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Stripers, Catch Shares, Sector Separation and Money

Late Oct (19)

Do I have your attention now? I gotta be honest and admit that I am only going to talk about one of the issues in the title. But I see how much attention my fellow blogger Capt. John McMurray gets by simply mentioning striped bass

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Time for Some Straight Talk on Red Snapper

Photo courtesy

There’s little question that managing red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico is one of the hot topics in fisheries circles today.  Although it probably hasn’t bumped the perennial New England cod debate out of the top slot for “most contentious issue,” it still gets

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NOAA Dismantling Poaching Operation

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Florida poachers can be pretty creative. The problem is that after the individuals are caught, the devices they used for their illegal efforts often continue to damage marine resources. That’s why a team from NOAA Fisheries is now in the Florida Keys searching for and

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Hard To Believe

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog about the New England Fishery Management Council’s (NEFMC) effort to craft Amendment 2 to the Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat plan (OEFHA2). The general thrust was that the Council should not open up areas that have been

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Where We are With Striped Bass

Photo by Capt. John McMurray

ASMFC moves ahead with an addendum to reduce fishing mortality, but getting the cuts we need will not be easy. This is, I dunno, part 10 or something in my disjointed series on the decline of the striped bass resource and what the Atlantic States

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It’s been a great July in Louisiana

Jim Timmin

July is gone, and that means Louisiana big-time saltwater fishing rodeos are in the rearview mirror for another year. Don’t take that to mean fishing competition is over. Not so. Ahead in August is the increasingly popular Ride the Bull, a paddlecraft-only event out of

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Divide-and-conquer in the Gulf of Mexico


When it comes to fishing for red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico, it appears that the Gulf Fishery Management Council is taking a divide-and-conquer approach. The way to do that is by sector separation, which would separate recreational fishermen into those who fish on

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Stripers Out of Range

Fish Landings and Quotas - courtesy Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

These are the dog days of summer. We have had some crazy weather here in the Northeast this year, but we also have had some pretty nice spells in between. Some of the offshore activity has picked up for those making the run out. While

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Florida fighting back against algae blooms


Algae blooms have taken their toll on the Indian River Lagoon, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is finally taking an aggressive approach toward helping the ailing estuary. Researchers with the state agency are using a new approach to more quickly detect and

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On RFA and Managing for Abundance

A Montauk Blitz - photo by Capt. John McMurray

Seriously? Are these guys really against abundant fish stocks? A couple of days ago someone emailed me a response to a blog post I had recently written on the development of NOAA’s Recreational Fishing Policy. If you didn’t get a chance to read my blog,

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