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Press Releases

Final Input Sought on Biscayne National Park Management Plan

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.


CCA comments on A40

August 20, 2014

Doug Boyd
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.    



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 e-mail 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 e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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