HOUSTON (4-17-13) – The governors of four Gulf states released a JOINT LETTER to the leadership of the U.S. House and Senate today that states current federal management of Gulf red snapper is evidence of a system that is “irretrievably broken,” and calls for passage of legislation that would replace it with a coordinated Gulf states partnership for red snapper management.
“The Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery has a historic and significant economic benefit to the Gulf coastal states and the nation. However, federal management conflicts impacting both the commercial and recreational sectors have created a situation that is negatively impacting the coastal economies and citizens of our states,” states the letter signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, Gov. Rick Scott of Florida and Gov. Phil Bryant of Mississippi. “With a stock that is recovering steadily, our recreational anglers are being allowed to fish less and less, and there is no hint of willingness from NOAA Fisheries to deviate from this present, unsatisfactory course. As governors of Gulf states, we believe this confusing management is just the latest evidence of a federal management system that is irretrievably broken.”
The governors’ letter calls on Congress to establish a better fishery management approach for Gulf red snapper based on interstate management measures coordinated by the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission, citing their belief that a coordinated Gulf states partnership would be more capable of delivering a robust fishery that is more accessible for their citizens.
“By encouraging Congress to allow the states to effectively manage red snapper and pass legislation to give the Gulf coastal States management authority for this resource, the governors clearly share our desire for a new vision in fisheries management,” said Venable Proctor, chairman of CCA National. “The federal system has had decades to get this fishery on track, and yet it still insists on a path that leads inevitably to a dead-end. We are grateful to the governors for promoting a viable alternative for fisheries management, and we look forward to working with Congress to see that this sensible management model becomes law.”
Federal management of red snapper reached a new low in 2013 when the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council announced a 27-day season, even though the snapper population appears to be booming. In response, Louisiana, Florida and Mississippi have announced various actions to join Texas’ long-standing rejection of federal regulations in state waters, prompting federal authorities to prepare punitive measures for those states. According to current projections, Texas recreational anglers would have a 12-day snapper season in federal waters, Louisiana anglers would have nine days and Florida anglers 21 days.
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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, 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!**
**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
June 20 and 21, 2014
River Palm Cottages
and Fish Camp
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!
WIN A BRAND NEW PATHFINDER 2200 TRS OR $25,000 CASH!
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!**
**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.
WIN A HELL'S BAY GLADES SKIFF OR $10,000 CASH!
Hell's Bay Boatworks, the Official Shallow Water Skiff of CCA Florida has donated another beautiful skiff to CCA Florida. This time one lucky winner will take their choice of a Glades Skiff complete with a 25HP Yamaha motor and a custom aluminum trailer, or $10,000 in cash!**
**Drawing to be held March 27, 2014 between 7:00 and 10:00 PM at the Harborside Event Center, 1375 Monroe Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901. Winner need not be present to win.Winner is responsible for all applicable taxes. Prize donated by Hell's Bay Boatworks and Yamaha. No purchase or contribution is necessary to participate $25 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. Limit of 3 tickets per person.
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.
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.