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Federal Fisheries

This section will cover all federal offices, agencies & actions related to fisheries including US Congress, NOAA Fisheries, NOAA Highly Migratory Species (HMS), National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS), and the Greater Atlantic Regional Fishery Office (GARFO).

US Capital Building

The following legislative update is provided by our colleagues @ the Marine Fish Conservation Network  This past Wednesday, we saw the full House Natural Resources Committee markup two fisheries-related bills: Rep. Young’s MSA reauthorization bill, HR.200 and Rep. Graves’s RED SNAPPER bill, HR.3588. In the beginning of the markup, Rep. Young offered an Amendment in the Nature of a

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Supporters of the Modernizing ­Recreational Fisheries ­Management Act try and unify anglers around the bill… But it sure as hell ain’t good for most of “us” By Capt. John McMurray First snow on the ground yesterday, so it’s not a stretch to say that things are, more or less, done on the fishing front of

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US Capital Building

The reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) continues in both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. Here are updates on recent activities. U.S. House of Representatives. The Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans of the Natural Resources Committee has jurisdiction over the MSA. Chairman Lamborn (R-CO) has held a

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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

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Editor mocks fly fishermen, light-tackle anglers, and everyone else who benefits from “abundance.” Last week we stumbled across what seemed like a somewhat useful piece from The Fisherman Magazine titled ALPHABET SOUP: TOP 25 FISHY ACRONYMS. The intent at first seemed to be to bring some clarity to the mess of words/acronyms regularly used in

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Selling your tuna under the radar or without the proper permits screws us all As we get into the thick of tuna season right now, and plenty of “large-medium” and “giant” class bluefin tuna are being caught by anglers around Cape Cod, and “small mediums” as well as good-sized yellowfin in the New York Bite,

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How NOAA Keeps America Fishing By Rip Cunningham I tend to be a “less is better” kind of guy when it comes to government. The exception is the management of natural resources like America’s sustainable fisheries. Fishing has been my profession and passion for almost all my life. Having been a part of the recreational

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White House

US Commerce Appointments to New England & Mid-Atlantic Councils On June 28, 2017 the US Commerce Department announced appointments to the 8 regional fishery councils. The Magnuson Stevens Fishery & Conservation Act established the Councils to do the detailed work of regional fishery management. Technically, the councils develop and amend fishery management plans in federal

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  Some may be cheering the Secretary of Commerce’s decision to overrule ASMFC on summer flounder, but in the end, Jersey may have really screwed us If you are a regular reader, you likely know the controversy surrounding summer flounder (aka fluke).  And I’m guessing your probably up to speed on the striped bass situation

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