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Press Releases

CCA believes that the red snapper fishery in the South Atlantic is headed in the right direction. It was only a few years ago that federal managers were threatening to close down all bottom fishing throughout the South Atlantic to prevent even bycatch mortality from impacting red snapper stocks.  Thankfully, we avoided that scenario. Since then, extremely short recreational seasons have been touted as a way to help in data collection to better assess the South Atlantic red snapper stock more thoroughly. However, those short seasons have produced wild “yo-yo” regulations that have caused a great deal of confusion and anger within the recreational angling community.
 

Read more: South Atlantic Red Snapper Update

Environmental group, charter/for-hire, commercial harvesters join forces to oppose CCA lawsuit


HOUSTON, TX (9-22-15) - Coastal Conservation Association’s stand against Amendment 40 has now drawn formal opposition from all the groups actively promoting privatization of public marine resources in the Gulf of Mexico. The Charter Fishermen’s Association formally intervened on behalf of the federal government’s highly controversial plan for Gulf red snapper in May and in recent weeks both the Environmental Defense Fund and the Shareholder Rights Alliance have filed Amicus Briefs in support of the federal government.

Standing with CCA is the State of Louisiana, which filed an Amicus Brief in support of recreational anglers in May.

Read more: United threat faces recreational angling

Plan makes strides to improve habitat conservation while maintaining reasonable boating and fishing access

Washington, DC – September 1, 2015 – The National Park Service recently released the final General Management Plan (GMP) for Everglades National Park, which includes several changes that will affect recreational boating and fishing access and habitat conservation in the park. The recreational fishing and boating community expressed its collective appreciation to Everglades National Park officials for meaningfully addressing concerns that were raised during the GMP development process.

“Covering much of the southern tip of mainland Florida and nearly all of Florida Bay, Everglades National Park is home to some of the best recreational fishing opportunities that Florida has to offer,” said Trip Aukeman, director of Advocacy for CCA Florida. “Given that this GMP will guide management actions for the next 20 to 30 years, it’s critically important that we get it right. Overall, we believe the GMP strikes an appropriate balance of management measures to safeguard resources while allowing for reasonable boating and fishing access.”

Read more: Final Management Plan Released for Everglades National Park

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