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  It’s hard to believe but the holidays are upon us.   We are going to ask you for one favor before you plunge head-first into a turkey coma.  On October 4th, , NOAA issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking to open the EEZ around the Block Island Transit Zone for striped bass harvest. Team

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    By Capt. John McMurray   At last month’s Council meeting there were a handful of issues that likely concern anglers, but at the top of the list is the Council’s Chub Mackerel Amendment. The purpose of such amendment is to “consider” adding Atlantic chub mackerel to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squids, and Butterfish Fishery

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  Last month U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced three major developments in American offshore wind energy that set the table for fishermen engagement through public comment on plans. Input sought on South Fork Wind Farm construction and environmental plans Like bees buzzing around their hive, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) staff

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What went down with striped bass at ASMFC, and the larger picture By Capt. John McMurray   As is usually the case, we report on things that go down in management meetings which are likely to concern anglers.  In regards to last week’s Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Meeting, there was one dominant angler related

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It’s time to fight By Tony Friedrich     On October 4, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) posted an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) regarding fishing for striped bass in the EEZ around Block Island. This move kicks off a process that could have devastating consequences for the future of the striped bass resource.

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  It’s high time we organize By Capt. John McMurray Let me be honest.  I’m a little angry.   Angry about one instance that’s probably best not to go into here (although it can’t hurt to include the link).  But more broadly, angry that what’s likely majority of the recreational fishing community has been misrepresented, or

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The Stage is Set for a Showdown in February   By Tony Friedrich As you are probably aware, striped bass management is getting hit from all sides.  The newest stock assessment will be ready in February 2019.  In the meantime, some states are thinking it might be a good idea to lower the biological reference

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By Charles Witek   The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) imposed emergency regulations on the shortfin mako shark fishery in early March, and is now considering new, permanent rules to help protect the declining mako population.  However, in state waters, the new rules do not apply to all anglers. That’s because NMFS generally does not

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Atlantic herring are not doing well. A recent stock assessment revealed a population in sharp decline.  Recruitment—the number of new fish entering the population—has fallen to historic lows over the past five years.  In response, the New England Fishery Management Council (Council) recommended capping 2018 harvest at the same level as the actual 2017 harvest,

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The Council and Commission met in August, here’s what went down By John McMurray The Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council met jointly with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission August 13 to August 15th.  As is usually the case, quite a few things happened.  But for this summary, we will try and focus on those

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