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Gulf Council Begins to Act on Call for Reallocation

GULFPORT, MS – The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has taken a long-awaited first step toward addressing outdated allocations between the commercial and recreational sectors in the grouper and red snapper fisheries. During its meeting this week in Gulfport, the Council voted to begin an amendment on grouper allocations, and to review red snapper allocations and transferability options at its next meeting in April.

RFA Calls For End to Directed Ocean Net Fishery of Striped Bass

February 10, 2011 - Two staggering fish kills by commercial trawlers fishing out of Oregon Inlet are just the tip of the iceberg as the state of North Carolina continues to promote fishing practices for Atlantic striped bass that are not only wasteful but filled with loopholes that encourage unreported landings.

Pure Fishing Acquires Sebile Fishing Lure Business

Columbia, SC — Pure Fishing, Inc., a leading global provider of fishing tackle and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Jarden Corporation, today announced that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of the Sebile fishing lure business from Sebile International SA and its subsidiaries, a global supplier of fresh and saltwater fishing lures marketed under the Sebile® brand name.

Sporting Groups Nationwide Applaud EPA Plans to Study Bristol Bay’s Fish and Wildlife Resources

Sioux Falls, SD – Hunting and angling interests around the country have mobilized in recent years to protect the waters and lands of southwest Alaska’s famed Bristol Bay region. These groups are applauding today’s announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the agency is planning an assessment of the Bristol Bay watershed to better understand how future large-scale development projects may affect water quality and Bristol Bay’s salmon fishery. EPA initiated this assessment in response to concerns from federally-recognized tribes and others who petitioned the agency in 2010 to assess any potential risks to the watershed.

Anglers’ Group Files Suit Over New No-Fishing Zones

SACRAMENTO -- After losing the battle to keep prime fishing waters open during California State Fish and Game Commission meetings, the Partnership for Sustainable Oceans (PSO) -- a group representing California recreational anglers and boaters -- filed a lawsuit Jan. 27 to invalidate newly approved South Coast Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

Freeze-Triggered Coastal Fishing Ban Extended to Monday

Concerned about potential pillaging of speckled trout, redfish and other coastal game fish crowded into harbors, channels and other deep-water sanctuaries to escape frigid temperatures, Texas state fisheries officials extended until noon, Monday, a closure of some areas along the coast to all fishing.

State to Close Spotted Seatrout Harvest Due to Cold Stun Events

MOREHEAD CITY – North Carolina will close all coastal waters to commercial and recreational spotted seatrout harvest for an indefinite period beginning at noon Friday.

Update on Gulf of Mexico Spill

ASA continues to work with Congress and the Administration to ensure that economic relief efforts in response to the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster include recreational fishing-dependent businesses and are as efficient and effective as possible.

Berkley Awards Collegiate Anglers for Conservation Ideas

Collegiate anglers participating in the 2009 BoatU.S. Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship were presented the opportunity to submit entries for the Berkley Conservation Institute Collegiate Angler Of-The-Year awards.

Corrections Issued to Washington Sportfishing Rules for 2009-2010

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has issued corrections to the recently published 2009-2010 Fishing In Washington Sportfishing Rules Pamphlet.