Anglers' Group Battles Lawsuit by Environmentalists

December 2004

The Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) has taken action to prevent a lawsuit filed by the Ocean Conservancy from unraveling a compromise agreement governing two areas in the Gulf of Mexico. The compromise, hammered out by the CCA, the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in 2003, allows anglers to troll for highly migratory species on the surface while restricting bottom fishing for stressed gag grouper stocks in the Madison-Swanson and Steamboat Lumps areas off the Florida coast. CCA has intervened in the lawsuit on the side of NMFS. For more information, visit www.joincca.org.