Press Releases

Press Releases

Mary Janine Vara
NOAA Fisheries
Southeast Regional Office
Sustainable Fisheries Division
263 13th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701

Re: Generic Amendment to the Fishery Management Plans for Snapper-Grouper, Golden Crab, and Dolphin and Wahoo

Dear Ms. Vara,

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on theGeneric Accountability Measures and Dolphin Allocation Amendment. Coastal Conservation Association is the largest marine resource conservation group of its kind in the country, with more than 130,000 members in chapters from coast to coast to coast. We are concerned primarily with the dolphin allocation issue in this amendment, and the ongoing willingness of federal managers to manipulate allocation decisions, to the detriment of the angling public.

The Coastal Conservation Association is opposed to arbitrary changes in sector allocations based on little more than a guess. The conclusion of the limited economic discussion in the document was:

Considering that, based on historical landings, neither the commercial sector nor the recreational sector would likely reach their respective ACLs under any of the alternatives, it may be concluded that none of the alternatives would result in significant short-term or long-term negative economic effects on either sector.

Read more: Generic Amendment to the Fishery Management Plans for Snapper-Grouper, Golden Crab, and Dolphin...

Recreational fishing and boating community praises Congressional leaders for addressing flawed marine reserve decision

Washington, D.C. – July 30, 2015 – On the heels of the recent announcement to close over 10,000 acres of Biscayne National Park to fishing, a coalition of recreational fishing and boating organizations praised the introduction of a bipartisan bill, H.R. 3310, that will help stop this and similar unwarranted fishing closures from occurring. Led by Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), and 28 other original sponsors, the “Preserving Public Access to Public Waters Act” requires the National Park Service and Office of National Marine Sanctuaries to have approval from state fish and wildlife agencies before closing state waters to recreational or commercial fishing.

“Probably the most concerning aspect of the Biscayne National Park marine reserve decision is the total disregard for the fisheries management expertise of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission,” said Mike Leonard, Ocean Resource Policy director for the American Sportfishing Association. “The states are responsible for nearly all of our nation’s saltwater fisheries management successes. This legislative safeguard will prevent the federal government from ignoring the fisheries management expertise of the states in these types of situations.”

Read more: Legislation Introduced to Preserve Fishing Access in Biscayne National Park

Building Conservation Trust joins effort to create new angling, diving destination


Marine fisheries and recreational angling off the coast of Jupiter, Florida, are set to get a boost this summer with the placement of 40 artificial reef cells in 88 feet of water. The CCA Building Conservation Trust has contributed $25,000 to the Andrew “Red” Harris Foundation for the project, which will utilize innovative reefing materials to create a thriving new ecosystem.

Read more: Innovative offshore reefing project set to go in off Jupiter


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