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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).

Weakfish may be the most beautiful fish of the mid-Atlantic coast. They have a long, slender body topped by a dark, greenish back that quickly fades to bright silver sides overwashed with lavender tones. The fins, particularly in larger individuals, are yellow, giving the overall impression of a fish the color of sunrise. The weakfish’s

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The American eel, with its long, sinuous, snake-like body, may be one of the most easily identifiable fish of the Atlantic coast.  But what is truly remarkable about the eel is not its shape, but its life history. Eels are one of the few catadromous fish—fish that live out their lives in fresh and brackish

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Alewife

The species known as shad and river herring are managed by the ASMFC Shad & River Herring Management Board. Each of the species involved in this plan are anadromous which means they spend most of their lives at sea but return to freshwater to spawn, usually in the spring. Shad Mostly, when ASMFC refers to

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 “Coastal Sharks” is a term used by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) to describe a complex of 41 diverse species, ranging from the small and inoffensive Florida smoothhound through the predatory white shark and on up to the whale shark, the largest fish that swims, which feeds only on plankton. The National Marine

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The spiny dogfish is a small, schooling shark of the genus Squalus that is frequently encountered when fishing in cold and temperate waters.  Their name comes from the two thick spikes that adorn the leading edge of each dorsal fin.  When caught, the dogfish will contort its muscular, flexible body in a defensive effort that

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Black sea bass are small (<10 lbs.) structure-dependent fish, which support important commercial and recreational fisheries throughout the Mid-Atlantic and in southern New England. Black sea bass abundance in the northern end of its range has skyrocketed in the last several years.  This may be due to warming waters that have come with climate change,

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When measured in pounds, more Atlantic striped bass are harvested by US recreational anglers than any other recreational target species. Volume of catch, however, does not accurately represent how important striped bass are to not only recreational anglers, but also to the US economy. Striped bass are sleek, powerful, gorgeous animals. The body is mostly

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Summer flounder are a medium-sized flatfish abundant in the Mid-Atlantic region, which support important recreational and commercial fisheries in states between Massachusetts and North Carolina. Distribution has varied quite a bit over the years. Back in the 90s, when size limit was 14” and the stock was undoubtedly depleted, the center of abundance was off

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Back in 1953, one of the founding directors of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute described bluefish as “perhaps the most ferocious and bloodthirsty fish in the sea, leaving in its wake a trail of dead and mangled mackerel, menhaden, herring, alewives, and other species on which it preys.” Bluefish look the part of an apex predator,

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The scup is a migratory, schooling member of the porgy family, which is most frequently caught in the waters between Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The center of abundance is located off eastern New York. Scup are relatively small, laterally compressed fish with a silhouette not too different from that of a

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