Dear Fellow Fishermen, Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Our CCA members met in Montgomery yesterday before the House Committee that held a public hearing on HB 566 that will ban the commercial use of gill nets in Alabama. We are proud to report that because of your hard work, we were successful in getting the bill moved out of committee with favorable passage. Special thanks go to Edwin Lamberth, Manning McPhillips and Captain Dan Kolenich who testified in front of the House Agriculture and Forestry Committee.
Over the next week, it's going to be critical that you contact your state representative and ask that they vote in support of HB 566. You can find the name and a link to your representative's contact information here. The gill net ban will ensure that we protect Alabama's marine resources for our economy and for future generations. We expect the net ban to come before the full House as soon as next week, so please call your representative today.
CCA members presented strong scientific evidence yesterday that supports the ban of gill nets and the effect they have on our state's fish population. Economic impact information, scientific studies, media reports, letters from scientists and other information was shown to the committee. If you would like to see the materials presented in yesterday's House meeting, please click here.
The public hearing put us in a great position to move this important bill once it reaches the House floor, but we will only be successful by flooding our representatives with calls. Please let us know the responses you are receiving from your calls so that we can determine which areas we need to focus more of our efforts.
Coastal Conservation Association of Alabama