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).
- Surprising MSA Compromise at the Southern New England Recreational Fishing Symposium Management Body: Federal Fisheries - On January 26 in Warwick, the Rhode Island Salt Water Anglers Association (RISAA) hosted its third Southern New England Recreational Fishing Symposium. The event was attended by representatives of many RISAA member clubs, affiliate clubs, management bodies, ENGOs and more. More ›
- AT ASMFC’S FEB MEETING, HERE’S WHAT WENT DOWN Management Body: ASMFC - Striped bass in Maryland, menhaden in VA, and regional management for black seabass By Capt. John McMurray While there were many issues discussed, and action taken on several different species at last week’s ASMFC meeting, the below are what we More ›
- WITH MENHADEN, THEY’LL ALWAYS JUST WANT MORE… Management Body: ASMFC - Virginia files an appeal, because apparently, 80% of a public resource is not enough By Capt. John McMurray Last November, the ASMFC Menhaden Board met with the intention of finalizing Amendment 3 to the Atlantic Menhaden Fishery Management Plan. We More ›
- CHESAPEAKE BAY MENHADEN IN JEOPARDY Management Body: ASMFC - If Commissioners don’t do the right thing next week, we risk immense localized depletion By Tony Friedrich Several of weeks ago, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, received a letter from John Bull, Virginia ASMFC commissioner stating, “Virginia hereby appeals More ›
- ATTENTION CONSERVATION-MINDED ANGLERS – RIGHT NOW, WE NEED YOUR HELP Management Body: Federal Fisheries, Legislation - Powerful industry groups claiming to represent “us” are hell bent on allowing overfishing once again… We can’t let it happen Let me be frank… Most of us pay little attention to what goes on in DC, at least not as More ›
- DOES THE CENTER FOR SPORTFISHING POLICY REALLY REPRESENT US? Management Body: Federal Fisheries, Legislation - We say, definitively, NO! As much as folks want to complain about the federal government, our founding fathers were geniuses. They developed a system of government that is designed to move slowly through arduous checks and balances. The pendulum does More ›
- 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 ›