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Old 05-16-2015, 04:13 PM   #1
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There has been talk of the CCA lawsuit against Amendment 40. The lawsuit stands to Undo years of work by our Association and cripple the ability to explore sector specific options in the pursuit of a better Fishery Management Plan for both the Charter Boat and Private Recreational Sectors. Today the CFA intervened in the case and will see it to fruition.

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Charter Fisherman’s Association Moves To Defend Improvement to Red Snapper Fishery

Galveston, Texas – The Charter Fisherman’s Association stood up for Gulf of Mexico charter captains, their customers, and better fisheries management this week by intervening as a defendant in a lawsuit brought by the Coastal Conservation Association (Coastal Conservation Association. v. Pritzker, Civil Action No: 15-1300). The lawsuit is an attempt to block a new rule that will lead to better management of recreational red snapper fishing.
The rule, called Amendment 40, creates separate red snapper catch limits for charter captains and individual boat-owning anglers so that fishing regulations can be tailored to the unique needs of each sector. Amendment 40 was supported by thousands of stakeholders across the United States, passed by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and approved by the Secretary of Commerce.
Statement from Mike Jennings, President, Charter Fisherman’s Association: “We are intervening to defend Amendment 40 because it’s the first step toward making the red snapper fishery work for everyone. The red snapper fishery today is healthier than it has been in decades, but broken recreational management has meant that fishermen have been stuck in a downward spiral of shorter and shorter seasons. This has been very hard on charter captains and our customers, who can only fish during the short federal season, while anglers who own their own boat enjoy fishing throughout the much longer state water seasons. “One-size-fits-all management wasn’t working for anyone, and it was disproportionately affecting the charter sector. Because of these restrictive regulations, from 2003 to 2013, charter landings decreased from 48 to 16 percent of the recreational quota. The non-boat owning public was losing the opportunity to fish for red snapper and charter businesses were hurting. “Amendment 40, which divides the recreational quota into two sub-quotas, is important progress for everyone who is frustrated by status quo management because it acknowledges what we all know – our sectors are different, and to solve this management problem we need to get away from blanket regulations. Individual anglers are interested in exploring how state management might give them more stability and local control, and charter captains want to find management that gives us the flexibility to run our small businesses. Separate management will also give us the opportunity to implement more timely and accurate data collection for each sector. “The Charter Fisherman’s Association intends to protect the implementation of Amendment 40 so that progress can continue toward better management of both recreational sectors. If this lawsuit were successful it would reverse this important progress. We hope to help defend Amendment 40 so that one day anglers, whether they fish on their own boat or on a chartered trip, will have better fishing opportunities.”

### The Charter Fishermen’s Association is trade association of charter and head boat fishermen who operate in the Gulf of Mexico. The for-hire fishing sector provides access to millions of recreational fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico every year.
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Good. Now when CCA wins, CFA will sink and so will their BS about Sector Separation.
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What did I miss, why cant charter boats fish florida waters with a charter during Recreational season.?
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I wonder where the CFA gets the money to file suit and pay an attorney, being as that it is a small group of "charter fisherman"....


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What did I miss, why cant charter boats fish florida waters with a charter during Recreational season.?
Federally permitted boats can't because the Feds said so.
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I wonder where the CFA gets the money to file suit and pay an attorney, being as that it is a small group of "charter fisherman"....


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Exactly!! EDF subsidizing more legal action I guess.
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Federally permitted boats can't because the Feds said so.
So during red snapper season, state waters are only open to rec fisherman?
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So during red snapper season, state waters are only open to rec fisherman?
No. Charter boats without federal reef fish permits can fish state waters.

Boats with federal permits are bound by the federal season. They can fish wherever they want but only if the federal season is open. That's how we got to where we are today - the Feds have lined all of us up (recreational and charter) against each other. Divide and conquer.

It's working well.
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I was wondering this also. CCA I think has deep pockets so this will be interesting to see how this plays out. I really feel bad for the charter captains (CFA that is) because they do not seem to understand the bigger picture at stake and are only interested in the momentary gain. The pendulum is swinging the other way now and they're about to get whacked...
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