News & Opinion for Conservation Minded Anglers
The ASMFC is an interstate compact of the 15 Atlantic coastal states which manage fisheries in state waters (shore to 3 mile line).
The NEFMC is responsible for the conservation and management of fishery resources between 3 & 200 miles of the Atlantic coasts of ME, NH, MA, RI & CT. Management of some species overlaps with the MAFMC.
The MAFMC is responsible for the conservation and management of fishery resources between 3 & 200 miles of the Atlantic coasts of NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA & NC. Management of some species overlaps with the NEFMC.
This section will cover all federal offices, agencies & actions related to fisheries including US Congress, NOAA Fisheries, NOAA Highly Migratory Species (HMS), National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS), and the Greater Atlantic Regional Fishery Office (GARFO).
- “MODERN FISH ACT”… NOT SO MODERN… Management Body: Legislation - Supporters of the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act try and unify anglers around the bill… But it sure as hell ain’t good for most of “us” By Capt. John McMurray First snow on the ground yesterday, so it’s not a More ›
- Why are people still complaining about the National Ocean Policy? Management Body: Federal Fisheries - A congressional hearing increases fear that we may lose an important management tool It’s been pretty close to a year since we started hearing rumors that the new Administration wanted to revoke the National Ocean Policy. For sure, some folks More ›
- Federal Fisheries Update – November 2018 Management Body: Federal Fisheries - The reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) continues in both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. Here are updates on recent activities. U.S. House of Representatives. The Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans of More ›
- THIS IS WHAT I’M THANKFUL FOR… Management Body: ASMFC, Federal Fisheries, Legislation, MAFMC - 2017 was a good year, but in the end, it can all go away pretty easily Let me be clear about something... I’m not done by any means. The stripers are still going, and for sure I’ll get a few, More ›
- WITH MENHADEN, HERE’S WHAT WENT DOWN Management Body: ASMFC - While things didn’t work out like we hoped they would, there is reason for hope… Having spent the last two days at the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Menhaden Management Board meeting, we are of course disappointed at the More ›
- WITH MENHADEN, INDUSTRY ARGUMENTS JUST DON’T MAKE SENSE Management Body: ASMFC - Next week, will ASMFC heed common sense and on-the-water experience? Last week, we received a brief release from the Menhaden Fisheries Coalition, titled National Wildlife Federation Revives Menhaden Myths with Latest Petition. The Menhaden Fisheries Coalition describes itself as “a More ›
- THIS IS WHAT I DO… AND THIS IS WHY I DO IT… Management Body: ASMFC, MAFMC, News - Maybe the recreational fishing experience is more important than we think it is Let me preface all this by saying that I’m not a great dad. At least I’m not as good of a dad as I always thought/hoped I would More ›
- WITH STRIPED BASS, HERE WE GO AGAIN… Management Body: ASMFC - As another attempt to increase harvest at the expense of angler opportunity unfolds, it’s imperative we stay engaged I know… this is getting tiresome. Every six months or so, it seems like there is another attempt to “liberalize” regulations – More ›
- North East For-Hire Sector Surprised by Mandatory Electronic Reporting Management Body: ASMFC, MAFMC, NEFMC, News - Back in September; the Greater Atlantic Regional Office of NOAA Fisheries (GARFO) announced mandatory electronic reporting requirements effecting ANY FOR HIRE VESSEL that fishes under a federal permit and is endorsed to catch certain Mid Atlantic Council managed species. Many New England More ›
- ON THE DISDAIN FOR ABUNDANT FISH STOCKS Management Body: Federal Fisheries, Legislation - Editor mocks fly fishermen, light-tackle anglers, and everyone else who benefits from “abundance." Last week we stumbled across what seemed like a somewhat useful piece from The Fisherman Magazine titled ALPHABET SOUP: TOP 25 FISHY ACRONYMS. The intent at first More ›