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Gill Net Ban Passes Alabama Legislature

Postby David » Fri May 09, 2008 1:27 pm

With only two legislative days left in the regular session, the Alabama Legislature passed and sent to Governor Riley a proposal that will eliminate gill nets in Alabama. The proposal creates an immediate voluntary buyout that conservation officials believe will eliminate 80% of gill nets within the first year of implementation. For gill netters who do not participate in the first year, it will prevent them from transferring their gill net license in the future, require them to personally be on the boat at all times when their license is being used, and bans all out of state gill netters from fishing in Alabama waters.

“This action is a major step forward in our campaign to ban gill nets in Alabama. Our mission from day one has been to protect Alabama’s fish resources and this proposal will make a significant, immediate impact. We appreciate key members of the Alabama Legislature such as Representative Jamie Ison, Speaker Seth Hammett, Senators Trip Pittman, Lowell Barron and Pat Lindsey who labored long and hard to hammer out this agreement. We also commend Representative Spencer Collier who was a tough adversary, but also fair in helping reach a resolution that will protect our fish resources and local economy,” stated Grey Cane III, State Chairman for CCA Alabama.

It appeared that efforts to ban gill nets were dead this year after the Alabama Senate killed the first 25 legislative days with a lengthy filibuster, but CCA legislative allies were able to get unanimous consent to move the gill net ban. At that point, CCA officials negotiated for more than a week with the opposition before an agreement could be reached that would significantly reduce the use of gill nets in Alabama waters. That agreement passed the House and Senate on the next to last day of the session.

“The legislature is a tough process to pass anything that has any controversy. But on the 26th legislative day, CCA members from across the state burned the phone lines up to Montgomery and backed down several legislators who tried to block our efforts. One Senator in Mobile who was an obstacle received more than 200 phone calls in one morning from CCA members. He had promised to start a filibuster, that would have killed our bill, but after he heard from hundreds of saltwater fishermen he quietly sat down and allowed our bill to move forward. That is what can happen when CCA members get active and work together to protect our fish resources,” Cane continued.

State Chairman Grey Cane thanked all CCA members from across the state for their involvement in this legislative effort, but he singled out for special praise CCA members Edwin Lamberth, Chair of the CCA Government Relations Committee and Manning McPhillips, State Chairman Emeritus who he says literally spent hundreds of hours working to ensure passage of the gill net ban.

“This is a huge victory for our fish resources, our saltwater fishermen, the local economy of South Alabama and for all of Alabama. We look forward to using this successful legislative effort as a springboard to stay involved and continue to work to protect our resources, and work to improve the resources for the Great State of Alabama,” Grey Cane concluded.
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Postby davidflorida » Tue May 13, 2008 10:38 am

FLORIDA DID THAT AND THE FISH STOCKS HAVE REBOUNDED NOW IF WE COULD GET RID OF BIG SUGAR POLLUTING THE WATER . FEDS SUPPLEMENT FOR BIG BUSINESS BULL crap
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Postby David » Tue May 20, 2008 2:42 pm

The Governor signed the bill.

Over the weekend Governor Bob Riley signed into law our gill net ban that will phase out gill nets on Alabama’s coast. We commend Governor Riley for recognizing the importance of this legislation. This is an important first step in seeing that our fisheries and resources are protected for future generations, and positions us in a way to continue building on this momentum moving forward. We wouldn’t have been successful in our endeavor, which has been a long, hard process, without the dedication and determination from our members in seeing the passage of this bill.

We also thank the bill’s sponsors, Rep. Jamie Ison and Sen. Pat Lindsey for their leadership, as well as Senator Barron, Senator Pittman, Rep. Jackson, Rep. Davis and Rep. Hammett for working tirelessly to see the passage of this legislation. Also, our thanks go out to the entire Baldwin and Mobile County delegations, including Rep. Collier for his efforts to reach and defend a compromise.

The bill mandates that no new commercial or recreational gill net licenses can be issued to anyone under any circumstances. It also phases out existing license holders, and, for commercial fishermen, gives them a financial incentive to surrender their license through a voluntary buy-out program. In order to qualify for the buy-out, a commercial fisherman must apply for the buy-out and surrender his or her license by March 1, 2009. If a commercial fisherman surrenders his or her gill net license, he or she is not eligible to receive another one at any time. The bill also bans transfers of the licenses by those who do not participate in the buy-out. Therefore, if one elects to retain his or her license, he or she cannot transfer it to anyone, and the license ends with the licensee. Thus, in several years, there will be no commercial or recreational gill netters in the State of Alabama. The bill also bans all out-of-state residents from obtaining a commercial gill net license. It also bans out-of-state residents from providing a boat, motor, net, or other fishing equipment to an in-state resident to engage in gill net fishing.

With the passage of this important legislation, we have proven that CCA-Alabama has the resources, commitment and will dedicate whatever time necessary to see that we continue to protect our coastal resources. We thank you for your dedication to CCA-Alabama and we look forward to building on this great accomplishment as we move forward.
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