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The More You NOAA


I tend to be a “less is better” kind of guy when it comes to government. The exception is the management of natural resources like America’s sustainable fisheries. Fishing has been my profession and passion for almost all my life. Having been a part of

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Why Wouldn’t We Support The New England Marine Monument?

Marine Monument update 2

In an effort to revoke, opponents paint the picture that all fishermen are opposed… Well, we aren’t! Whatever your political leanings, one has to acknowledge that the Obama Administration did something extraordinary last fall. Through the Antiquities Act, it protected almost five thousand miles of an

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The Draft Northeast Ocean Plan

Wind Power is coming to a coast near you!

The NE Draft Ocean Plan may not be a perfect plan, but it does seem to do the best job possible of coordinating all the previously independent ocean development regulations

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What the Fluke is RFA Talking About?

Photo By Capt. John McMurray

Either RFA is intentionally leaving out important details on summer flounder or they just don’t get it Given the kind of thing that usually comes out of the RFA (Recreational Fishing Alliance) shop in Jersey, I wasn’t exactly surprised to see their latest press release. 

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Of Menhaden, Stripers Threshers and Whales

Big Striper with a herring hanging out of its mouth - photo by Capt. John McMurray

ASMFC has a critical decision to make in May. Do they increase harvest at the first sign of improvement, having really no idea what that will mean for predators dependent on bunker, or do they take a different route and manage for the ecosystem.

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Why Deep Water Corals Matter


The Mid-Atlantic Council is considering one of the largest habitat protection actions in Atlantic history…  Anglers should be weighing in… Ever done an overnighter at the Hudson?  Or any of the Mid-Atlantic’s canyons?  If you hit it right, it’s like something from another world.  Crazy

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On Forage Fish… Managing the Unmanaged


Are large-scale fisheries for sandeels, silversides, bay anchovies etc. coming to a coast near you? Really, if you fish, at all, this is important… for a very basic reason — If there’s no bait, there’s no fishing. If you spend more than a few days

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ASMFC Almost Gets it Right With Striped Bass


I entered the meeting room with some trepidation. For the past year, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission had been debating the implications of the most recent benchmark assessment of the striped bass stock, and whether changes needed to be made to management measures.  And

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Maryland Spins Mediocre Striped Bass Spawn


The State of Maryland recently released its 2014 young-of-the-year index for striped bass. The index came in at 11.0, which is just a little below the long-term average of 11.7. Under normal circumstances, a young-of-the-year number that nearly reaches the long-term average is hardly worth

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New Jersey Recommends 2 Fish Per Day Striped Bass Limit


    Within hours of the deadline for comment on the ASMFC’s Striped Bass Draft Amendment IV, New Jersey has recommended a 2 fish per day limit, with one fish at 28″ and one “larger”. From the Press of Atlantic City:   Council Chairman Dick

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