key Largo Resort
97000 South Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL 33037
Phone: 305-852-5553


CCA Red Snapper Regional Management Comments

Coastal Conservation Association Comments to Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council  Public Hearings on Amendment 39 Regional Management of Red Snapper


The concept of regional management of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico has been born out of the frustration felt by many anglers towards federal management. By almost any account, red snapper are more abundant now than perhaps at any point in history. Management has finally worked and no one wants to go back to the days when red snapper were small and hard to find. On the other hand, no one should be content with a management regime that is unable to find a way to reap the benefits of success.

CCA supports driving management of marine resources to the lowest level of government possible, ideally to the state level. That position is staked in the belief that the states simply have a better grasp of how to manage these resources in ways that ensure their health and stability. At the same time, state agencies have proven their expertise in providing the greatest access to those resources and maximizing the benefits of those resources for their citizens. Almost every one of this country’s great marine conservation success stories has been engineered by the states.

Contrast that against our experiences with NOAA Fisheries.  After decades of management, participants in the red snapper fishery were rewarded with a 27-day season and a two-fish bag limit. Proposals were even made that to reduce the bag limit to one fish in an effort to increase the number of days in the recreational season and prevent a widespread revolt against federal management. While season length is indeed crucial to the recreational sector, days alone do not make a quality fishery. We believe the individual states are best equipped to determine the management approach best suited to their residents. The current situation is unacceptable, and that is with a fishery that by all accounts is recovering wildly. Rather than hoping that NOAA Fisheries will someday figure out how to copy the success of the states, we believe that this proposal to allow the states to take greater control of management could provide a solution.

The transfer of management responsibility would be no easy task, and countless details remain to be fully explored. Issues over enforcement, monitoring, state boundaries and compliance will have to be fully resolved. However, CCA believes that the best results will be achieved through negotiations between the states themselves, with as little federal influence as possible.  Additionally, in the development of this proposal it should be specified that states have the ability to manage the entire fishery – both recreational and commercial – including decisions on eliminating the IFQ program - as they see fit. Another option that the Gulf Council could consider is simply removing red snapper from the Reef Fish Management plan as they have recently removed stone crabs; anchor and blackline tilefish; red and rock hind; misty grouper; and schoolmaster, dog and mahogany snapper. Such action would also allow each Gulf state to optimize the use of red snapper to the highest benefit of their residents and economies.

Recreational anglers have more faith in the ability of the states to successfully manage our marine resources than in NOAA Fisheries. If enacted correctly, CCA views state-based management as a potential path to achieving our overriding goal of healthy marine resources and increased access to them for the greatest benefit of the public.

The remaining public hearing schedule for Reef Fish Amendment 39 is as follows:

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Holiday Inn Select
2001 N. Cove Boulevard
Panama City, FL

Thursday, August 8, 2013*
Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel
64 South Water Street
Mobile, AL

Monday, August 12, 2013*
Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Parkway
950 Lake Carillon Drive
St. Petersburg, FL

All meetings begin at 6:00 pm and will conclude at the end of public comment,but no later than 9:00 pm.

NOTE: * Denotes the meeting will cover Recreational Regional Management of Red Snapper as well as Amendments 19 & 20 to the Coastal Migratory Pelagics Fishery Management Plan.

Can't attend any of the meetings? Comments on Reef Fish Amendment 39 will also be accepted online at http://bit.ly/177mEcD.

Copies of the public hearing documents can be obtained by calling 813-348-1630, or by visiting www.gulfcouncil.org.