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  • White House Retiring Government Employees Replacing Stakeholders Highlight 2017 Appointments to North East Fishery Councils July 25, 2017 Species: - 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 More ›
  • And That’s Why It’s So Good… July 14, 2017 Species: Unmanaged forage plan - NOAA Fisheries approves the Mid Atlantic Council’s “Unmanaged Forage” Amendment, ensuring future recreational fishing opportunities, like the one we’re experiencing now… By Capt. John McMurray If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know that we’re having probably the More ›
  • The Straight Dope on Squid June 2, 2017 Species: Squid - Localized depletion and bycatch are real and need to be addressed If you fish at all really, you know that just about everything eats squid. Fluke, striped bass, black seabass, scup, weakfish, bluefin and yellowfin tuna, billfish, mahi… I could More ›
  • Squid June 2, 2017 Species: Squid - Squid are an important component of the marine ecosystems of the East Coast, serving as forage for a wide variety of inshore and offshore fish, birds and marine mammals. They also support a substantial commercial fishery, and are widely used More ›
  • On Being A Council Member May 23, 2017 Species: - Tough decisions that benefit the “public trust” come with the territory By Capt. John McMurray For the last 9 years I’ve served on the Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council - one of 8 regional federal fishery management Councils - holding More ›
  • Chub Mackerel Scoping Questions and Suggested Responses April 28, 2017 Species: Chub mackerel - In the scoping document, the Council poses several relevant questions. Here’s how we are suggesting readers answer them when providing public comment. How should the Council evaluate potential conflicts between the commercial chub mackerel fishery and recreational fisheries for large More ›
  • Chub Mackerel Hearing Schedule April 28, 2017 Species: Chub mackerel - Chub Mackerel Hearing Schedule Thursday, May 4, 2017, 7:00-9:00 pm. Kingsborough Community College, room V-219. 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY, 11235. Telephone: 718-368-5000. Monday, May 15, 2017, 6:00-7:30 pm. Virginia Marine Resources Commission 4th Floor Meeting Room. 2600 Washington Avenue, More ›
  • Chub Mackerel April 28, 2017 Species: Chub mackerel - Photo courtesy of Angelo Peluso  A developing large-scale fishery on an important offshore baitfish needs management, but the right kind Chub mackerel is a small pelagic species, similar in appearance to your standard Atlantic mackerel, but noticeably different. Chub are More ›
  • The Mid-Atlantic Unmanaged Forage Omnibus Amendment April 25, 2017 Species: Unmanaged forage plan - A landmark forage fish protection action takes shape In August of 2016, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council put forward what may be one of the most forward-thinking ecosystem protection actions we’ve seen on the East Coast. To put it simply, More ›
  • NOAA Accepts ASMFC Summer Flounder Recommendations April 20, 2017 Species: - Background The science on summer flounder is quite clear that the stock has been in decline for several years, primarily because it has suffered 6 years of poor recruitment (poor spawning success). Because the number of fish are trending downward More ›