New Jersey is conducting a survey about their Striped Bass regulations for 2020. Responses are needed by June 14.
Offshore wind farms are coming, how they work out for us largely depends on us… By Capt. John McMurray Indeed, we’ve written here and elsewhere on offshore wind-power development. Specifically, on the potential for wind-turbines – dozens, maybe well over one-hundred – placed in designated areas off our coast. Generally, we have been in support
By Capt. John McMurray After a canceled meeting in February due to the federal government shutdown, on March 6th and 7th the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council met jointly with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, to review the 2019 Summer Flounder Benchmark Stock Assessment, and to subsequently complete specifications and decide on recreational management measures.
By Capt. John McMurray As is usually the case, we report on all management meetings relevant to the conservation-minded fishing community. While there were many issues addressed at this meeting, striped bass was of course at the forefront, with menhaden a close second. Before getting to those two issues, it’s important to note changes in
What various news outlets are reporting isn’t entirely accurate By Capt. John McMurray Frankly, we’ve been ignoring all of this up to now, because, the version of the Modern Fish Act that passed, and the way it was passed, is well, kinda inconsequential – to us anyway. But the reporting on the subject? It’s been,
NOAA recently released three reports that might interest our readers. The first was Fisheries of the United States, 2017 of both recreational and commercial fisheries. The data shows how important both sectors are to the national economy. After reviewing the data, it is also apparent that we must manage our resources well because a lot
The 2018 meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) was held in November. Major issues on the agenda included a new stock assessment for Atlantic bigeye tuna, conservation measures for overfished white and blue marlin stocks, and a proposed restriction on shark finning. In each of those cases, ICCAT took
Striped Bass Need Us Now More Than Ever By Tony Friedrich Many striped bass anglers up and down the coast are very concerned about the status of the stock. Last week, a stock assessment workshop (SAW) held a public webinar, where a Stock Assessment Review Committee (SARC) was provided an opportunity to review the science
Your comments on an emerging large-scale fishery on a forage source for large pelagics are important. By Capt. John McMurray If you fish offshore of 20 fathoms at all, you’ve probably seen them. Schools of smallish “chub” mackerel blitzing rain bait. Throw a small metal lure at them, and you’ll likely catch one. But wait
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