By Capt. John McMurray After a canceled meeting in February due to the federal government shutdown, on March 6th and 7th the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council met jointly with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, to review the 2019 Summer Flounder Benchmark Stock Assessment, and to subsequently complete specifications and decide on recreational management measures.
The MAFMC is responsible for the conservation and management of fishery resources between 3 & 200 miles of the Atlantic coasts of NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA & NC. Management of some species overlaps with the NEFMC.
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
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
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,
Photo by Angelo Peluso The Council met this week, here’s what you should know By Capt. John McMurray There were really only three agenda items during this meeting that are of importance to anglers. Although before getting to those, we want to point out that during the Law Enforcement Committee report on Tuesday, a NOAA
A stock assessment confirms what we already knew; now the Council needs to do something about it If you have any real history on the water in the Mid Atlantic, you know, quite well… Mackerel stocks ain’t what they used to be. Yes, there seem to be some fish from Cape Cod North, but even
The New England Fishery Management Council met in the Viking Hotel in historic Newport Rhode Island in mid December. As always; Team Fissues was in attendance and the following are the highlights we feel our readers need to know: Atlantic Herring: The big news coming out of the December NEFMC meeting was the vote to
The Council met Monday through Thursday of last week. On day one, there was a first “framework” meeting for a possible change to the Council’s “Risk Policy”. While this is undoubtedly complicated and wonky, the Council’s “Risk Policy” can best be described as policy articulating how much risk they want to take given the best
2017 was a good year, but in the end, it can all go away pretty easily Let me be clear about something… I’m not done by any means. The stripers are still going, and for sure I’ll get a few, hopefully more than a few, more cracks at them. And, I’m pretty sure, or at
Maybe the recreational fishing experience is more important than we think it is Let me preface all this by saying that I’m not a great dad. At least I’m not as good of a dad as I always thought/hoped I would be. I have two 8-year-olds. Yes, twins. A boy and a girl. They are awesome.