7/2/13 – CONGRESS HEARS “FLEXIBLITY” PLEAS FOR RED SNAPPER

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July 2, 2013 – The House Natural Resources Committee met in Washington DC on Thursday, June 27th to address red snapper management in the Gulf of Mexico with one word spoken more than just about any other except ‘snapper’ itself and that’s flexibility! The first witness panel included members of state and federal agencies responsible for managing coastal fisheries, with … Read More

6/26/13 – RED SNAPPER WARS COME TO WASHINGTON

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June 26, 2013: One week after the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) agreed to push back a decision on new quota recommendations in the red snapper fishery until July 17, the House Natural Resources Committee has scheduled a full oversight hearing Thursday on The Management of Red Snapper in the Gulf of Mexico under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation … Read More

6/13/2013 – MAFMC Overturns ‘Punitive’ Recreational Measures

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June 13, 2013 – The Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) this week approved an Omnibus Recreational Amendment to evaluate alternatives to the accountability measures (AMs) currently in place for the recreational Atlantic mackerel, bluefish, summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass fisheries. The successful vote by Council in favor of removing general in-season closure authority from NOAA Fisheries and … Read More

2013 RFA Bass River Tourney

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June 11, 2013 – While the imminent arrival of Tropical Storm Andrea may have scared off a few anglers, she was no match for older sister Sandy and couldn’t put a damper on the very first annual RFA Bass River Summer Flounder Tournament in New Jersey. Hosted by Viking Yachting Center and Breezes Bar & Grill on the Bass River, … Read More

5/23/2013 – Congress Hijacks ‘Freedom To Fish’

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May 23, 2013 – RFA said Obama set to sign new law protecting dam anglers in the Midwest in time for Memorial Day weekend. On May 21, 2013, the United States Senate voted by Unanimous Consent to pass the federal Freedom To Fish Act Of 2013.  The following day, the legislation was delivered to the President for his signature. Before … Read More

5/16/2013 – RFA Charges NOAA With Violating Federal Law

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May 16, 2013 – The Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) today sent a letter to National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Southeast Regional Administrator Roy Crabtree, along with several key members of Congress, charging the federal fisheries agency with violating federal law. (Click here to download a PDF version of RFA’s letter.) “Dr. Crabtree recently took a position against the Gulf of … Read More

5/14/2013 – RFA-NJ & South Jersey Anglers Claim Drag Island Victory

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May 14, 2013-  South Jersey surfcasters have claimed victory at Drag Island this week after learning that efforts to preserve access rights to this historic Somers Point walk-up hotspot have proven successful. The Drag Island Access Preservation Association (DIAPA), together with the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) and its New Jersey chapter (RFA-NJ), was informed this week by Sen. Jeff Van … Read More

5/7/2013 – Day 1 Of ‘FISH BUZZ BINGO’ Ends With EDF Cocktail Party

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May 7, 2013 – With the first day of the three-day Managing Our Nation’s Fisheries conference ending in Washington DC today, many attendees are now on their way to an evening reception in the East-State Room at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel presented by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). According to the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA), the first day of the conference, … Read More

5/5/2013 – Play RFA’s Fish Buzz Bingo

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May 5, 2013 – The third Managing Our Nation’s Fisheries conference is being held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 7-9, 2013 in Washington, DC.  Conference organizers boast how the “conference follows up on the highly successful Managing Our Nation’s Fisheries conferences held in 2003 and 2005,” which Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) translates as more of the same boring, tedious and … Read More

5/2/2013 – RFA Bass River Tournament

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RFA TO HOST SUMMER FLOUNDER TOURNAMENT JUNE 8 Attention all New Jersey anglers and RFA members, be sure to pick up an entry blank for the first ever RFA Bass River Summer Flounder Tournament to be held on Saturday, June 8th at Viking Yachting Center on the Bass River in New Gretna, co-sponsored by Breeze’s Bar & Grill on the … Read More