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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. 

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By Capt. John McMurray As is usually the case, we report on all management meetings relevant to the conservation-minded fishing community.  While there were many issues addressed at this meeting, striped bass was of course at the forefront, with menhaden a close second.  Before getting to those two issues, it’s important to note changes in

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NOAA recently released three reports that might interest our readers. The first was Fisheries of the United States, 2017 of both recreational and commercial fisheries.  The data shows how important both sectors are to the national economy.  After reviewing the data, it is also apparent that we must manage our resources well because a lot

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The 2018 meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) was held in November.  Major issues on the agenda included a new stock assessment for Atlantic bigeye tuna, conservation measures for overfished white and blue marlin stocks, and a proposed restriction on shark finning. In each of those cases, ICCAT took

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Striped Bass Need Us Now More Than Ever By Tony Friedrich Many striped bass anglers up and down the coast are very concerned about the status of the stock.  Last week, a stock assessment workshop (SAW) held a public webinar, where a Stock Assessment Review Committee (SARC) was provided an opportunity to review the science

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Your comments on an emerging large-scale fishery on a forage source for large pelagics are important.  By Capt. John McMurray If you fish offshore of 20 fathoms at all, you’ve probably seen them.  Schools of smallish “chub” mackerel blitzing rain bait.  Throw a small metal lure at them, and you’ll likely catch one.  But wait

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  It’s hard to believe but the holidays are upon us.   We are going to ask you for one favor before you plunge head-first into a turkey coma.  On October 4th, , NOAA issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking to open the EEZ around the Block Island Transit Zone for striped bass harvest. Team

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    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

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  Last month U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced three major developments in American offshore wind energy that set the table for fishermen engagement through public comment on plans. Input sought on South Fork Wind Farm construction and environmental plans Like bees buzzing around their hive, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) staff

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