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H.R. 1411 was introduced by Rep. Pallone, Frank, Jr. [D-NJ-6] on March 7, 2017. The text can be found here: “Transparent Summer Flounder Quotas Act” In short, the bill seeks to suspend the 2017 summer flounder specifications – voted on by the Mid-Atlantic Council (MAFMC) and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) in August of

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Origins Congress first passed the law that we now know as the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act in 1976. Although the original law set up a framework to conserve and manage the fisheries resources of the United States, and created the eight regional fishery management councils that are responsible for developing the various fishery

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Black sea bass are small (<10 lbs.) structure-dependent fish, which support important commercial and recreational fisheries throughout the Mid-Atlantic and in southern New England. Black sea bass abundance in the northern end of its range has skyrocketed in the last several years.  This may be due to warming waters that have come with climate change,

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On April 4, 2017, NOAA Fisheries published in the Federal Register a “Final Rule” for Amendment 5b to the Highly Migratory Species (HMS) plan. The HMS plan manages a group of species that include tunas and sharks. Amendment 5b was developed in response to the 2016 stock assessment, which determined that dusky sharks are overfished

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White House

Legislation Becomes Regulation Once Congress has passed the final votes on an act of legislation, the document is sent to the President to be signed or rejected via veto authority. Assuming legislation is signed, the next step on the way to your tackle box is that “legislation” essentially is translated into “regulation.” Technically, “regulations” are

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US Capital Building

How the US Governs Our Fishing As we began to spread the word about Fissues.org, one theme was repeated at every trade show seminar and fishing club we visited. The election is over, and most people simply want to return to living their lives without the drama of 24/7 politics. Less rhetoric and more substance

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When measured in pounds, more Atlantic striped bass are harvested by US recreational anglers than any other recreational target species. Volume of catch, however, does not accurately represent how important striped bass are to not only recreational anglers, but also to the US economy. Striped bass are sleek, powerful, gorgeous animals. The body is mostly

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Summer flounder are a medium-sized flatfish abundant in the Mid-Atlantic region, which support important recreational and commercial fisheries in states between Massachusetts and North Carolina. Distribution has varied quite a bit over the years. Back in the 90s, when size limit was 14” and the stock was undoubtedly depleted, the center of abundance was off

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Back in 1953, one of the founding directors of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute described bluefish as “perhaps the most ferocious and bloodthirsty fish in the sea, leaving in its wake a trail of dead and mangled mackerel, menhaden, herring, alewives, and other species on which it preys.” Bluefish look the part of an apex predator,

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The scup is a migratory, schooling member of the porgy family, which is most frequently caught in the waters between Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The center of abundance is located off eastern New York. Scup are relatively small, laterally compressed fish with a silhouette not too different from that of a

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