We're working to change who manages our fisheries

We’ve been working hard to get the best qualified candidates nominated for the upcoming appointments to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.

The 13 voting members of the SAFMC drive federal fishery management policy off the coasts of the Carolinas, Georgia and east Florida. They will decide whether fishermen have the following:

  • Over 1,000 sq. miles of additional, scientifically unjustifiable no-fishing zones or Marine Protected Areas.
  • Job killing “catch shares” schemes.
  • Unnecessary, expensive and intrusive Vessel Monitoring Systems.
  • A red snapper fishery closure that extends beyond the current four years.

The two seats up for appointment in June are open due to David Cupka (SC) being term limited and John Jolley (FL) not seeking reappointment. These seats are supposed to be designated for recreational/for-hire representation.

Last week, we asked South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Florida Gov. Rick Scott to select experienced charter boat operators Mark Brown and Robert Johnson respectively as their preferred nominees to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce for appointment to the SAFMC. Both Mark and Robert are very knowledgeable about the federal fisheries management process and understand the impacts of regulations on those that make a living from fishing.

Click here and here for the letters we sent to Governors Haley and Scott respectively.

While we are working hard to get well-qualified, reasoned fishermen appointed to the SAFMC, you can count on the Environmental Defense Fund to lobby hard for candidates that will push for their radical agenda.

EDF has poured money -- over $200,000 -- into pushing catch shares in the South Atlantic region through a surrogate group called the South Atlantic Fishermen’s Association, based in South Carolina.

EDF had the political clout with the Obama administration to get two of SAFA’s board members appointed to the SAFMC last year, where they will be in a prime position to lead a vote to impose catch shares on fishermen.

To be able to fund an effective campaign for fishing interests and against the EDF agenda of unnecessary and unjustifiable regulations that have no bearing on fishery sustainability, we need your financial support today!

Please join the CFSF as a member at the highest level that you can afford today by clicking here.

If you are already a member, please consider a higher membership level or a direct contribution.

It takes a lot of money to fund the communications, direct mail, legislative monitoring, and other expenses of an effective campaign for fishing interests. Please join our effort today by clicking here.

Thank you in advance for your support!



Tom Swatzel
Executive Director

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