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Environment and Conservation Fishing

Environmental and conservation concerns. Learn about what affect they have on our fishing.

Reduced Limits and Seasonal Closures
The South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (SAFMC) has formulated regulations that have affected both the commercial and recreational fisherman. These regulations have reduced the bag limit on a number of species, shortened the season on many other species, and very shortly will close the season on a significant portion of the Atlantic coast to bottom fishing for the foreseeable future. So…

New South Atlantic Fishing Regulations
The South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (SAFMC)recently and quietly published Amendment 16 in the Federal Register. With little fanfare (for obvious reasons) they placed new rules on bottom fishing fro grouper and other species that will go into effect on July 29, 2009, from North Carolina through the Florida Keys.

Fishing Around a Red Tide
A pretty severe red tide occurred along the North Florida coast recently. Along with thousands of dead fish, it closed beaches and put a dent in the tourist industry. It also changed some fishing plans, changes that actually turned out for the good.

Can We Stop No Fish Zones?
No Fish Zones (NFZ) are cropping up or being considered by virtually every coastal state in America. Vast areas of open ocean, bays, estuaries, and coastal rivers are all being considered for closure not only to fishing, but in some cases for closure to all human presence. All of this is presumably to protect marine life and revitalize fish populations. In one very controversial case in Florida it is to protect the manatee.

New Study Suggests New Harvest Rules
Here is a study that has some interesting implications. According to Science Magazine the size of the fish harvested has an effect on the size of future harvests.

Florida's Manatee Dilemma - Manatee Protection
Groups such as the Save the Manatee club, along with eighteen other environmental and conservation groups sued the Federal government, Humane Society, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to have them set up much more restrictive speed zones in their effort to "save the manatee from extinction."

El Nino or La Nina - Something's Up
This past winter has been a strange one. There is statistical data that shows that the weather is warmer than usual. For two years in a row, Florida's winters have been comparatively mild. Up the East Coast of the United States, the fish are telling the story. Warm water fish were caught, and continue to be caught in areas they normally don't inhabit during the colder months. The reason is, the water temperature has not dropped as much as it usually does.

Global Warming Observations
Global Warming Observations. I’m looking at two sides of the whole warming issue as I write this. One side – called the tree hugging environmentalists – almost says the world is coming to an end if we don’t stop doing a lot of what we are doing. The other side – usually ultra conservatives – calls all the global warming hype just that – hype.

$800,000 in Grant Funding Available for Fish Habitat Restoration
Through FishAmerica’s partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Community-based Restoration Program, up to $800,000 is available to restore marine and anadromous fisheries habitat across the coastal United States and the Great Lakes basin.

Good Tree Huggers
Stacey, who works for a wildlife conservation organization, makes a good point. Not all tree huggers are PETA fans. I seem to have lumped all tree huggers as being a part of the "liberal left".

Fishing and Boating Classes Thrive
The Future Fisherman Foundation recently announced the recipients of the National Fishing and Boating Education Grants for the 2005-2006 school year. The recipients will use the grant funds to teach fishing and boating in their schools as part of their physical education classes and continue to help foster healthy and active leisure lifestyles.

Laughing at PETA
To a county commissioner in Montana, Karin Robertson, manger of People for Ethical Treatment of Animals' (PETA’s) Fish Empathy anti-fishing effort, recently wrote, "It is especially important to ensure that children do not become desensitized to the suffering and cruelty in fishing."

Fish Bag Limits - Are They Too Restrictive?
Given all of this, are the current bag limits too restrictive, or do they need to be tightened? The answer will lie in your hands. You, as a responsible angler can help manage the resource in two ways. First, be a conservation-minded fisherman. Take what you plan to eat and turn back the rest unharmed. Second, be responsive to the Natural Resources regulatory body in your state.

The Hook and Bullet Crowd
Jeff began his talk by stating that, like all of us writers in the audience, he was a member of the "hook and bullet" crowd. The moniker speaks for itself. All of us in that room fish and or hunt and write about our experiences. We are forever linked with those tools of our world he so simply described. Most of you reading this are also members of the hook and bullet crowd. You fish or hunt, and you enjoy the sport. But Jeff's next statement is what really made me think.

Red Tide Kills Manatees
Manatee deaths in Florida, after declining for the past three years, are rising again. This time boaters are not to blame. A recurring red tide over the southwest portion of the Florida coast appears to be the culprit.

Fishing Through the Gas Crisis
The latest rise in gas prices will drive a lot of anglers to make some decisions on how and where they fish.

Animal Rights Activity on the Increase
It’s a new year. Business organizations have designed, approved and allocated funding for annual budgets as they have for decades. Our animal right’s friends and neighbors are no different.

A New Year with Some New Options
Restricted fishing areas called MPAs are already here in a lot of locations and are looming on the horizon in a lot of others. Is it the right thing to do?

Gray's Reef Marine Sanctuary
Like the national parks, marine areas identified for their biodiversity, ecological integrity, and cultural legacy receive protection through the National Marine Sanctuaries Program. The program, administered by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), was created in Title III of the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act of 1972.

$600,000 Available for Fish Habitat Restoration
Through FishAmerica’s partnership with the NOAA Habitat Restoration Project, up to $600,000 is available to restore marine and anadromous fisheries habitat. This partnership emphasizes hands-on, grassroots approaches for on-the-ground restoration of marine, estuarine and riparian habitats, including salt marshes, seagrass beds, mangrove forests, and freshwater habitats important to anadromous fish species such as salmon and striped bass that spawn in freshwater and migrate to the sea.

A Different Perspective
In these days of overcrowded and hard fished streams, no angler can afford to overlook any sporting procedure that will help fill the creel.

PETA to Protest Fishing – Again
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)has a new program underway to protest fishing. Their “Turn in Your Tackle” campaign is designed to reach folks who may be relatives or friends of anglers. PETA plans to use the tackle they gather in future anti-fishing campaigns and displays.

New Fishing Study
Just out from the journal Science is a new fishing study conducted by researchers headed by Felicia Coleman from Florida State University. Basically the study indicates that recreational anglers have a much bigger impact on the resource than previous studies indicate. It goes on to say that the impact is highest in the southeastern United States.

Sea Turtle Watch
We watched as the turtle continued to surface and sound in the distance. Every three or four minutes he would come up for air, sit on the surface for a minute or so, and go back down. This was not a green sea turtle, rather a leatherback turtle, named for its beautiful brown back that looked like a weathered leather patchwork covering. Sea...

Illegal Netters Ruin Fishing
It appears to me that these two boats were, under cover of darkness using illegal gill nets along the jetties and taking sheepshead in large numbers. Needless to say, we caught very few fish that morning.

Alliance for Chesapeake Bay
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is a private non-profit organization that recruits and mobilizes broad participation in the Bay restoration.

California Coastal Commission
The mission of the Commission, as the lead agency responsible for carrying out California's coastal management program, is to plan for and regulate development in the coastal zone consistent with the policies of the California Coastal Act.

California Coastal Conservancy
The Coastal Conservancy acts with others to preserve, protect and restore the resources of the California Coast. Our vision is of a beautiful, restored and accessible coastline.

Cal OCEAN
The California Ocean and Coastal Environmental Access Network (Cal OCEAN) is a web-based virtual library for the discovery of and access to ocean and coastal data and information from a wide variety of sources and in a range of types and formats.

CCA (Coastal Conservation Association)
Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) is an organization of strong state chapters comprised of avid recreational fishermen who have banded together to address conservation issues nationally and within their respective states.

CCA- Florida
CCA Florida (Formerly FCA) is best known for its work on the state constitutional amendment to limit most commercial net fishing in state waters.

CCA - Georgia
Welcome to CCA Georgia's home on the web.  This site is provided to facilitate education and communication on issues concerning coastal conservation issues.

CCA - Louisiana
The Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana is dedicated to the conservation and preservation of our state s marine and animal life.

CCA - Maryland
The Maryland state chapter of the national organization.

CCA - Mississippi
The Mississippi state chapter of the national organization.

CCA - New York
The purpose of Coastal Conservation Association - New York is to advise and educate the public on conservation of marine, animal and plant life, and other coastal resources, both inshore and offshore.

CCA - North Carolina
The CCA of NC is a group of concerned Saltwater Fishermen and Conservationists working to protect fish stocks for everyone.

CCA - Texas
The Gulf Coast Conservation Association of Texas is an organization of outdoor sports enthusiasts and conservationists who acknowledge that only a concerted and on-going effort of major proportions can save the natural resources of the Gulf of Mexico from certain destruction.

Center for Marine Conservation
The Center for Marine Conservation is committed to conserving the abundance and diversity of the world's marine life and protecting the health of the oceans and seas.

Clean Ocean Action
"Our goal is to improve the degraded water quality of the marine waters off the New Jersey/New York coast."

Cousteau Society
The Cousteau Society is a nonprofit, membership supported organization dedicated to the protection and improvement of the quality of life for present and future generations.

Friends of the Environment
Friends of the Environment needs your support to help us alert visitors and residents to the fragility of the environment of Elbow Cay in the Bahamas and the waters and cays adjacent to it.

Maine Coastal Program
Maine's Coastal Program is a partnership among local, regional, and state agencies. It also collaborates with many private organizations, such as local land trusts and economic development groups.

Marine Resources Development Foundation
Environmental education for everyone from teachers with school groups, through adults exploring marine career options, to the older adult looking for a new experience in Key Largo, FL.

Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management
Protecting important coastal resources while promoting responsible economic development is the charge of the Massachusetts' Coastal Zone Management Program.

National Clean Boating Campaign
The Marine Environmental Education Foundation (MEEF) has launched the first annual National Clean Boating Campaign (NCBC), a year round program to promote good stewardship of our water resources by boating families, marina operators, boat dealers and manufacturers.

North Carolina Division of Coastal Management
Regulates development, permitting, and planning for North Carolina wetlands coastal areas.

Oceanic Resource Foundation
The ORF is a non-profit, scientific research organization based in San Francisco, California, and dedicated to the preservation of the global marine environment and preservation of marine biological diversity as the path to a healthy and productive marine environment.

Oceans Conservation
The Marine Ecosystems Conservation Branch's (MECB) mandate is to implement the science based conservation and protection provisions of the Canada's Oceans Act.

Oregon Coastal Management Program
The Oregon Coastal Management Program is a state and local partnership whose purpose is to protect, conserve, and , where appropriate,- develop natural and cultural resources within Oregon's Coastal Zone.

San Diego Baykeeper
A non-profit environmental organization dedicated to keeping San Diego Bay, coastal estuaries, watersheds, nature preserves and wildlife refuges clean and free of contamination.

Save Louisiana Wetlands
The Louisiana Dept. of Natural Resources/Office of Coastal Restoration and Management is responsible for the construction of projects aimed at creating, protecting and restoring the state's wetlands.

Save the Bay
The mission of Save The Bay is to ensure that the environmental quality of Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, and its watershed is restored and protected from the harmful effects of human activity.

United Anglers of Southern California
UASC is the largest marine conservation association dedicated to restoring our fisheries and marine resources.

United States Fish and Wildlife Coastal Habitat
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working to conserve coastal resources to benefit present and future generations.

Virginia DEQ
The Virginia Coastal Resources Management Program was established in 1986 as a network of existing agencies, each having responsibilities in implementing Virginia's coastal resources management laws.                                                

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