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  It’s high time we organize By Capt. John McMurray Let me be honest.  I’m a little angry.   Angry about one instance that’s probably best not to go into here (although it can’t hurt to include the link).  But more broadly, angry that what’s likely majority of the recreational fishing community has been misrepresented, or

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  Western Long Island Sound fishing tournament kicks ass for marine conservation   September 28th, 29th and 30th.  Put it on your calendar.   The first Tightlined Slam tournament to benefit the Marine Fish Conservation Network will be occurring at Wilson Cove Marina in Norwalk, CT. Captains’ Meeting, September 28 at 7:00pm.  Rules will be

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  When is rains, it pours in the Chesapeake Bay By Tony Friedrich   Right now, the Chesapeake region is experiencing unprecedented rains.  In May, Ellicott City experienced a “once in a thousand-year flood,” for the second time in two years.   July 2018 saw the most rain for that month on record. Between July 19

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On Wednesday, July 11, the United States House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 200, the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act.  As we’ve written on a number of occasions, H.R. 200 is a bad bill, legislation that, if it becomes law, would substantially weaken the conservation and stock rebuilding provisions

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Photo courtesy of Northeast Fisheries Science Center – NOAA By Tony Friedrich   If you follow this blog, you probably know by now that the writers stand united against H.R. 200, the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act. We’ve written extensively about this deeply flawed legislation to make all of you

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    This legislative session (the two-year 115th Congress, 2017-2018) has been a busy one for federal fisheries policy, with relevant legislation being introduced and moving through the Committee process in both the House and the Senate. But the bills have seemed to have hit a stalling point. When that point breaks and things begin

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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 States of Massachusetts and Rhode Island announced on May 23 that they will be going into contract negotiations for 1200 megawatts (MW) of ocean wind farm power generation. The Block Island Wind Farm pilot project, the first ocean wind farm in the nation, with five turbines is 30 MW.  So by comparison these projects

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There’s something in the wind that’s good for recreational fishing. According to the recreational fishing community, it is ocean wind farms. Ocean wind farms have and will continue to create fishing opportunities for anglers and above all will reduce pollution that harms fish and our environment. Wind farms create artificial reef structure that is habitat

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