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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

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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

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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

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A stock assessment confirms what we already knew; now the Council needs to do something about it If you have any real history on the water in the Mid Atlantic, you know, quite well… Mackerel stocks ain’t what they used to be. Yes, there seem to be some fish from Cape Cod North, but even

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With fish and fishing, where exactly are we headed? By Captain John McMurray Let me preface all this by saying, I love aquariums. Particularly the New York Aquarium in Coney Island.  It’s iconic.  And the staff there is awesome.  Riverhead, with its native saltmarsh display is a close second.  And Monterey?  Supper cool.  Especially the

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On March 6, the Richmond Times Dispatch reported that the bill from Governor Northam to keep the Virginia reduction fishery in compliance was killed by the House of Delegates. Omega Protein, a major political donor in Virginia, is fighting a ruling that gave them an 8% increase in quota because it also limited the amount

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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” governs how we manage fisheries in federal waters (outside of 3 miles from the coast). You

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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 be described as policy articulating how much risk they want to take given the best

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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 stretch to say that things are, more or less, done on the fishing front of

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