Recreational Fishing Regulation Issues
The following is a collection of documents and links for anyone wishing to learn more about these issues. There is information about the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary recommendations, the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, and organizations that represent recreational fishing interests.
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Advisory Council Draft Recommendations for Proposed Closures
It is important in the coming months that everyone with an opinion communicate with the FKNMS by email, or attend the meetings. In order to be notified of meetings and updates, you can use the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Simply send an email and request to be added to the mailing list. Also, pay attention to notices in the newspapers. Attend the meetings, and speak up for what you think.
- Click here for Jim Teague’s notes on the Zoning Working Group’s recommendations
- Click here for Jim Teague’s notes on Mar. 6-7 meeting and upcoming Mar. 25 meeting
- Click here for Jim Teague’s notes on Feb. 18 meeting
Click on the following links to view or download these documents:
- Jim Teague’s letter to the Advisory Council
- FKNMS Shallow Water Draft Recommendations and Maps
- FKNMS Coral Restoration Draft Zone Recommendations
- FKNMS Advisory Council Draft Minutes of 12/10/2013 Meeting
- FKNMS Working Group Meeting Schedule for 2014
Links to the FKNMS website:
- The following link will take you to the Home Site for the FKNMS:
From here you can start searching the various sections and tabs and try to uncover any information that you wish.
- The following link will provide you with the maps for the proposed zone closures:
- The following link will take you directly to the Advisory Council section:
- The following link will take you directly to the section that lists and has some kind of bio for the members of the FKNMS Advisory Council:
The Magnuson Stevens Fishery and Management Act of 1976 is the primary law that regulates fisheries management in US Federal Waters. The law expired at the end of fiscal 2013 and debate has begun on having the law reenacted.
There has been criticism that the law is geared to the Commercial Fishing Industry and not the Recreational Fishing Community. This is a concern because recreational fishing is the number one sport/pastime in the United States generating $41.8 billion dollars to the economy each year. As a result of this and other criticism, Johnny Morris, CEO of Bass Pro Shops, and Scott Deal, president of Maverick Boats, recognized that there was an opportunity to create a saltwater recreational fisheries management system that addresses the needs and goals of the saltwater angler. They invited a group of leaders and experts in the fisheries community to develop a vision for saltwater recreational fishing. Their report is titled “A Vision for Managing America’s Saltwater Recreational Fisheries” (Spring 2014).
The good news is that the report has been very favorably received by Sen. Mark Begich, Alaska, chairman of the subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, and Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida, ranking member of that subcommittee. So, we are encouraged that the new law may include a management system for recreational fishing.
Click on the following links for more information:
- The Wikipedia article on the Magnuson-Stevens Act
- The Morris-Deal Commission Report “A Vision for Managing America’s Saltwater Recreational Fisheries”
- The complete Magnuson-Stevens Act of 2006
- Recreational Fishing Alliance article on HR4742 (06/18/2014)
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council
- The following link will take you to the Home Site for the SAFMC:
- The following link will take you to the SAFMC 2014 Port Meeting site:
From here you can access summaries of all the Port Meetings that took place this year.
- The following is a link for the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA):
This is the HOME website for the Association. It is a good website to review, BUT if you choose to join, which would be a very good idea, be sure to click on the Florida section so that you are registered as a member of CCA Florida. A link for CCA Florida is www.ccaflorida.org. To sign up for email updates, click on the Conservation Tag, Go down to CCA Newsroom, at the bottom of the page is a place to sign up for email updates. The following is a personal opinion. If you are willing to join one or both of these organizations, and you want to choose just one, it might be best to choose CCA Florida as it appears they are more active on our local level. Both organizations are very good however. It would be good for you to send them an email urging them to publicize what is going on with the FKNMS and asking that they start to put pressure on the Sanctuary and Politicians to force them to base decisions on GOOD Science and valid Economic Impact Studies. It would also add credibility and influence with CCA if you would join.
- The following link will take you to the website for the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA):
This group is very involved with fishing issues nationwide. It is a good website to visit. It would also be good for you to send them an email urging them to publicize what is going on with the FKNMS and asking that they start to put pressure on the Sanctuary and Politicians to force them to base decisions on GOOD Science and valid Economic Impact Studies. It would also add credibility and influence with RFA if you would join. If you would like to receive email alerts from RFA, simply go to the bottom of the Home Page for RFA and click where it says you can to receive email alerts.