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December 27, 2017

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CCA California Update

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2017 Highlights

 

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Hatcheries

CCA California is Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute's sportfishing community partner, not only with their current seabass hatchery program, but also with their effort to include halibut. This year CCA California and Hubbs organized the collection effort and captured the current halibut broodstock. CCA California also assisted Hubbs in contacting individuals and organizations who have helped fund the beginnings of a halibut hatchery research effort at the Hubbs facility on Mission Bay. We are also working closely with the CCA California White Seabass Committee, made up of the leaders from the various grow-out facilities. CCA provides the liability insurance for each grow-out facility, runs their semi-annual meetings and among other things - helped organize a survey of the grow-out facilities to document the huge involvement by anglers in the program.

Artificial Reefs

The state of California continues to put new artificial reef projects on hold. CCA California has spent hundreds of hours in 2017 in an effort to encourage the state to change their position. We will continue to push on this so that California will once again not only allow, but encourage artificial reefs and the important habitat they provide.

Represent Interests of the California Saltwater Angler

  • Bluefin
    The environmental community tried to get the pacific bluefin listed as an endangered species. If successful, they would have accomplished nothing for the pacific bluefin, as so few are caught in US waters, but they would have created a limit of 0 bluefin for California anglers. CCA California played a major role in creating the 15-page, single-spaced document that was the primary argument against the listing. This was done in partnership with the ASA, Coastside and CSF.

  • Appointments
    Part of the CCA playbook is to get sportfishermen involved in the process of fishery management. This is often called the ""no fun yet critically important part of the process."" CCA California has been successful in gaining CCA California member appointments to the Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC), MAFAC, ORHEP (white seabass hatchery program advisory committee) and MPA FAC (the national marine protected area board).

  • Drift Gill Nets & Longlines
    Seems hard to believe that in this day and time these issues are still with us, but they are. CCA California is working with partners, including the IGFA, Wild Oceans and ASA to eliminate drift gill nets, and for them to not be replaced by longlines.

  • Marine Monuments in California
    CCA California worked with others to prevent this from becoming a reality. If it had succeeded as envisioned by the environmental community, it could have totally closed the Osborne and Tanner banks.

  • State Funding
    A recent study showed that the CDFW receives over $125 million in revenue from sales of angler and hunter licenses and permits ($83 million), and excise tax allocations ($42 million). These monies are to be spent on sportsmen, but the CDFW spends only $64 million related directly to recreational fishing and hunting. The remaining $61 million may or may not be directly related to fishing or hunting. This is an issue that we plan to look into more closely to try and understand what is actually happening to our money.

 

Modern Fish Act

Marine recreational anglers and boaters are eager to see this landmark legislation move through the House and Senate and signed into law.

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Halibut Broodstock Program

CCA CAL in association with Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI) is working to provide both white seabass and halibut for release into the local waters.

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