The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) became the major fishery management organization on the Atlantic Coast. In 1998, it became clear that CCA – the largest marine fishery conservation organization in the U.S. – would need to work with the ASMFC to affect the management of critically important Atlantic species. CCA created the Atlantic States Fisheries Committee as a subcommittee of the National Government Relations Committee. It is comprised of dedicated CCA volunteers working within the ASMFC system for better Atlantic fisheries management.
The CCA Atlantic States Fisheries Committee decides annually which species under ASMFC management are priorities. Representatives from the committee attend management board meetings and technical committee meetings. Attendance in this meeting process is critical to fully understand the biology and management of each particular species. The CCA Atlantic States Fisheries Committee then formulates goals for each species FMP and works with the ASMFC to implement them through state organizations and agencies.
Charles A. Witek III of New York, is the CCA Atlantic States Fisheries Committee Chairman. Richen Brame serves as the CCA Atlantic States Fisheries Director and staff member for the committee.
CCA Atlantic Fisheries Director
Brame is a member of the Operations Team for the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) developing the nuts and bolts of the new data gathering program. He is also the liaison between the Operations Team and the Registry Team that is defining what the angler registry must encompass and what the states must do to comply with it.
Brame holds BS and MS degrees in Fisheries and Wildlife Science from North Carolina State University and worked for several conservation groups before coming to CCA. He served as the first executive director for CCA in North Carolina, from 1989 to 2000 and achieved notable fisheries management goals including passage of the Fisheries Reform Act of 1997. Under his watch CCA NC also successfully banned the use of fly-net trawls in the Atlantic to conserve dwindling gray trout stocks, banned shrimp trawling on weekends in inside waters, and outlawed the use of gill nets in a dozen high-use recreational fishing areas.
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