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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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The Stage is Set for a Showdown in February   By Tony Friedrich As you are probably aware, striped bass management is getting hit from all sides.  The newest stock assessment will be ready in February 2019.  In the meantime, some states are thinking it might be a good idea to lower the biological reference

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By Charles Witek   The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) imposed emergency regulations on the shortfin mako shark fishery in early March, and is now considering new, permanent rules to help protect the declining mako population.  However, in state waters, the new rules do not apply to all anglers. That’s because NMFS generally does not

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Atlantic herring are not doing well. A recent stock assessment revealed a population in sharp decline.  Recruitment—the number of new fish entering the population—has fallen to historic lows over the past five years.  In response, the New England Fishery Management Council (Council) recommended capping 2018 harvest at the same level as the actual 2017 harvest,

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The Council and Commission met in August, here’s what went down By John McMurray The Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council met jointly with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission August 13 to August 15th.  As is usually the case, quite a few things happened.  But for this summary, we will try and focus on those

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By Tony Friedrich   The Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council met jointly with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission on August 15 to discuss bluefish management.  The Bluefish Allocation Amendment was initiated in December of 2017.  It seeks to address some concerns in the fishery including goals of the bluefish fisheries management plan, quota transfers,

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  At the August 2018 Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission meeting, here’s what went down By Capt. John McMurray As is the case with most ASMFC meetings, a lot happened.  However, in the interest of simplification, we’re going to restrict this summary to what we think is critically important to anglers. Number one on that

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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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On March 1, the National Marine Fisheries Service adopted emergency regulations to protect shortfin mako sharks, after a new stock assessment conducted by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) indicated that the species was severely overfished, and undergoing very severe overfishing. Such emergency regulations increased the minimum size limit for shortfin

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Black sea bass, summer flounder and red snapper will likely be impacted first by new MRIP data “I can’t understand… we’ve got 350,000 anglers in New York not 900,000.” said the caller from New York when questions opened up during the July 13, 2018 webinar about the revised Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) estimates. New

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