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  1. surfman

    Hi, Had a hard time getting back on.

    I had a tough time too, but was finally able to get back connected. Welcome back.
  2. You’re Invited To Attend . . . The Coastal Conservation Association of Florida Tampa Chapter’s 34th Annual Banquet & Auction Thursday, April 11, 2019 T. Pepin Hospitality Center 4121 N. 50th Street Tampa, FL 33610 Silent Auction and Cocktails begin at 6:00 p.m. Banquet-Style Dinner and Live Auction at 7:30 p.m. Corporate/Group Tables available Contact Zack Batley at [email protected] It’s that time of year again. Our 34th Annual Banquet and Auction is sure to provide plenty of excitement. As always, our raffle and silent auction will be packed with great items that can be had for some really great deals along with some fantastic live auction items and exotic trips as well. There will literally be something for everyone. All proceeds raised will help to continue CCA Florida’s leading role as the premier non-profit organization dedicated to conserving and protecting Florida’s valuable marine resources. Without your continued support, these resources will become memories of the past. Join us for an exciting evening of Food, Fun, and CCA Florida Fellowship Invitations are available at www.ccaflorida.org click on Events and then Banquets Find our banquets in April. Any Questions Please PM Me. Thanks.
  3. surfman

    Tampa/hillsborough Cca Happy Hour

    Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 5:00pm to 7:00 pm at; Coppertail Brewery 2601 E 2nd Ave. Tampa, FL 33605 Mark your calendar and plan on joining your friends and fellow CCA members at the Coppertail Brewery for The CCA Tampa Happy Hour hosted by Socius Foundation. Come enjoy a beer and some appetizers on us! Please RSVP so we can get an idea on how many are attending, we don't want to run out of anything. Special Thanks to The Socius Foundation and the Coppertail Brewery for making this possible. If you need additional info please feel free to contact Zack. Thanks for your support of CCA Florida and I look forward to seeing you at the event. Sincerely, Zack Batley Coastal Conservation Association Florida [email protected] 813-943-8993
  4. Good job guys, I am sorry I could not help that week end. Keep up the good work.
  5. The Tampa Chapter of CCA Florida banquet is SOLD OUT! If you did not pre-buy and were planning to walk up the night of please don't we may have to turn you away. We simply had a better than expected turn out of pre-bought tickets and can only accommodate so many people. Thanks for your support and if you missed it this year don't worry, we will do it again next year at about this time again.
  6. surfman

    Cca Tampa Chapter Annual Banquet

    The Banquet is SOLD OUT! Thanks to all that have purchased tickets to the event, this year looks to be a good one too. See you there.
  7. surfman

    The Best Whole Hog Country Sausage Ever

    I love it!
  8. surfman

    Economic Impact

    This has been beat to death but still worth looking at and wondering just what the heck is going on with the Gulf Council. The economic impact of recreational vs commercial fishing, attached articles for your reading enjoyment. http://www.joincca.org/articles/763 http://www.saltwatersportsman.com/and-winner-is?src=SOC&dom=fb#page-2
  9. surfman

    8 Days For Red Snapper

    Well it is not official yet but the council is considering an 8 day season for the recreational (private boat fisherman) red snapper take and a 48 day season for the charter for hire sector. And to add insult to injury they council is claiming that the CFH sector did not meet their quota last year, under by 30% and, are already considering another open season for them later in the year.
  10. surfman

    Cca Tampa Chapter Annual Banquet

    SOLD OUT! Thanks!.
  11. surfman

    Why We Won't Be Seeing Red Snapper......

    I wouldn't say no one cares, CCA has been working non-stop on this issue and many more related issues for the last 30+ years. The NMFS is dedicated to making sure the commercial industry gets everything they want though. It is an up hill battle for sure. Our Gulf resources need to be managed by our state resource managers and not the Federal Government who is out of touch with what the states really need.
  12. surfman

    Anybody Want To Help Us Help Fwc?

    Virtually everyone in these booths is a volunteer volunteering their time (except maybe the vendors), please come out and say hi and who knows you might even find a good deal or too, a new boat may be in your future.
  13. surfman

    Anybody Want To Help Us Help Fwc?

    The FWC puts up a great booth each year and has a lot of good info to share. Thanks guys! I would but I will be working the CCA booth.
  14. surfman

    Sector Seperation Arguments In Court (A40)

    The case is not settled yet so this report is somewhat vague, more to come on this.
  15. For immediate release Email: [email protected] Sector Separation on Trial U.S. District Court hears CCA arguments against Amendment 40 NEW ORLEANS (10-28-15) – Coastal Conservation Association made its case today against Amendment 40 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico during oral arguments in U.S. District Court in New Orleans. CCA has been a vocal opponent of NOAA Fisheries’ action to create a new charter/for-hire sector in the red snapper fishery and reserve a significant percentage of the recreational quota solely for its use. “After oral arguments today, we are hopeful that the Court will set aside the agency’s highly controversial management plan for Gulf of Mexico red snapper,” said Mitch Brownlee, chairman of CCA National. “In forcing this unpopular plan through the management system, NOAA Fisheries ignored overwhelming public opposition to appease certain for-profit stakeholders at the expense of the angling public. This is clearly not the way to manage public marine resources.” Amendment 40 was narrowly approved by the Gulf Council in October 2014 and resulted in a private-boat recreational angling season of just 10 days in 2015, compared to 44 days for the new charter/for-hire sector. The commercial sector, which already operates under a privatized system known as a catch share program, is allowed to fish year-round. CCA filed suit in United States District Court shortly after Amendment 40 was signed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce in April 2015. “There is a high degree of dissatisfaction overall with NOAA Fisheries’ management of this fishery,” said Bill Bird, chairman of CCA’s National Government Relations Committee. “In pursuing this particular amendment, the agency overstepped its authority and expended tremendous time and resources pursuing a highly controversial plan at the behest of a relatively few stakeholders. We believe our legal arguments will carry the day and erase this unfortunate chapter in red snapper management.” Frustration over federal management has spurred growing support for legislation to transfer responsibility for the red snapper fishery to the Gulf States. A hearing was held last week in the House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans on HR 3094, the Gulf States Red Snapper Management Authority Act sponsored by Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.) and 28 bi-partisan co-sponsors. The fish and wildlife management agencies of all five Gulf states have submitted letters in support of HR 3094. There is no timetable yet for the judge to render a ruling in the case.