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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).

  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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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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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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