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).
- WORST OF BOTH WORLDS Management Body: Federal Fisheries, Legislation - Support of H.R. 200 adds insult to injury… In January of 2017, Representative Don Young (R-AK) introduced another bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. If you’re a real virgin to all of this, the “Magnuson Act” More ›
- New England Fishery Management Council Update – Meeting: December 5-7, 2017 Management Body: MAFMC, NEFMC - The New England Fishery Management Council met in the Viking Hotel in historic Newport Rhode Island in mid December. As always; Team Fissues was in attendance and the following are the highlights we feel our readers need to know: Atlantic More ›
- Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council/Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, December 2017 Joint Meeting Recap Management Body: ASMFC, MAFMC - The Council met Monday through Thursday of last week. On day one, there was a first “framework” meeting for a possible change to the Council’s “Risk Policy”. While this is undoubtedly complicated and wonky, the Council’s “Risk Policy” can best More ›
- US House Natural Resources Committee “marks up” some MSA related legislation. Management Body: Federal Fisheries - The following legislative update is provided by our colleagues @ the Marine Fish Conservation Network This past Wednesday, we saw the full House Natural Resources Committee markup two fisheries-related bills: Rep. Young’s MSA reauthorization bill, HR.200 and Rep. Graves’s RED SNAPPER bill, HR.3588. More ›
- “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 ›