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Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission

The ASMFC is an interstate compact of the 15 Atlantic coastal states which manage fisheries in state waters (shore to 3 mile line).

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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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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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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Striped bass were a hot topic at the most recent ASMFC meeting.  First, Maryland proposed a one-inch reduction in size by mandating circle hooks for the Chesapeake Bay.  Circle hooks will make an impact.  Frankly, circle hooks should be mandatory anyway.  But, these days you take conservation in any form available.  A minimal reduction in

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The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) great 2018 black sea bass debate was settled on May 3, after the four aggrieved northern states, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, proposed compromise management measures that proved acceptable to all of the affected states. The debate was rooted in a clear change in black sea

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There’s been some great science coming out about fish lately.  The findings are eye opening because scientific studies have shown us that bigger, older, and fatter female fish are better reproducers. A recent study in the journal Science supports this theory, finding that larger females produce disproportionately more eggs.  Scientists have even come up with

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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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