CCA Louisiana Honors Garret Graves as Conservationist of the Year

FROM CCA Louisiana, 02/25/16 Share Share

The Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) of Louisiana is excited to announce that it will honor U.S. Representative Garret Graves with the 2016 Jerry Stone Conservationist of the Year. The award, to be presented during the CCA Louisiana State Convention on February 26, is the highest conservation award given by the organization each year.

“Garret Graves has been a champion for conservation since being elected to Congress in 2014, and before that during his service in state government,” said CCA Louisiana CEO David Cresson. “As an outdoorsman himself, Garret truly understands the importance of good stewardship and sound fisheries management, and these principals shine through in his work in Louisiana and on Capitol Hill.”

As a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Graves introduced the Gulf States Red Snapper Management Authority Act in 2015, legislation that would transfer management of Gulf red snapper away from the federal government to the five Gulf States. His bill, which enjoys the bipartisan support of nearly 30 Members, would transfer red snapper management authority away from today’s ineffective federally run program to a more sustainable, data-driven management organization led by the five Gulf States. The move to state-based management would ensure the long-term sustainability of the fishery, yield more frequent stock assessments and improved regional collaboration in the collection and use of timely fishery data and would improve access to red snapper for recreational anglers across the Gulf South, while ensuring protection of access for the commercial fishing industry.

“We have a lot of work to do,” Graves continued, “from preserving our cultural heritage through wetlands restoration and protection efforts to ensuring we are sustainably managing the treasured public resource of coastal fisheries so our kids and grandkids can experience the joy angling. I’m excited to continue our progress.”

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