Big cuts coming for bluefish, scup and black seabass dodged a bullet.
Bluefish are overfished, and scup and black seabass face more cuts A lot to process coming off this meeting. And just about all of it has to do with the new MRIP data recalibration. MRIP – Marine Recreational Information Program – is the recreational fishing data-gathering program that employs in-person, telephone and mail surveys to
Offshore wind farms are coming, how they work out for us largely depends on us… By Capt. John McMurray Indeed, we’ve written here and elsewhere on offshore wind-power development. Specifically, on the potential for wind-turbines – dozens, maybe well over one-hundred – placed in designated areas off our coast. Generally, we have been in support
By Capt. John McMurray After a canceled meeting in February due to the federal government shutdown, on March 6th and 7th the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council met jointly with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, to review the 2019 Summer Flounder Benchmark Stock Assessment, and to subsequently complete specifications and decide on recreational management measures.
By Capt. John McMurray As is usually the case, we report on all management meetings relevant to the conservation-minded fishing community. While there were many issues addressed at this meeting, striped bass was of course at the forefront, with menhaden a close second. Before getting to those two issues, it’s important to note changes in
What various news outlets are reporting isn’t entirely accurate By Capt. John McMurray Frankly, we’ve been ignoring all of this up to now, because, the version of the Modern Fish Act that passed, and the way it was passed, is well, kinda inconsequential – to us anyway. But the reporting on the subject? It’s been,
We all need to weigh in on Draft Amendment 8, and we need to do it now! By Capt. John McMurray A lot of us have been fortunate enough to have been in it when stripers were crushing big 8- to 10-inch sea herring. Those readers who’ve been around for a while know exactly what
Photo by Angelo Peluso The Council met this week, here’s what you should know By Capt. John McMurray There were really only three agenda items during this meeting that are of importance to anglers. Although before getting to those, we want to point out that during the Law Enforcement Committee report on Tuesday, a NOAA
ASMFC met April 30th to May 3rd, here’s what went down By Capt. John McMurray The Spring 2018 Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) meeting took place last week, and of course, we were there. While there were a number of topics discussed, and actions taken, in the interest of simplification and providing readers with
As the reduction industry fights to take more fish in the Chesapeake, things get muddied By Capt. John McMurray To those of us who fish, it seems so darn obvious. If you take a HUGE amount of what by all accounts is a critically important forage source for, well, just about everything, out of a