Big cuts coming for bluefish, scup and black seabass dodged a bullet.
Bluefish are ferocious predators that can grow up to forty inches and top the scales at almost 30 pounds. They range throughout the world and frequent many coasts as they are a migratory species. In the US, bluefish are predominantly a recreational fishery. As bluefish migrate seasonally up and down the Atlantic coast, anglers from Maine to Florida target these voracious predators near inlets, shoals, and rips, where they come to feed on large schools of bait.
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We recently sent out an update to our email subscribers. Here is what we shared with them. It has been a busy quarter for fisheries management with Atlantic striped bass headlining the action. We can expect a lively joint ASMFC/MAFMC meeting in December and an active new year. ATLANTIC STATES MARINE FISHERIES COMMISSIONThe Atlantic States
Bluefish are overfished, and scup and black seabass face more cuts A lot to process coming off this meeting. And just about all of it has to do with the new MRIP data recalibration. MRIP – Marine Recreational Information Program – is the recreational fishing data-gathering program that employs in-person, telephone and mail surveys to
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
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,
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
ASMFC met April 30th to May 3rd, here’s what went down By Capt. John McMurray The Spring 2018 Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) meeting took place last week, and of course, we were there. While there were a number of topics discussed, and actions taken, in the interest of simplification and providing readers with
The Council met Monday through Thursday of last week. On day one, there was a first “framework” meeting for a possible change to the Council’s “Risk Policy”. While this is undoubtedly complicated and wonky, the Council’s “Risk Policy” can best be described as policy articulating how much risk they want to take given the best
Back in September; the Greater Atlantic Regional Office of NOAA Fisheries (GARFO) announced mandatory electronic reporting requirements effecting ANY FOR HIRE VESSEL that fishes under a federal permit and is endorsed to catch certain Mid Atlantic Council managed species. Many New England based charter boats, some who don’t even realize they are supposed to have a federal
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,