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Now, more than ever, commercial and recreational fishermen, seafood dealers and wholesalers, restaurants, and others that rely on fishing, are being economically hurt by unjustifiable federal fishery regulations.

Just last Thursday, Council for Sustainable Fishing President Wayne Mershon and I attended the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council meeting in Wilmington, NC to oppose 600 sq. miles of additional no-fishing zones or Marine Protected Areas that are being proposed off the coasts of the Carolinas, Georgia and east Florida without any scientific justification. Click here for Wayne’s comments to the SAFMC.

The fishing industry has been impacted by an unprecedented growth in job killing regulations affecting the region’s coastal economy, and more are on the way unless we effectively unite to fight back!

For example, from 2007 to 2012, snapper-grouper fishing effort and landings from all sectors combined in the South Atlantic region plunged by nearly 40 percent and 35 percent respectively.

In just three years, from 2009 to 2012, a combined total of 16 fishery management plan and regulatory amendments and interim rules affecting the snapper-grouper fishery were approved.

In comparison, during the first 25 years of the South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Management Plan, from 1983 to 2008, a combined total of 20 plan and regulatory amendments and interim rules were approved.

And the critically important red snapper fishery has been closed for nearly four years, with no end in sight, hurting countless fishermen and related businesses.

To protect jobs, the coastal economy, and the availability of fresh domestic seafood to consumers, the Council for Sustainable Fishing needs your financial support today! We’re a nonprofit fishing advocacy group that depends on membership dues and contributions to operate. Please join as a member at the highest level that you can afford today by clicking here.

We’re off to a great start, generating considerable media coverage of our efforts. Click here for the coverage.

Radical environmental groups are pushing hard, with a well-funded effort, for even more unnecessary and overly burdensome regulations like more MPAs, expensive and intrusive Vessel Monitoring Systems, and catch shares schemes that reduce a commercial fishermen’s life’s work to “shares” that can be bought and sold like a commodity on Wall Street and have been proven to hurt fishing communities by wiping out jobs.

We need your membership today to be able to fund an effective advocacy campaign for fishing interests and against unnecessary and unjustifiable regulations that have little bearing on fishery sustainability. It takes a lot of money to fund the communications, direct mail, legislative monitoring and other expenses of an effective campaign. Please join our effort today by clicking here.

Thank you in advance for your support!


Tom Swatzel
Executive Director

P.S. It will take a united effort of both commercial and recreational fishing interests to succeed in reining in unnecessary fishery regulations. Help us today by clicking here and joining our effort!

Contributions or gifts to the Council for Sustainable Fishing are not tax deductible as charitable contributions. However, they may be tax deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses.

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