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Frustrated Gulf anglers left with little to target in federal waters

In a scene that has become distressingly familiar to Florida anglers, the federal government has announced another closure of a popular recreational species - this time red grouper. In announcing the closure, NOAA Fisheries stated that "abundant red grouper are being found closer to shore in shallower water this year, making them more accessible to the recreational sector."

Unfortunately, under federal management a stock that is more abundant than presumed and more available to anglers means that it has to be shut down to stay within quotas based on an obviously suspect assessment and dubious harvest data.

It is red snapper all over again, and is just another example of how far off the rails federal fisheries management has gone.

Read more: Federal agency orders red grouper fishery closed today

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

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