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May 2017

CCA Texas applauds resolution for state management of red snapper

Texas lawmakers send strong message for course change on chaotic fishery

In a resounding display of frustration with the federal government’s handling of the red snapper fishery in the Gulf of Mexico, the Texas Legislature recently passed House Concurrent Resolution 105 (HCR 105), encouraging the U.S. Congress to pass legislation or adopt policies allowing the State of Texas to manage the fishery out to 200 nautical miles. Led by Reps. Dennis Bonnen (R-District 25) and Dade Phelan (R-District 21), the resolution breezed through the legislative process this session. Continue Reading

Hearing to review progress on rigs-to-reef program

Increased reefing of offshore energy platforms critical to Gulf habitat

WASHINGTON DC – The House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources will hold an oversight hearing on May 17 entitled “Reviewing Recent State Successes with the Rigs to Reefs Program” that will examine how well such programs are working to allow energy companies to transform outdated structures into valuable marine habitat. Invited to present on various aspects of the program are Dr. Greg Stunz, Endowed Chair, Fisheries and Ocean Health, Director, Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation, and Professor of Marine Biology Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies and Dale Shively, Artificial Reef Program Leader for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

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Coastal Advocacy Adventures Podcast – Episode 15: Gulf Coast Outdoors and Kitty’s Purple Cow

What’s the best way to wrap up a surf fishing trip? Well, at Kitty’s Purple Cow of course! In this episode we sit down with Paul Thorburn and Andrew Bruhl of Gulf Coast Outdoors at Kitty’s Purple Cow in Surfside Beach to discuss Gulf Coast Outdoors, surf fishing, the power of social media, the topwater bite, school interfering with fishing, kayaking and the Gulf Coast fishing culture. Ms. Kitty even joins in the fun to tell us about her awesome establishment.

CCA testifies before Congress on red snapper fiasco

CCA testifies before Congress on red snapper fiasco
Three-day season in 2017 marks new low in federal management of popular fishery

Washington, D.C. – May 2, 2017 — On the same day that NOAA Fisheries announced the shortest recreational red snapper season in history, Mark Ray, chairman of CCA Texas, was testifying before a Congressional hearing on dismal federal management of the fishery in the Gulf of Mexico. Ray told the House Subcommittee on Interior, Energy and the Environment, chaired by Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), that red snapper is a man-made fishery management disaster.

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