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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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By Tony Friedrich   The Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council met jointly with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission on August 15 to discuss bluefish management.  The Bluefish Allocation Amendment was initiated in December of 2017.  It seeks to address some concerns in the fishery including goals of the bluefish fisheries management plan, quota transfers,

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  At the August 2018 Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission meeting, here’s what went down By Capt. John McMurray As is the case with most ASMFC meetings, a lot happened.  However, in the interest of simplification, we’re going to restrict this summary to what we think is critically important to anglers. Number one on that

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  Western Long Island Sound fishing tournament kicks ass for marine conservation   September 28th, 29th and 30th.  Put it on your calendar.   The first Tightlined Slam tournament to benefit the Marine Fish Conservation Network will be occurring at Wilson Cove Marina in Norwalk, CT. Captains’ Meeting, September 28 at 7:00pm.  Rules will be

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On March 1, the National Marine Fisheries Service adopted emergency regulations to protect shortfin mako sharks, after a new stock assessment conducted by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) indicated that the species was severely overfished, and undergoing very severe overfishing. Such emergency regulations increased the minimum size limit for shortfin

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Black sea bass, summer flounder and red snapper will likely be impacted first by new MRIP data “I can’t understand… we’ve got 350,000 anglers in New York not 900,000.” said the caller from New York when questions opened up during the July 13, 2018 webinar about the revised Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) estimates. New

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  When is rains, it pours in the Chesapeake Bay By Tony Friedrich   Right now, the Chesapeake region is experiencing unprecedented rains.  In May, Ellicott City experienced a “once in a thousand-year flood,” for the second time in two years.   July 2018 saw the most rain for that month on record. Between July 19

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On July 11, H.R. 200,the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act passed the House of Representatives. The vote on the House floor was disappointing but close –  as this partisan bill passed by a vote of 222-193.  To see a breakdown of how Members voted, go here. As we have told

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