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One More on Magnuson

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Why the Hastings reauthorization bill just sucks Last week I tried to give a general description of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, how it works once the rubber meets the road, and why it’s actually been quite good

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Understanding the Magnuson-Stevens Act

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As the debate around the act’s reauthorization rages, it’s important anglers have an understanding of the law’s provisions The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) is, simply, the law that governs how marine resources are managed in federal waters.

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On Playing with Our Food

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How can we really justify recreational fishing? If you hang around commercial fishermen much, you’ll notice that a lot of them have complete disdain for recreational fishing. From a practical standpoint, you can’t really blame them. Yes, we play with

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“Here’s to the people,” “Oh, I love the people”

Capt. Paul Eidman hoists a nice linesider

There are some great people in the Mid Atlantic region with passion and dedication working for fisheries conservation. Capt. John McMurray introduces us to a few of the folks who are getting things done for us.

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On “Bailing Out” the Fishing Industry

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Are Disaster Relief Funds really the disaster some people think they are? Just last week, it was announced that as part of the federal budget, Congress would dole out $75 million in “fisheries disaster relief funds.” The New England groundfish

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On The Socioeconomics of Recreational Fishing

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What we really mean when we say “we spend more money than you” I read with some interest fellow blogger Steve Waters’ piece (Wait, How Many Gumballs Do Recreational Anglers Get?)  regarding the press conference at the recent Miami International

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Striped Bass C&R in the EEZ

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Capt. John McMurray discusses the possibility of a catch and release fishery in the EEZ

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At ASMFC Last Week, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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Capt. John McMurray provides a recap of what happened with summer flounder, striped bass and winter flounder at last week’s ASMFC meeting, and touches on the larger picture.

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Of Striped Bass, the EEZ and the Same Old (Expletive)

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Capt. John McMurray talks about the winter striped bass fishery in Virginia, and the ridiculousness of opening up the EEZ.

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Seriously, What the Fluke?!

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Capt. John McMurray explains summer flounder “adaptive regional management” and why the RFA position is wrong

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