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The American eel, with its long, sinuous, snake-like body, may be one of the most easily identifiable fish of the Atlantic coast.  But what is truly remarkable about the eel is not its shape, but its life history. Eels are one of the few catadromous fish—fish that live out their lives in fresh and brackish

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A landmark forage fish protection action takes shape In August of 2016, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council put forward what may be one of the most forward-thinking ecosystem protection actions we’ve seen on the East Coast. To put it simply, the Council’s Unmanaged Forage Omnibus Amendment would put a full stop on any new/potential industrial-scale

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The Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) is the system under which recreational fishing data is collected and analyzed. MRIP recently released its draft five-year Strategic Plan and is requesting input on the Plan from stakeholders. MRIP is seeking public feedback as part of their ongoing commitment to improving surveys through collaboration among federal, regional, and state agencies,

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Background The science on summer flounder is quite clear that the stock has been in decline for several years, primarily because it has suffered 6 years of poor recruitment (poor spawning success). Because the number of fish are trending downward at the current rate of removals, just about all of the available science indicates that

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Winter flounder are small flatfish belonging to the group known as “right-eyed flounder” because, when placed on a surface with their dark side facing up with their belly pointed toward the observer, their head (and eyes) will be facing toward the right. Like most flounder, they feature a lower, white side, which normally remains pointed

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The species known as shad and river herring are managed by the ASMFC Shad & River Herring Management Board. Each of the species involved in this plan are anadromous which means they spend most of their lives at sea but return to freshwater to spawn, usually in the spring. Shad Mostly, when ASMFC refers to

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 “Coastal Sharks” is a term used by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) to describe a complex of 41 diverse species, ranging from the small and inoffensive Florida smoothhound through the predatory white shark and on up to the whale shark, the largest fish that swims, which feeds only on plankton. The National Marine

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The spiny dogfish is a small, schooling shark of the genus Squalus that is frequently encountered when fishing in cold and temperate waters.  Their name comes from the two thick spikes that adorn the leading edge of each dorsal fin.  When caught, the dogfish will contort its muscular, flexible body in a defensive effort that

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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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