Lead Ban Reversed For National Lands & Waters

Today, on his first day on duty, Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued two secretarial orders which expand access to public lands and increase hunting, fishing, and recreation opportunities nationwide. These orders deliver on promises made by both President Donald J. Trump and Secretary Zinke to expand access to America’s public lands. The action…

California MPA Meetings Upcoming

Join California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Ocean Protection Council, and Ocean Science Trust to explore the State of the California South Coast. During the week of March 20-24, local ocean community members are invited to attend a series of community gatherings held throughout the South Coast region (Pt. Conception to the California/Mexico border, including offshore…

Senators Weigh in on Billfish Conservation Act

Conservationists and anglers are praising a bill filed yesterday by U.S. Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) that seeks to clear the way for full implementation of a landmark law to raise protections for billfish. The Billfish Conservation Act (BCA) was lauded when it was signed into…

Last-Minute Lead Tackle Ban Shocks Angling Community

Last-Minute Lead Tackle Ban Shocks Angling Community Coastal Conservation Association is joining partners in the recreational angling, boating and tackle community to call on new leadership at the Service to rescind Order No. 219 and work to develop instead a science-driven policy with input from stakeholders. “This is clearly not the way to make policy,…

CCA CAL Update

  John Ballotti Appointed to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee The Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere has appointed John Ballotti to a 4 year term on the 20 member Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (MPA FAC) to represent the interests and perspectives of recreational anglers. John is a member…

Sportsmen’s Groups Rally Against A Ban On Pacific Bluefin

  Earlier this year environmental organizations filed a petition to ban all fishing, including sportfishing, for bluefin tuna off the Pacific Coast. Taking exception, several conservation organizations representing anglers along the Pacific Coast and across the nation joined together to submit official comments to NOAA Fisheries opposing listing Pacific bluefin tuna under the Endangered Species…