Striped Bass, Menhaden, Bluefish & Recreational/Commercial Allocation Topped the Agenda Last week the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission met, in part, jointly with the Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council to consider a number of issues. Of course, because of the COVID 19 pandemic, Commissioners and Council members met via webinar. While just about all binding
Editors note: This article first appeared in From the Waterfront. John McMurray photo These last several weeks have been awful. No matter how hard I try to find a silver lining, there sure doesn’t appear to be one. If you live in the tri-state area and don’t know anyone who’s been sick yet, you are
Good news with menhaden, but it’s likely the Commission will fall short on striped bass Menhaden So, here’s the good news. It is highly likely, after a good 20 years of advocacy by anglers and environmental groups, that we’ll see menhaden managed in the context of its value as a prey species, by as early
Menhaden, often called the most important fish in the sea, need your help. Right now the Virginia General Assembly is considering legislation that will put management of menhaden where it belongs, in the hands of the professionals at the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC). If that sentence took you by surprise, you are not alone.
Here is our final update for 2019.We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a joyous holiday season. Action on Menhaden We have been waiting for the next shoe to drop in the ongoing menhaden saga and it did late last week. In a letter dated Dec. 17, Chris Oliver, assistant administrator for Fisheries at
Big cuts coming for bluefish, scup and black seabass dodged a bullet.
Because of the actions of Omega Protein, Gov. Northam is asking for a moratorium on menhaden harvest.
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
Kudos to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, now it is time for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to act.