NOAA Fisheries Denies Longline Permit in E. Florida Closed Zone Decision Delivers Victory for Conservation and Anglers Alexandria, VA – September 7, 2018 – The recreational fishing and boating community is applauding the decision by NOAA Fisheries to deny an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) that would have allowed pelagic longline (PLL) vessels into the East Florida Coast Pelagic Longline Closed Area. “Angler conservationists can breathe a sigh of relief that the longline EFP application is no longer a threat to…

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Calendar of Events Sept. 9-12 / Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL Sept. 13 / South Florida Water Management District Governing Board Meeting, West Palm Beach, FL Sept. 17-21 / South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, Charleston, SC Sept. 26-27 / Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Tallahassee, FL Oct. 2-4 / 2018 Lionfish Summit, Cocoa Beach, FL Oct. 4 / Water Resources Analysis Coalition (WRAC) Public Forum, West Palm Beach, FL Oct. 9-12 / 2018 American…

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Modern Fish Act – Take action today The Modern Fish Act will improve access to America’s federal waters and promote fisheries conservation. Your U.S. Senators will be casting a key vote on this bill, so please make sure they hear from you today! Rather than continuing to manage recreational fishing in the same way as commercial fishing – much like the proverbial square peg and the round hole – this comprehensive package will provide federal officials with the tools and data…

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The Everglades still need your support The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers submitted the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir plan to Congress for authorization. It must be approved in 2018 if we expect real progress to be made and avoid a costly two-year delay before construction can begin. The U.S. Senate is expected to vote soon on this year’s Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which has already passed the House. This legislation will determine the future of Everglades progress for…

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ASA shows support for Harmful Algal Bloom Bill On Tuesday, Sept. 4 the American Sportfishing Association, and our conservation partners sent a letter to Representative Brian Mast (R-18-FL) showing their support forH.R. 6645, the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act of 2018. The bipartisan bill reauthorizes the National Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Program and the federal Interagency Task Force, which expires on Sunday, Sept. 30. It also adds the Greater Everglades to the focus of the…

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