Tag Archives: Center for Coastal Conservation

Recreational Fishing Industry report seeks federal fisheries reform

charter_boatSeveral stakeholders in the recreational fishing and boating industries released a set of recommendations for the incoming administration and Congress to change the way federal overseers allocate saltwater fish. The Center for Coastal Conservation and its 10 member groups issued a report recommending a government shift away from using the same tools to manage commercial fisheries as it does for recreational fishing at a federal level. “One of the most important things in the document we put forward is the recommendation that we get our own Recreational Fishing Advisory Committee,” Center for Coastal Conservation president Jeff Angers told Trade Only Today. “The current Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee is dominated by the commercial industry. We really need our own. We have a different industry, different constituents, different environmental impacts.” Read the rest here  11:07

Disputed National Marine Fisheries Service data leads to a correction

nmfs_logoAfter significant objection from the recreational fishing and boating community, the National Marine Fisheries Service is taking steps to correct a key fisheries economics  report that misleadingly indicated that the domestic commercial fishing industry in the United States was significantly larger than the recreational fishing industry. Furthermore, the corrected data show that the domestic commercial fishing industry actually decreased by $2.3 billion in 2012. Read more here  Read the “correction” 14:24

Recreational Fishing and Boating Community Calls on Congress to Revamp Marine Fisheries Management

“Congress should establish a national policy to promote saltwater recreational fishing,” said Mike Nussman, president and CEO of the American Sportfishing Association. “In addition, Congress must open the ‘rusted-shut’ door of marine fisheries allocation to achieve the greatest benefit to the nation.”A Vision for Managing America’s Saltwater Recreational Fisheries identifies six key policies that would achieve the commission’s vision. Those recommendations primarily focus on the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Read more here  09:33