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    CCA Florida has the distinct privilege of partnering with the award winning Black Diamond Quarry Course for our 6th Annual Golf Tournament. If you have always wanted to play this strictly private course, now is your chance. Please reserve early as we are sure to have a full field for this year's tournament.

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    Monday, December 8, 2014

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    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 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.

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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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    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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FIRST DISTRICT COURT OF APPEALS RULES

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                CONTACT: Ted Forsgren

 

November 6, 2013                                                                                                     (407)702-3567

 

 

FIRST DISTRICT COURT OF APPEALS RULES

 TO REINSTATE THE STAY AND TAKE GILL NETS BACK OUT OF THE WATER

Late this afternoon the First District Court of Appeals (1st DCA) ruled in favor of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and reinstated the automatic stay that was ordered to be removed by Judge Fulford late last week. The removal of the stay by Judge Fulford allowed commercial netters to wage an assault on our fisheries for almost a week. Commercial netters flocked to Florida from Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina to participate in the gill net assault on Florida’s fisheries. 

BY ORDER OF THE COURT:

The appellant’s motion for reinstatement of automatic stay filed October 31, 2013, is granted, and the automatic stay imposed by Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.310(b)(2) is hereby reinstated. 

The appellees’ motion for certification filed October 23, 2013, is denied 

CCA Florida applauds the FWC for standing up to Judge Fulford’s outrageous ruling and for their efforts to protect Florida’s fisheries from gill nets. Attorney General Pam Bondi and attorney Jonathan Glogau deserve our highest commendation for their strong legal work in quickly stopping the slaughter. 

“This ruling 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” said CCA Florida Chairman, Jim Williams. CCA has filed in Florida’s 1st DCA 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. CCA Florida’s Chairman reiterated that, “we will spend every penny necessary to protect the constitutional ban on gill netting”. 

Now that gill nets are out of Florida’s waters, 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 illegal netting is taking place in Florida’s 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.

Contribute to the CCA Florida Gill Net Legal Defense at www.ccaflorida.org 

Sign our petition at www.yousign.org/en/netbanpetition 

Join CCA Florida today at www.joinccaflorida.org

 

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CCA JOINS THE COURT BATTLE AGAINST COMMERCIAL GILL NETTERS’ SLAUGHTER OF SPAWNING MULLET

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       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                CONTACT: Ted Forsgren

       November 6, 2013                                                                                                         (407)702-3567

 

CCA JOINS THE COURT BATTLE AGAINST COMMERCIAL GILL NETTERS’ SLAUGHTER OF SPAWNING MULLET

 

Today, CCA Florida filed in Florida’s First District Court of Appeal on the side of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to ask the appellate court to reverse Judge Jackie Lee Fulford’s order allowing gill netting in state waters. “CCA will spend every penny in its coffers to protect the constitutional ban on gill netting,” said CCA Chairman, Jim Williams. Last week, the Leon County Circuit Judge vacated an automatic stay of her controversial order of October 22nd enjoining statewide enforcement of the State’s 18 year old net ban. In doing so, she has assured an open season on Florida mullet stocks during the current spawning run. She has thumbed her nose at the citizens of the State of Florida who passed the constitutional amendment limiting marine net fishing in 1994 by a 72% margin.

The stay became automatic when the FWC filed an appeal of her net ban order. Lawyers for the Wakulla Commercial Fisherman’s Association moved to vacate the stay and Fulford granted the motion. CCA Florida stated that she has no idea how much damage she is causing by preventing the enforcement of the ban on gill nets.

The Court does not seem to understand the ecological importance of the mullet fishery for Florida’s inshore predatory species. Every species of predator fish eats mullet. Juvenile mullet exist by the millions in Florida estuaries as forage food for redfish, spotted sea trout, flounder, snook, tarpon, and many other species. The claim that “baby fish” are caught in smaller mesh nets is just a ploy created by the commercial netters. The tiny amounts described by the netters pale in comparison to the amount of juvenile fish taken by inshore predator fish. The only way to damage the mullet fishery is to overfish the spawning adults with three inch mesh or greater gill nets which is exactly what was happening before the ban on gill nets. Commercial gill netters favor these larger fish because they make more money.

In her initial ruling, the Judge noted that her, “…decision could in the interim, cause some turmoil.” CCA’s Ted Forsgren called her comment a huge understatement. “The massive schools of spawning mullet will be slaughtered by hundreds of netters returning to the coastline with their huge gill nets” said Forsgren. “Commercial netters from North Carolina to Louisiana are swarming to Florida to net the spawning fish.”

“Fulford’s ruling turns the gill netters loose on the spawners” said Forsgren. Millions of pounds of these roe filled (pregnant) mullet will be taken causing untold damage to mullet and other fisheries. In addition to spawning mullet, gill nets destroy other fish like snook, trout & redfish that are often found within the mullet aggregation.

“We trust that the First District Court of Appeal will rule quickly with the FWC and support common sense regulations that have protected Florida’s fisheries for the last 18 years,” said Williams.

To help fight this battle and donate to the “Gill Net Ban Legal Fund” visit www.ccaflorida.org

Join CCA Florida today at www.joinccaflorida.org

 

CCA FLORIDA FINDS JUDGE JACKIE FULFORD’S RULING REGARDING FWC RULES USED TO IMPLEMENT THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT “LIMITING MARINE NET FISHING” CONTRARY TO LAW AND THE WILL OF FLORIDA’S VOTERS!

Leon County Circuit Judge Jackie Lee Fulford yesterday vacated an automatic stay of her controversial order of October 22nd enjoining statewide enforcement of the state’s 18-year-old net ban, virtually assuring an almost open season on Florida mullet stocks during the upcoming spawning season and essentially thumbing her nose at the will of voters of the State of Florida who passed the Constitutional Amendment Limiting Marine Net Fishing.

The stay of her order became automatic when the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), through the state Attorney General’s office, filed an appeal of her net ban order. Lawyers for the Wakull Commercial Fishermen’s Association, which originally brought the action that led to the net ban ruling, moved to vacate the stay, however, and Fulford granted that motion. “I do find that there is no irreparable harm if the stay is lifted, and that there is, in fact, irreparable harm if I do not lift the stay. The status quo, I believe in my opinion, has resulted in unnecessary killing and waste, and by adoption of the FWC rules after the net ban amendment, it’s resulted in unfair application of the net ban to some and not others,” Judge Fulford said at yesterday’s hearing.

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