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As the reduction industry fights to take more fish in the Chesapeake, things get muddied By Capt. John McMurray To those of us who fish, it seems so darn obvious. If you take a HUGE amount of what by all accounts is a critically important forage source for, well, just about everything, out of a

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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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A stock assessment confirms what we already knew; now the Council needs to do something about it If you have any real history on the water in the Mid Atlantic, you know, quite well… Mackerel stocks ain’t what they used to be. Yes, there seem to be some fish from Cape Cod North, but even

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With fish and fishing, where exactly are we headed? By Captain John McMurray Let me preface all this by saying, I love aquariums. Particularly the New York Aquarium in Coney Island.  It’s iconic.  And the staff there is awesome.  Riverhead, with its native saltmarsh display is a close second.  And Monterey?  Supper cool.  Especially the

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On March 6, the Richmond Times Dispatch reported that the bill from Governor Northam to keep the Virginia reduction fishery in compliance was killed by the House of Delegates. Omega Protein, a major political donor in Virginia, is fighting a ruling that gave them an 8% increase in quota because it also limited the amount

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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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On January 26 in Warwick, the Rhode Island Salt Water Anglers Association (RISAA) hosted its third Southern New England Recreational Fishing Symposium. The event was attended by representatives of many RISAA member clubs, affiliate clubs, management bodies, ENGOs and more. The first Southern New England Recreational Fishing Symposium was held in 2013 and focused on

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Striped bass in Maryland, menhaden in VA, and regional management for black seabass By Capt. John McMurray While there were many issues discussed, and action taken on several different species at last week’s ASMFC meeting, the below are what we felt were issues important to anglers. For the full meeting report, see the Commission’s 2018

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