My name is Alan Evelyn and I’m the new Conservation Chair for the Club. My goal as the Conservation Chair is to help the club members maintain and expand their conservation activities. It is my plan to keep the membership informed on conservation issues through the newsletter, website, email, and the monthly meetings. If you have conservation items that you would like me to bring to the club’s attention, please let me know. It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that the voices of all club members are heard loud and clear about the importance of protecting our fisheries.
Currently, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) actions are favoring commercial fisherman over recreational anglers. This bias is readily seen in the NMFS proposed “Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Tunas, Swordfish and Sharks (HMS FMP) and Draft Amendment I to the Atlantic Bill Fishery Management Plan (Billfish Amendment). The proposed changes place additional restrictions on recreational anglers while allowing commercial longliners to continue with out new conservation measures. We must convince Fishery Managers that if they are serious about rebuilding the highly migratory species fishery then they must get serious and restrict longlining in all US waters. Even if you do not fish offshore it is important that you voice your opposition to HMS FMP and the Billfish Amendment. These proposals contain a dangerous precedent of closing stressed fisheries to recreational access, but allowing unrestricted commercial harvest. If NMFS is successful in applying the strategy of excluding or restricting recreational access to this offshore fishery, it is only a matter of time before they try the same strategy on the inshore fisheries as well. Please voice your opposition to HMS FMP and the Billfish Amendment and let your elected officials know: I FISH AND I VOTE!
Members from New York should write to:
The Honorable Charles Schumer
United States Senate
229 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Members from New Jersey should write to:
The Honorable James Saxton
339 Cannon House Office Building
1st Street & Independence Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20515
All members should write to:
Assistant Secretary Terry Garcia
US Department of Commerce, NOAA
14th & Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20230
It is imperative that as recreational anglers, we take an active and vocal role in protecting our fisheries. PLEASE WRITE TODAY
Please feel free to talk to me at the meetings or contact me at by email:aevelyn(at)brooklyn(dot)cuny(dot)edu.