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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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  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 July 11, H.R. 200,the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act passed the House of Representatives. The vote on the House floor was disappointing but close –  as this partisan bill passed by a vote of 222-193.  To see a breakdown of how Members voted, go here. As we have told

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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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We all need to weigh in on Draft Amendment 8, and we need to do it now! By Capt. John McMurray A lot of us have been fortunate enough to have been in it when stripers were crushing big 8- to 10-inch sea herring. Those readers who’ve been around for a while know exactly what

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  The northwest Atlantic cod fishery is arguably one of the best-known and most historically important fisheries in the world.  That importance made the collapse of the region’s cod stocks all the more noteworthy, and adds a degree of urgency to ongoing efforts to return such stocks to health. Unfortunately, biologists have found cod slow

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