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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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Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY-1) sponsored the amendment on an approved House appropriations bill that prohibits the Coast Guard and NOAA Fisheries from enforcing a moratorium on striped bass in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) surrounding Block Island, Rhode Island. This House approved amendment is bad for the fish and fisheries management.  Block Island Sound fishermen

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On March 1, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued emergency measures intended to protect the shortfin mako shark from continued overfishing.  The measures became effective on March 2. Prior to the new rule, no size or trip limits restricted the directed shark fishery, which included shortfin makos, although vessels that held an Incidental shark

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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.

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Back in September; the Greater Atlantic Regional Office of NOAA Fisheries (GARFO) announced  mandatory electronic reporting requirements effecting ANY FOR HIRE VESSEL that fishes under a federal permit and is endorsed to catch certain Mid Atlantic Council managed species. Many New England based charter boats, some who don’t even realize they are supposed to have a federal

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