Anglers applaud decision to terminate catch share development in Amendment 21
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA â€“ Recreational anglers are applauding the South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils decision today to â€œterminate all work relative to catch share development in Amendment 21,â€ the Comprehensive Catch Share Amendment. In a motion by Council member George Geiger of Florida, the Snapper Grouper Committee yesterday voted to remove catch shares from Amendment 21, setting up todays action by the full Council. The decision is good news for recreational anglers who have been fighting the concept of catch shares as a one-size-fits-all solution to fishery management problems.
â€œThere are so many other things for federal managers to be focusing on other than a controversial management scheme like catch shares,â€ said Chester Brewer, chairman of CCAs National Government Relations Committee. â€œThis action by the South Atlantic Council signals that NOAA should stop the rush to embrace catch shares and reconsider its priorities.â€
As part of its ongoing effort to encourage the federal fisheries management system to overhaul the way it views the nations marine resources, Coastal Conservation Association is urging the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to break with the failed policies of the past and chart new management plans for a series of important recreational fisheries.
In recent months, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission have all opted to explore reallocation of fisheries using forward-looking criteria rather than outdated catch histories. The South Atlantic Council is noticeably absent from that list.
CCAs call for reallocation could provide much-needed relief for recreational anglers
GULFPORT, MS â€“ The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has taken a long-awaited first step toward addressing outdated allocations between the commercial and recreational sectors in the grouper and red snapper fisheries. During its meeting this week in Gulfport, the Council voted to begin an amendment on grouper allocations, and to review red snapper allocations and transferability options at its next meeting in April.
â€œThis is something that Coastal Conservation Association has been working on for a long time, and it is a significant development for recreational anglers,â€ said Chester Brewer, chairman of CCAs National Government Relations Committee. â€œFrozen allocations based on realities that no longer exist have plagued recreational anglers for decades. Crafting forward-looking allocations for these fisheries based on current and future economic, social and conservation criteria is the foundation of sensible management.â€