FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Ted Forsgren
April 7, 2012 (407)702-3567
OPPOSE THE TRANSFERABILITY OF FOOD SHRIMPING PERMITS IN TAMPA BAY!
We urge all conservation minded recreational fishers and other conservation groups to send emails opposing the transfer of food shrimping permits.
CCA Florida strongly opposes the transferability of food shrimping permits in Tampa Bay. Those remaining permits should have been phased out years ago, as was planned, by the Marine Fisheries Commission. Otter trawls and other net gear for food shrimping are some of the most damaging and wasteful types of commercial gear. In the early 1990s, the number of food shrimpers had grown substantially. Anglers and other conservationists had become concerned about the damage to sea grasses and the by-kill damage to juvenile fish. When the issue was brought before the Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC), the Commissioners were also concerned about the damage caused by the shrimpers. The MFC reached a compromise with the Tampa Bay shrimpers that the existing food shrimpers would be required to get a permit and when the shrimper decided to stop shrimping the permit would expire. The Marine Fisheries Commission was the precursor agency to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
The FWC staff recommendation will prevent the phase out of food shrimping in the bay. Allowing the transfer of permits, and likely sale, will make it difficult to remove the food shrimpers and their damaging gear. Those who pay to enter the fishery will fight to prevent ending the program if tranferability occurs. In addition there is a possibility of more shrimpers demanding to be included in the program.
The remaining food shrimpers have had 20 years to amortize their original investments. They have had exclusive commercial access to that public resource over that time period. It is time to get all the food shrimpers out of Tampa Bay.
CCA OPPOSES PLAN TO INCREASE REGULATIONS IN KINGS BAY
Dear CCA members,
CCA Florida has recently sent a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) opposing their plan to increase the manatee regulations in Kings Bay, Crystal River on the basis that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) state regulations already cover all of the areas that are proposed for additional regulations. CCA ultimately is concerned over angler access to these areas and the Gulf of Mexico. The USFWS proposal has caused a huge backlash among many interested groups. The Crystal River City Council and the Citrus County Commission have both voted unanimously to oppose the proposed plan. Anglers and other boaters have showed up in large numbers at public hearings to oppose the federal plan. These unwarranted additional federal regulations will undermine the support of local government and other groups which are necessary to maintain long term protection of manatees and access for water users.
The link below is a petition that has been created by the Save Crystal River group. Please help out your CCA Florida members that live and play in Crystal River by clicking on the link to help keep more unnecessary federal regulations out of state waters.
CCA FLORIDA GRASSROOTS ALERT!
EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK UPCOMING MEETINGS
CCA URGES YOU TO ATTEND ONE OR BOTH OF THE UPCOMING MEETINGS THAT WILL BE HELD BY EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK!
Just over one year ago the Everglades National Park (ENP) administrators implemented the largest pole and troll zone in Florida, the 9,400-acre Snake Bight Pole and Troll Zone was an area of concern because of the purported damage to the sea-grasses. Next week the ENP will hold workshops that will involve comprehensive discussions to present what's happened to date, what activities are planned in the future, and to get your feedback on the PTZ â€“ its layout, how its signed, the education and outreach efforts, how you think it's working, and suggested adjustments the Park should consider.
CCA Florida believes that all pole and troll zones should have access corridors in the no combustion engine zones, properly sized pole and troll zones, adequate signage, and proper education and outreach for the users. While the Snake Bight pole and troll zone has access corridors CCA would like to see the ENP implement additional access along the Snake Bight Channel and the small creek that runs from the channel to the west. CCA also urges the ENP to create access in the eastern side of the pole and troll zone where deeper water runs from Porpoise Point to the Black Wall. These zones have been employed successfully in other areas with similar concerns and allow for resource protection as well as reasonable access and enhancement of the angling experience. Working with local experts can help identify boating access corridors which would allow reasonable fishing access while protecting sea-grass areas.
Meetings will start at 5:30 p.m. and will last till 8 p.m.
Monday, March 5, 2012 Thursday March 8, 2012
John Campbell Agricultural Center Murray Nelson Government Center
18710 SW 288th Street, Homestead, FL 102050 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL
Please Contact CCA Florida for more information: 407-854-7002