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).
  • Alewife Stock Assessment Update: River Herring Remain Depleted Though Improvements Have Occurred Management Body: ASMFC - The following Press Release comes directly from ASMFC...this is the latest information on the status of River Herring stocks on the East Coast: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, AUGUST 3, 2017 PRESS CONTACT, TINA BERGER, 703.842.0740 Alexandria, VA – The Atlantic States More ›
  • The More You NOAA… Management Body: Federal Fisheries - How NOAA Keeps America Fishing By Rip Cunningham I tend to be a “less is better” kind of guy when it comes to government. The exception is the management of natural resources like America’s sustainable fisheries. Fishing has been my More ›
  • White House Retiring Government Employees Replacing Stakeholders Highlight 2017 Appointments to North East Fishery Councils Management Body: Federal Fisheries, MAFMC, NEFMC - US Commerce Appointments to New England & Mid-Atlantic Councils On June 28, 2017 the US Commerce Department announced appointments to the 8 regional fishery councils. The Magnuson Stevens Fishery & Conservation Act established the Councils to do the detailed work More ›
  • Thanks New Jersey… Management Body: ASMFC, Federal Fisheries -   Some may be cheering the Secretary of Commerce’s decision to overrule ASMFC on summer flounder, but in the end, Jersey may have really screwed us If you are a regular reader, you likely know the controversy surrounding summer flounder More ›
  • And That’s Why It’s So Good… Management Body: MAFMC - NOAA Fisheries approves the Mid Atlantic Council’s “Unmanaged Forage” Amendment, ensuring future recreational fishing opportunities, like the one we’re experiencing now… By Capt. John McMurray If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know that we’re having probably the More ›
  • NEFMC June Meeting Recap (The Codfather & Corals) Management Body: NEFMC - The New England Fishery Management Council met in Portland Maine Between June 20 & 22. The agenda for the week had two items that would be of special interest to many readers. First; the Groundfish Committee agenda included a discussion about More ›
  • Why Menhaden Matter… Management Body: ASMFC - As numerous “50s” are being caught off of the coast of New Jersey, it’s pretty darn clear… By Capt. John McMurray If you are a striper fisherman, unless you’ve taken some sorta sabbatical from social media, I’m guessing you’ve heard More ›
  • The Straight Dope on Squid Management Body: MAFMC - Localized depletion and bycatch are real and need to be addressed If you fish at all really, you know that just about everything eats squid. Fluke, striped bass, black seabass, scup, weakfish, bluefin and yellowfin tuna, billfish, mahi… I could More ›
  • Squid Management Body: MAFMC - Squid are an important component of the marine ecosystems of the East Coast, serving as forage for a wide variety of inshore and offshore fish, birds and marine mammals. They also support a substantial commercial fishery, and are widely used More ›
  • ASMFC Finds New Jersey Out of Compliance Management Body: ASMFC - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 1, 2017 PRESS CONTACT, TINA BERGER, 703.842.0740  ASMFC Finds New Jersey Out of Compliance with Addendum XXVIII to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass FMP  Arlington, VA – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission More ›