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Entries in oil spill (11)


Your Help Needed to Ensure Gulf, Delta Restoration

In two letters to Congress, more than 650 fishing, hunting, and outdoor sporting businesses and organizations have stepped up to help restore the Mississippi River Delta and the Gulf Coast.

Have you?

If not, please do it now. Click here to tell your senators and representatives to support the RESTORE Gulf Coast Act, to ensure that fines paid by BP and other companies go where it is supposed to go --- to restoration.

Without passage of the act, greedy politicians could divert the money to the general fund, where it will disappear into a black hole of waste and political favors.

“The delta has suffered years of damage and is being lost at an alarming rate—a football field of land disappears every hour,” said Land Tawney of Vanishing Paradise (VP).

“The oil spill added insult to injury for this area and the entire Gulf region. Now is the time for Congress to pass the RESTORE Act, to ensure that oil spill fines reach the Gulf, where the latest round of damage was done.”

VP reports that a bipartisan poll this spring showed that 83 percent of voters nationwide support—and 69 percent strongly support—dedicating the Gulf oil spill penalties to restoring the Mississippi River Delta and Gulf Coast. The poll also showed that an overwhelming majority of conservative voters favor this proposal, including 76 percent of Republicans, and 78 percent of voters who agree with the Tea Party movement.

“Restoring the Gulf and the Mississippi River Delta is an important issue for all sportsmen,” said Mike Iaconelli, 2003 Bassmasters Classic champion.

“Those of us who hunt or fish need to step up and show we care about this issue. The disappearing Mississippi River Delta is not a problem we can’t fix, and Congress has a chance to do what’s right for the Gulf Coast. Now is the time for them to take action.”


Your Help Needed to Ensure Restoration of Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi Delta

As we know all too well, politicians love to spend money --- other people’s money.

Right now, some in Congress are looking enviously at money that should go to restoration of the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi Delta. In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, that’s why BP and other companies paid more than $20 billion, and that’s where the money should be spent.

Yet some representatives and senators would like to put that money into the general fund, which is a black hole of waste and political favors. During these tough economic times, and especially during this election year, these politicians are more concerned about their own careers than they are about doing what’s right.

We can’t let that happen.

That’s why leaders from sportsmen’s groups across the country are going to Washington, D.C., and that’s why your help is needed.

Before our spokesmen get there next week to meet with politicians, please contact your elected representatives and senators, asking them to support the bi-partisan RESTORE Act, which will ensure funds are spent on Gulf and Delta restoration.

“We want to ring their phones and raise awareness for this issue so that when the one-on-one meetings happen next week, they’ll say, ‘Yeah, I’ve been getting calls on this,’” says Recycled Fish’s Teeg Stouffer, one of those going to Washington.

The Vanishing Paradise website can provide you with more information about this. Click “Take Action” for assistance with sending a message or making a phone call.

Also, check out these videos:

Why the RESTORE Act and Gulf restoration are important, no matter where you live.

Fish Schtick interview with Vanishing Paradise spokesmen.

Restoring the Mississippi River Delta.


Congressional Action Needed to Guarantee Proper Use of Oil Spill Money

You would think that it would be a given that money paid as penalties by BP for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico would go for recovery of the environment and economy in that area.

But that would be too direct and sensible for those who govern us. Without Congressional action, 100 percent of the billions of dollars in penalties will go into the general treasury. And from there . . . Who knows? Maybe to a solar plant in California or a cowboy poetry festival in Nevada.

That’s why passage of the RESTORE the Gulf Coast Act (H.R. 3096) is so important. It specifies that 80 percent of the Clean Water Act penalties be used for restoration of the Gulf Coast environment and economy.

A companion bill in the Senate has passed out of committee and now awaits a full vote on the floor.

“The RESTORE the Gulf Coast Act represents a thoughtful, fair and state-centric approach that balances both environmental and economic considerations,” said Mike Nussman of the American Sportfishing Association.

“In addition to the bill’s focus on habitat restoration and business recovery, ASA supports the inclusion of a funding mechanism for fisheries data collection and research. Recreational fishing opportunity in the Gulf and throughout the nation faces numerous threats from natural disasters to ever-increasing regulations. It is critically important that we invest in short- and long-term fisheries data collection to help gather the science needed to properly manage fish stocks.”


Support Restoration of Gulf Fisheries, Communities

Tell your representatives and senators in Congress to support the 2011 RESTORE the Gulf Coast Act (S. 1400).

When enacted, the bill would direct critical funding to the Gulf of Mexico region to help improve fisheries habitat and data collection, as well as revitalize coastal communities.

“ASA fully supports the 2011 RESTORE the Gulf Coast Act,” said Mike Nussman, president and CEO of the American Sportfishing Association.

 “The combination of the biological impacts and the public’s perception of the extent of those impacts caused severe economic harm to the region. We applaud the Senators for their leadership and urge Congress to move swiftly to pass this legislation which will help bring back the local economies and allow us to restore habitat and better understand the Gulf’s fisheries and their habitat.”

RESTORE the Gulf Coast Act allocates a portion of the funds equally to the five Gulf Coast states for ecological and economic recovery, and establishes the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council to develop and fund a comprehensive plan for the ecological recovery and resiliency of the Gulf Coast.

The act also establishes an endowment that includes funding for needed fisheries stock assessments and ecosystem monitoring.

Click here to view a fact sheet of the bill.

Also, click here or on the poster to learn about the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.


Anglers Recommend Actions for Improving Gulf Fishery

Captain Sammie Faulk, my guide for a great trip out of Lake Charles. We caught reds, trout, and flounder. Click on photo to go to his website.

In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, concerned sportsmen groups have produced a report with recommendations for restoration of the Gulf of Mexico’s fisheries, fish and wildlife habitat, and economy following last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

“This report enables policymakers to frame decisions informed directly by recreational anglers – one of the most important stakeholder groups in the Gulf,” said Whit Fosburgh, president and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP). “We took the time with our partners to forge specific recommendations representing the strong consensus of recreational anglers throughout the region.”

According to the TRCP, recreational fishing in the Gulf of Mexico contributes $41 billion in economic output in the Gulf Coast region annually and supports more than 300,000 jobs.

“As awful as this crisis and its fallout have been, an opportunity exists to reset some of our fisheries management and habitat protection practices in the Gulf with targeted investments that should have been taken before the spill,” said Ken Haddad of the American Sportfishing Association.

The TRCP report “presents recommendations on habitat restoration and improvement, both inshore and offshore, such as research on sargassum beds and the creation of new reefs. It offers guidance on improving fishery monitoring, data collection, and research management, such as funding more frequent full new stock assessments.

“The report also addresses the impacts on recreational fishing businesses, along with angler interest and confidence, and advises how to publicly promote fishing in the region as well as how to remove impediments to fishing.”