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Capt. Lucas Bissett appointed to NOAA Fisheries task force

Tuesday, April 21, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matt Smythe
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AFFTA is pleased to announce the appointment of Louisiana fly fishing guide and AFFTA Board member Capt. Lucas Bissett to NOAA Fisheries' Recreational Electronic Reporting Task Force. Bissett hails from Slidell, Louisiana where he also started the St. Bernard Parish Black Mangrove Project. The Task force will fall under the direction of NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee.

Charged with improving recreational fishing data collection to maximize sustainable fishing opportunities, the 11-member task force will evaluate and make recommendations on marine resource policies.

“I am honored to have been chosen for this task force,” said Bissett. “I am excited to get to work helping to create new and innovative methods of recreational data collection and shape education around bolstering participation in these programs.”

“AFFTA is very pleased to see the creation of this task force,” said Ben Bulis, AFFTA president. “Improved data collection is an integral part of effective fisheries management and a priority in our own marine fisheries policy recommendations.

To have a passionate, well-informed advocate like Lucas working to ensure the sustainable future of the saltwater species we love is going to make the task force’s recommendations that much stronger. And to be able to say that Lucas is also an AFFTA Board member makes me extremely proud. The fly fishing industry leads by example.”

You can read the full press release from NOAA here >>



 AFFTA guides the sustainable growth of the fly fishing industry through trade development and stewardship. We accomplish this by advocating for the industry and empowering our members to improve their businesses through collaboration, education and building community; along with advocating for healthy fisheries and engaging our members and partners to support protection, restoration, and access.