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  It’s hard to believe but the holidays are upon us.   We are going to ask you for one favor before you plunge head-first into a turkey coma.  On October 4th, , NOAA issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking to open the EEZ around the Block Island Transit Zone for striped bass harvest. Team

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What went down with striped bass at ASMFC, and the larger picture By Capt. John McMurray   As is usually the case, we report on things that go down in management meetings which are likely to concern anglers.  In regards to last week’s Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Meeting, there was one dominant angler related

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It’s time to fight By Tony Friedrich     On October 4, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) posted an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) regarding fishing for striped bass in the EEZ around Block Island. This move kicks off a process that could have devastating consequences for the future of the striped bass resource.

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  At the August 2018 Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission meeting, here’s what went down By Capt. John McMurray As is the case with most ASMFC meetings, a lot happened.  However, in the interest of simplification, we’re going to restrict this summary to what we think is critically important to anglers. Number one on that

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  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

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  By a narrower margin, HR 200 makes it through the House. Now what? By Capt. John McMurray Well, we all expected it.  HR 200, “Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act” (A.K.A the “Empy Oceans Act”), with a few amendments, including one really bad one, sailed through the House of Representatives

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Striped bass were a hot topic at the most recent ASMFC meeting.  First, Maryland proposed a one-inch reduction in size by mandating circle hooks for the Chesapeake Bay.  Circle hooks will make an impact.  Frankly, circle hooks should be mandatory anyway.  But, these days you take conservation in any form available.  A minimal reduction in

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