House Committee on Natural Resources holds hearing on eight fisheries bills
Robert G. Hayes, one of the most respected voices on state, federal andinternational fisheries management issues, is among those invited by U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, to appear before a hearing of his committee on Dec. 1 and offer testimony on a number of bills that stand to impact federal fisheries management.
Most of us can cite some "seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time" plan gone awry. Such appears the case with that part of the Magnuson Act requiring catch limits be set for all federally managed fish stock by the end of this year.
Chairman Hastings’ Opening Statement at Full Committee Hearing on Legislation to Amend the Magnuson-Stevens Act
In 2010, U.S. commercial fisherman landed over 8 billion pounds of fish valued at $4.5 billion. In addition, approximately 10 million recreational fisherman made more than 71 million recreational fishing trips. Clearly, the economic activity created by the Nation's fishery resources is significant, especially for coastal communities.
Nelson/Rubio Bill racing the clock to fix management problems in federal saltwater fisheries
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nov. 29, 2011– With a December 31 deadline looming, support is surging for legislation to ensure that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service uses sound science to set catch limits for the nation’s fisheries as a Senate version of the Fishery Science Improvement Act was introduced late yesterday by Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).
Fisheries issues are rarely this black and white. Most of the things we debate in fisheries management revolve around murky models and shifty statistics. All too often, politics and fisheries science are woven together into a perfect bird's nest of confusion, producing baffling regulations and counter-intuitive policies.
First, the good news: Anglers may soon fish year round for spotted seatrout.
KEY LARGO — The agenda for next week's Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission meeting reminds one of that famous Clint Eastwood spaghetti western "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly."
A Gretna fisherman has pleaded guilty in federal court to exceeding the legal limit for redfish on a trip last year, and could face five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Blake Mitchell, 26, admitted to allowing several Tennessee men to exceed the legal limit of five redfish per person while on a duck hunting and bowfishing trip in January 2010.
A small silver fish, menhaden has outsized importance in the sea, serving as sustenance for many larger fish and providing vital oils for healthy human hearts. But the population of menhaden has plummeted to just 8 percent of its historical levels off the East Coast as overfishing has taken its toll.
Orcas attack prey as large as gray whales and as small as herring. But the endangered orcas of the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands have adapted to eating mostly Chinook salmon, another threatened species.