About Fissues.org

News & Opinion By & For Conservation-Minded Anglers

Saltwater anglers care about the health of marine resources, but we often avoid getting involved in conservation and management of recreational fisheries because fishery management has become so darn hard to understand and almost impossible to follow!

Fissues.org is your one-stop hub for information on the species you like to target and how they are managed. We take the complicated fisheries management decision-making process and boil it down to the basics that average anglers can understand. Part news and part opinion, Fissues.org culls out the noise and provides the essential information needed to stay up-to-date on Northeast fisheries management. We also give you tips and guidance to more actively participate in conserving marine resources important to all of us.

We organize information into the four venues for Northeast fishery management:

  • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC)
  • New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC)
  • Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC)
  • Federal Fisheries: Congress, Secretary of Commerce, and NOAA Fisheries

Originally created by Captain John McMurray of New York and Captain Patrick Paquette of Massachusetts in 2017, Team Fissues has evolved to include a small group of well-known recreational anglers spread across New England and the Mid-Atlantic who have over 200 years combined experience interacting with fishery management. Fisheries management is not a spectator sport. We have joined together to protect the sport and resources that we love. We invite you to join us!

Team Fissues:

  • Tony Freidrick
  • John McMurray
  • David Monti
  • Patrick Paquette
  • Charles Witek