| FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 16, 2011
CONTACT: Ted Venker, 1-800-201-FISHCaught up in Catch Shares
By Ted Venker
Much has been made about the catch share issue in recent months. Catch shares are a poorly understood issue that has been made more complicated by an absolute avalanche of mistruths, half-truths, and outright lies swirling about it in fishing chatrooms and blogs across the country.
Almost every facet of the past, present and future of catch shares has been grossly distorted. A glance at the average chatroom would lead casual readers to believe that there is a vast, strange conspiracy linking all-powerful environmental groups with oil companies with “double-agents” posing as anglers to rid the world of fishermen. One recurring theme is that the goal is to empty the oceans of all people so the oil companies can pillage at will. Another, green theme says the goal is to empty the oceans of all people so that the fish and whales are left alone to prosper. There are long, fantastical charts linking this group to that group, to prove the conspiracy of anti-fishers exists. Everyone is on Pew’s payroll, or Environmental Defense’s or Exxon’s. The only thing missing is a good 007 character to save the day.
None of it is true, but it makes good reading. And nothing spoils a good tale like a few cold facts, but in the interest of setting at least some of the record straight, this column attempts to splash a little reality on the catch share mystery.
Now, in order to set the stage for what comes next, you have to understand a separate but connected issue, and that is how allocations are set in mixed-use fisheries – fisheries that have both commercial and recreational participation. Allocations between recreational and commercial sectors have historically been based on catch history, often using time frames as short as selected three-year segments. Given federal managers’ history of promoting commercial fisheries, the time frames were often not favorable to the recreational sector.
- The coalition is and always has been firmly against catch shares for recreational anglers. The coalition does not believe they are an appropriate tool to manage recreational anglers under any circumstances.
- The coalition is firmly against separating the recreational sector into for-hire/charter and private boat designations.
- In mixed-use fisheries, those that have a quota for both recreational and commercial fishers, it may be determined that catch shares are an appropriate tool for the commercial sector. However, before implementing a commercial catch share system, the allocation must be redefined and updated using economic, social and conservation criteria.
- Once set, the new allocation must be reviewed periodically using those same criteria.
- In mixed-use fisheries that employ a catch share system for the commercial sector, the commercial shares must be made available for transfer to the recreational sector to allow for the growth of the recreational sector. The mechanism for transferring commercial shares could include state agencies, but is as yet undefined.
The coalition of groups that engaged with the Administration and the environmental community on catch shares stepped in to prevent a disaster for recreational anglers. Perhaps that is not as interesting as a good spy novel, full of intrigue, deception and betrayal, but this is not some daytime soap opera. This is a real-life fisheries debate, with real political consequences that must be confronted and dealt with.
Recreational sector generates six times the jobs, 12 times the sales
of commercial industry
RALEIGH, NC - North Carolina has the opportunity to increase the economic impact of fishery management to the entire state with a single bill – H.B. 353, a bill to make striped bass, red drum and speckled trout gamefish.
According to a study released this week by Coastal Conservation Association of North Carolina, the economic impacts of recreational angling for those three species dwarf those of the commercial sector and make a compelling case for legislative measures that enhance recreational fisheries.
“For the first time ever, we have an opportunity in this state to take an objective look at how we can best use our marine resources, and economics should be a key factor in that determination,” said CCA NC President, Jim Hardin. “Using an extremely conservative evaluation of the state’s own economic data, this assessment shows clearly that recreational angling is a far greater economic engine for North Carolina than commercial fishing. And that engine will rev even higher with the passage of H.B. 353.”
Even though the study by Gentner Consulting Group used the most optimistic commercial figures from the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries against the most conservative numbers for recreational fishing, the report nonetheless shows the overwhelming economic power of recreational angling. Recreational spending across all three species totals $81 million in the state, and supports $120.8 million in total sales, $38.5 million in income and 1,536 jobs. Recreational fishing for striped bass alone generates more economic activity ($12.1 million in expenditures) than commercial fishing does for all three species combined.
“From a commercial fisheries standpoint, these species do not appear to be very important to the viability of commercial fishing communities in North Carolina,” says Gentner, who ran the recreational economics data collection program for the National Marine Fisheries Service for eight years before starting his own company. “Even including the commercial processing, wholesaling and retail sectors, recreational fishing generates 6.5 times more jobs and 12.5 times more sales than the entire commercial industry from the harvester to the plate.”
H.B. 353 was introduced last month and has been unfairly attacked by some commercial fishermen as a threat to their communities. Gentner’s analysis clearly demonstrates that the upside for striped bass, red drum and speckled trout as gamefish far outweighs the status quo management of these species for a few individuals.
“When you filter out the emotion and rhetoric, this debate comes down to a decision of what is best for the people of North Carolina. That has not always been a priority in the management of our marine resources in the past, but we believe it is now time for a fresh look at the facts surrounding these fisheries,” said Greg Hurt, CCA NC Legislative Committee Chairman. “Do we just want to keep repeating history, or do we want to create new pathways for economic growth? We believe the gamefish bill is the path to a better future for North Carolina.”
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Coastal Conservation Association Maryland, Pax River Chapter
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April 25, 2011 Tony Friedrich, 202-744-5013
Fishing Baja to highlight CCA meeting
CCA Maryland angler, Mike Hill will speak on “Fishing the Sea of Cortez” at the April 27th meeting of the Patuxent River Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association Maryland. The meeting is open to the public and will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mary’s County Elks Lodge #2092, 45779 Fire Department Lane, California.
Mike Hill will discuss the numerous light tackle fishing options in the Sea of Cortez including yellow fin tuna, snapper, rooster fish, hawkfish, ladyfish, green-eyed jack, and bonito, among other species. He’ll present ideas on tactics based on trips he has made to the area.
Come early (7pm) and join in on the skills development session. This month, several chapter anglers will be sharing their favorite knots and knot tying techniques. Please come and share your ideas and hopefully learn something new.
ASMFC Black Sea Bass Board Establishes State Shares and Specifies Required Reductions for 2011 Recreational Fisheries
Arlington, VA – The Commission’s Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board approved state-by-state shares for the 2011 black sea bass recreational season in order to mitigate potential disproportionate impacts to an individual state(s) that coastwide measures may cause. The 2010 regulations resulted in a preliminary estimated harvest of 2.98 million pounds, approximately 1.15 million pounds above the 2010 target. Given that the 2010 regulations were not effective in staying within the target, coastwide harvest will need to be reduced by 37% to achieve, but not exceed, the 2011 target of 1.78 million pounds.
Under state-by-state shares the following states will need to reduce harvest by the identified amount: Massachusetts (43%), Rhode Island (37%), Connecticut (37%), New York (39%), New Jersey (40%), and North Carolina (37%). Over the next two months, states will need to submit their proposed recreational measures to meet the required reduction for technical review and Board approval. The states of Delaware, Maryland, and the Commonwealth of Virginia, whose combined harvest represent less than three percent of the coastwide total, are not required to meet any harvest reductions and have committed to maintaining 2010 measures (25 fish, 12.5 inches TL minimum fish size, and an open season from May 22 to October 11 and November 1 to December 31) for the 2011 fishery.
These required reductions apply to state waters for the 2011 fishing season only. Recreational measures for the 2012 fishing season will be coastwide unless the Board decides to change that through future management action.
Black Sea Bass – Background
- Black sea bass are a small (average size 1-3 pounds, maximum around 10), structure-dependent species which moves into bays and near-offshore waters during the warmer months and winters at or near the edge of the continental shelf. Although it is present in southern waters, for purposes of this document only those black sea bass resident between Massachusetts and Cape Hatteras, North Carolina will be considered.
- It is considered a “data-poor species” for which there is neither a population model nor a statistically valid determination of Bmsy (Bmsy is the biomass, or total weight of fish, that can support harvest of the maximum sustainable yield). Instead, a proxy for target biomass has been established, based on a three-year rolling average of the black sea bass catch in the National Marine Fisheries Services spring Northeast Trawl Survey.
- Black sea bass are a protogynous hermaphrodite, meaning that they start out life as females but that some later change sex to become males.
- Black sea bass form spawning aggregations during May and June, with the exact date of such aggregations moving later in the period as one moves north. Such aggregations are dependant on a dominant male. Should the dominant male be removed, which frequently happens as such males are generally among the first to strike a nearby bait or lure, satellite males will not take his place. Instead, a dominant female must change sex, a time-consuming process that impacts the success of the spawning aggregation.
- In 2009, a paper describing the results of a tagging study of black sea bass was released. The paper found that, north of Cape Hatteras, the species could be divided into three separate stocks. Those stocks were designated “Northern,” which includes black sea bass tagged between Massachusetts and, roughly, Moriches Inlet, New York; “Central,” which includes those fish tagged between Moriches Inlet and Maryland; and “Southern,” which includes those fish tagged off Virginia and North Carolina. That paper reinforced the findings in a 1991 study, which determined that black sea bass from the northern and southern ends of their range possess some distinct physical characteristics which can be used to determine the origins of individual fish.
- All of the stocks migrate to some extent. The northern stock black sea bass engage in the longest migrations. While most of the tag returns from the stock came from waters generally east of Moriches Inlet, there were also a significant number of winter recaptures near the edge of the continental shelf off southern New Jersey, and another lesser, but still significant, winter concentration near the shelf edge off Delaware and Maryland. Central stock fish appear to remain within a more clearly delineated area with 50 percent of the tag returns coming from an area between Cape May, New Jersey and southern Maryland, and 95 percent from an area between Fire Island Inlet, New York and Newport News, Virginia. Southern stock fish appear to make the shortest migrations of all, with 95 percent of all tag returns originating between the Virginia’s Eastern Shore and Nag’s Head, North Carolina.
- Black sea bass are managed by the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council. The Council’s SSC has designated the fish a “Level 4” species, meaning that the black sea bass stock assessment is subject to a very high level of scientific uncertainty. Such uncertainty arises out of the species being a protogynous hermaphrodite, a strong retrospective pattern regarding biomass in the stock assessment*, the use of a proxy for biological reference points, the existence of distinct regional populations, uncertainty with respect to natural mortality (particularly sex-based mortality) and uncertainties connected with the trawl survey. High uncertainty mandates a correspondingly high level of precaution when setting catch limits.
- Black sea bass are the subject of a successful rebuilding plan. The stock is fully restored, and overfishing is not occurring.
- Recreational black sea bass fisheries are prosecuted year-round when permitted by law. In late spring, summer and early fall, the fish enter shallow water, and are actively pursued by private and for-hire vessels. In some areas, bridge, pier and shore anglers can also access the resource. Early spring and late fall see migrating fish caught on wrecks and hard bottom in 60-150 feet of water by private and for-hire vessels, while the deep-water winter fishery, which occurs in depths of more than 150 feet, is dominated by the for-hire industry, although some private vessels participate.
- Commercial black sea bass fisheries are also prosecuted year-round. The spring, summer and fall fisheries see fish taken with a number of gear types, including traps, trawls and, to a limited extent, hook and line. The winter fishery, prosecuted in deep water, is primarily a trawl fishery, although some traps are also used, particularly in southern waters where the fish may be taken somewhat closer to shore.
- MRFSS (Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistical Survey) data suggests that there is substantial recreational interest in black sea bass. Over the past five years, harvest has shown only a very modest increase in the Mid-Atlantic region (although each state’s harvest may vary widely from year to year), but has risen very sharply in New England.
- Commercial harvest generally stays within the commercial quota, although there was a small overage in 2009. Recreational harvest has also generally remained within its quota, although there was a significant overage in 2009 and another significant overage expected in 2010.
- Anecdotal evidence suggests that there has been a significant increase in the number of anglers and for-hire vessels targeting sea bass in recent years, particularly in New York and New England, probably as a result of increasingly restrictive summer flounder regulations that make black sea bass a more available and thus more attractive alternative for those seeking fish for personal consumption.
- Although overall recreational harvest is significant, the number of black sea bass retained on an average trip is relatively low. More than 90 percent of trips see six or fewer fish harvested, while 97 percent of successful trips see a harvest of 10 or fewer black sea bass.
- 2011 regulations include a 25 fish bag limit, 13 inch minimum size and a season that runs from July 1-October 1, and November 1-December 31. Those regulations are more restrictive than the 2010 regulations, which included a 25 fish bag limit, 12 ½ inch minimum size and a season running from May 22-October 11 and November 1-December 31 (however, Massachusetts, a major and increasingly important harvester, has voluntarily adopted a 20 fish bag limit).
- The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is examining the possibility of regional management, and the Council is open to the possibility of such regional management leading to the liberalization of regulations in federal waters.
- The expected liberalization of 2011 summer flounder regulations may see anglers shift effort away from black sea bass back onto summer flounder. However, the likelihood of such effort shift can only be a subject of speculation at this time.
- CCA should consider a regional approach to black sea bass management. Any such management plan should have a defensible biological basis, to permit the optimum utilization of each regional stock.
- PROPOSED CCA ACTION STEP – Through its Atlantic States Fisheries Committee, CCA will design a proposed regional management system based on the stock divisions suggested by the 2009 tagging study, and promote such approach at ASMFC and the Council. CCA will develop briefing materials and sample letters for state’s to present to their Congressmen based on the following points:
§ CCA believes black sea bass should be managed on a regional basis, incorporating three regions which correspond to the Northern, Central and Southern stocks. The Northern region would be comprised of the New England states, the Central region the states between New York and Maryland and the Southern region Virginia and North Carolina north of Cape Hatteras.
§ A season closure during the spawning period is appropriate, to avoid the disruption of spawning aggregations.
§ Minimizing recreational discard mortality by maintaining a closed season during the winter months is also appropriate. Such a closure would also have the added advantage of making more fish available to the general public during the months when the greatest number of anglers are active and on the water.
§ Taking steps to assure that any winter trawl fishery that may be prosecuted in the Central region is properly regulated, with adequate protection given to such Northern region black sea bass as might reasonably be expected to be present during that time.
* Retrospective pattern regarding biomass in the stock assessment
A “strong retrospective pattern regarding biomass” means that managers crunch the numbers, or at least what few numbers they have, to estimate biomass, and come up with a figure. However, the terminal year figure in any assessment is always the weakest, and based on the least data. As more data comes in after another year or two goes by, and they crunch the numbers again. For example, in 2005, you may start with a biomass of 20 million pounds. When the 2006 data is added, it indicates that 2005 biomass was really 18 million pounds, and 2006 biomass is 19 million pounds. In 2007, with another year’s data, it now appears that 2005 biomass was 15 million pounds, 2006 was 17 million pounds and 2007 is finally back at 20 million pounds. And so on.
Normally, each year’s data refines the findings from previous years. The hope is that there is no pattern–that some previous years show higher than originally estimated numbers, and some lower, but that both hover around a trendline that essentially verifies, within reasonable error bounds, the original estimates. However, when there is a retrospective pattern, the previous years’ data, when enhanced with data from succeeding years, consistently come in higher or lower than original estimates, and thus indicate that the original estimates consistently underestimated or overestimated the size of the stock, indicating that some bias exists in the assessment model/process itself.
It is known that the biomass estimate is not 100 percent precise; there will always be some degree of error. If that error shows no trend, and is reasonably small (compared, in this case, to the “better” number obtained when additional years’ data is included in the calculation), then the assessment approach probably results in a pretty good estimate. However, if the initial year’s estimate is consistently either higher or lower than the “corrected” estimate made in later years when more data is available, then there is a “retrospective pattern” that casts doubt on the assessment. If a model consistently underestimates biomass, there’s little problem, but if it overestimates, and then harvest approaches the Overfishing Limit calculated on the basis of that overestimate, it can result in overharvesting in reality, even though the numbers indicate that harvest is less than Fmsy (Fmsy is the fishing mortality that produces the maximum sustainable yield).
Thus, the black sea bass ABC is set significantly below the OFL, to account for that and other uncertainties. If managers had taken the same approach with summer flounder in the years 2000-2005, when the same sort of strong retrospective bias was suspected, the stock would have recovered by the original deadline.
 Note that the boundary between the Northern and Central regions splits New York, so the state could logically be incorporated in either region. However, the greater number of New York tag returns occurred in the Central region, suggesting greater fishing activity, and the fishing patterns and practices in New York, particularly those of the for-hire fishery, more closely resemble those of New Jersey and other Central region states than those of New England. Thus, it would appear that, on balance, New York has more in common with the Central than the Northern region.
DNR to Allow More Netting of Spawning Fish
Seeks an Increase in Commercial Exploitation of Vulnerable Yellow Perch
January 3, 2006
Annapolis, MD– Despite overwhelming opposition at two public meetings, the DNR has again rejected the concerns of recreational fishermen. On December 23, the special interests representing commercial exploitation of the public’s resource got an early Christmas present when the DNR submitted a proposal to allow netting of spawning yellow perch in two rivers closed to such netting since 1989, the Choptank and Nanticoke.
“The DNR just doesn’t get it,” said Sherman Baynard, chairman of CCA MD’s Fisheries Committee. “They continue to manage yellow perch for commercial netters and could care less about the needs of recreational anglers. We don’t see how netting these spawners will help restore yellow perch or improve recreational fishing when we can’t even catch our five fish limit.”
CCA MD is urging all recreational anglers to take advantage of the public comment period before the proposed regulation takes effect. Two public hearings have been scheduled concerning the adoption of this proposal, the first at 7pm on Wednesday, January 25, at Tawes State Office Building, 580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, and the second at 7pm on Wednesday, February 8, at the County Commissioners Office, 501 Court Lane, Cambridge.
“This is bigger than yellow perch,” said Robert Glenn, Executive Director of CCA MD, “This is about the DNR and their appetite for serving the special interests that profit at the expense of the public’s resource. We have nobody to blame but ourselves if we don’t attend these hearings.”
The DNR’s fishery management plan for yellow perch, adopted in 2002 after years of lobbying by CCA MD, calls for the restoration of yellow perch. According to DNR, monitoring of yellow perch stocks indicate that populations are increasing in the Choptank and Nanticoke Rivers, which have been closed to commercial exploitation since 1989.
“The time has come to start managing our recreational fisheries for abundance and not maximizing commercial pounds to be sold at the dock. 2006 is going to be marked by a campaign to educate recreational anglers and voters on the DNR’s archaic fisheries management philosophy and its institutionalized bias against them,” said Bill Curry, President of CCA MD.
Written comments should be sent to Sarah Widman, Fisheries Service, B-2, Tawes State Office Building, 580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401. Ms. Widman’s email address is email@example.com.
Yellow Perch Restoration Incompatible with Commercial Fishery
November 30, 2005
Annapolis, MD –At public meetings held this week on the future of yellow perch management, Coastal Conservation Association Maryland (CCA MD) asked the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to list the yellow perch as a no-sale species. No-sale status would make it illegal to sell yellow perch in the state of Maryland. This includes the export of yellow perch which accounts for almost all of the commercial landings in Maryland.
Yellow perch fishing once signaled the start of the fishing season for thousands of Maryland recreational fishermen as they lined the shores of tributaries throughout the state. For some anglers, fishing for yellow perch meant fishing through the ice of the upper Bay during the winter months of January and February. Sadly, both of these recreational fisheries and the economic benefits they provided have all but disappeared.
Eleanore Benjamin, owner of Herb’s Tackle Shop in North East and member of CCA MD, says, “Thirty years ago, our business relied on ice fishing for yellow perch when everything else slowed down. Hundreds of anglers would venture out onto the ice for yellow perch on the weekends. Now, we’re lucky if a dozen people stop in our store.”
Commercial fishing accounts for an estimated 90% of fishing mortality on yellow perch. Recreational anglers have accepted restrictions despite the negligible impact their fishing has on the stock. CCA MD first sought an equitable split in the allocation of yellow perch between recreational and commercial users, and when that was rejected by state regulators, asked that the commercial catch be reduced with no increase in the recreational creel limit. There is currently no limit on the amount of yellow perch that can be caught and sold by commercial fishermen.
Sherman Baynard, lifelong resident of Maryland’s eastern shore and chairman of CCA MD ’s Fisheries Committee, was shocked to learn that DNR was considering allowing a commercial fishery in the Choptank and Nanticoke River systems in light of statistics that indicate expanding yellow perch populations.
“Finally, some good news for yellow perch, and the DNR responds by considering to reward the special interests,” he said. “Is the DNR’s job to protect the resource for the public or just for a few fyke netters who sell and ship their catch out of state?”
CCA MD has worked tirelessly for 8 years to restore the once abundant yellow perch population to its historic geographic range and age structure. The fishery is characterized today by its absence from river systems it use to occupy and a lack of older, larger fish. CCA MD ’s efforts have included stocking and monitoring programs and pressure on state regulators to reduce fishing mortality to give depressed stocks a chance to recover.
Bill Curry, President of CCA MD and resident of southern Maryland, grew up fishing both commercially with his family and recreationally.
“Fyke nets are terribly efficient when set in the confined headwaters of our tributaries downstream of where yellow perch come to spawn,” he said. “Shorebound recreational anglers fishing with rod and reel don’t have a chance competing with a wall of nets that block yellow perch from reaching their destination.”
“The DNR is ignoring its own fisheries management plan that calls for restoration of yellow perch. Since the DNR will not commit to a comprehensive restoration effort and is unwilling to control a commercial fishery that benefits less than 40 people with modest restrictions, we are left with no choice but to seek no-sale status”, added Robert Glenn, Executive Director of the Maryland chapter of CCA.
DNR is accepting public comment on proposed regulatory changes in yellow perch management through December 9, 2005. Submit comment to Dale Weinrich, Fisheries Service, Matapeake Work Center, 301 Marine Academy Drive, Stevensville, MD 21666, telephone 410-643-6801 x126, fax 410-643-4136, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.ccamd.org for more details
Tuesday, Nov. 9—Annual CCA MD Board of Directors Meeting, 6 p.m. Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
All members are invited. The Board will adopt the 2011 business plan and budget.
Saturday, Nov. 13—Kent Narrows Chapter “Under the Big Top” Barbecue, 1-5 p.m.
For information and tickets go to the CCA MD website, www.ccamd.org.
Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011—Ninth annual TieFest.
Join some of the nation’s top flytiers, learn casting tips, visit with friends and vendors. TieFest will once again be held at the Kent Island Yacht Club in Chester, MD. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m.
At the urging of CCA Maryland, CCA National has formally joined the Choose Clean Water Coalition, an organization of more than 130 organizations from six states and the District of Columbia formed to coordinate efforts to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The action was approved at the CCA National Board of Directors meeting in Houston last month.
“Clean water is an obvious goal for recreational anglers.” said CCA MD Executive Director Tony Friedrich. “With the loss of habitat and our natural filters, menhaden, and oysters, clean water has become even more essential to the overall health of the bay. We are pleased to join such organizations as the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, and many others in the battle for clean water.”
The Coalition has worked on the Chesapeake Clean Water and Restoration Act; holds an annual conference to discuss policy issues; maintains a website, http://www.choosecleanwater.org/cms/, to inform the public and policy makers of clean water issues; and works with local, state and federal policy makers.
The Mid-Shore Chapter is seeking volunteers to help with the annual Kids Fishing Derby it coordinates at the Waterfowl Festival in Easton Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 13-14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. During the derby young anglers under the age of 16 are provided with rods, reels, bait and guidance. Young anglers will receive a certificate and goody bag of fishing equipment from CCA MD. Shore Sportsman has donated equipment to the derby.
“This is a great opportunity to introduce young people to fishing and position CCA as an organization of recreational anglers who care about youth,” said Cy Smith, president, Mid-Shore Chapter.
Those willing to volunteer should contact Smith at 410/226-5624.
CCA Maryland becomes member of One Percent for the Planet
CCA MD has been accepted into the membership of 1% for the Planet, a unique fund raising program that encourages businesses to donate one percent of their annual sales to a non-profit environmental group.
1% for the Planet, which has been operating since 2002, includes more than 1,200 companies that are supporting the environment. Any member business can donate directly to one of the non-profit groups, including CCA MD, registered with the organization.
“This could become a great fund-raising opportunity for CCA Maryland,” said Friedrich. “Participating businesses have the chance to network with other businesses, promote themselves as a steward of the environment, and receive tax benefits. I encourage members who operate a business to consider joining 1% for the Planet and to urge business colleagues to join.”
More information about 1% for the Planet including a listing of member businesses and non-profit organizations can be found on it website, http://www.onepercentfortheplanet.org/en/.
As CCA National enters its 34th year of operation, its business plan focuses on the fundamentals that have made CCA the leading voice in marine resource conservation while exploring new areas for development. That was the message delivered at the National Board of Directors meeting last month in Houston. Ed Liccione, CCA MD vice chairman, represented Maryland at the meeting. The National Board holds three annual meetings during which national committees conduct their business.
“The recreational angling community will enter a new era in national marine resource management as a number of key issues, including National Ocean Policy and catch shares move from the policy development phase to implementation, according to national leaders,” reported Liccione. “CCA will also see a continued focus on enhancing the availability and accuracy of recreational angler data.”
Other highlights of the meeting included:
- Through the past year, CCA reaped significant benefit from working closely with a number of conservation, environmental and marine tackle organizations in dealing with key conservation issues. This multi-organizational approach will likely continue to be the dominant strategy in addressing the larger federal issues CCA faces.
- As the role of e-communication and social networks continue to increase in their reach and impact, a CCA workgroup will define the scope of our involvement and provide guidance as to best practices. We will push forward in the pursuit of a new membership system that meets our current needs and accommodates future growth.
- CCA National membership was down slightly in 2010, which is primarily due to the impact of the Gulf oil spill on Gulf States’ memberships. The cancellation of boat and trade shows along with dramatic changes in Louisiana’s STAR tournament had a big effect on memberships. However, our net income exceeded last year’s budget figure. Many of the cost saving measurers and alternate sources of revenues identified and implemented both last year and this year helped us beat our expectations and budgets. CCA will continue to look for innovative ways to both raise and save money as it deals with the uncertain economy and the remnants of the Gulf oil spill.