The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) held its regular summer meeting on August 3-6, when it addressed a number of issues that will impact anglers in New England and the Mid-Atlantic. Big decision on Atlantic menhaden The biggest news to come out of the meeting was the Atlantic Menhaden Management Board’s (Menhaden Board) decision to
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.
Kudos to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, now it is time for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to act.
As we noted last month, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission took action on Atlantic striped bass and approved Draft Addendum VI for public comment. Draft Addendum VI is available at http://www.asmfc.org/files/PublicInput/StripedBassDraftAddVI_PublicComment_Aug2019.pdf or on the Commission’s website at http://www.asmfc.org/about-us/public-input. According to ASMFC’s latest press release, “Public comment will be accepted until 5 PM (EST) on
The ASMFC’s Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board meets on August 08, 2019.
The striped bass stock is overfished, and overfishing is occurring. That means striped bass are in trouble action needs to be taken NOW!
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
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
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
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) great 2018 black sea bass debate was settled on May 3, after the four aggrieved northern states, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, proposed compromise management measures that proved acceptable to all of the affected states. The debate was rooted in a clear change in black sea