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Fishers wary of 2012 time bomb as conservation law requirement kicks in

Posted on October 23, 2011

By now most of us have read stories about groups who believe Armageddon arrives in 2012. And most of us consider most of them to be operating on the fringe of reality. And we say that with all due respect.

After 20 years, Gulf Cook Off still brings exciting dishes to the table

Posted on October 22, 2011

When Tim Gothard, Executive Director of the Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF), stood in front of the crowd at the Gulf Coast Wild Game Cook-Off at the Bluegill on the Mobile Causeway and proudly announced the statewide cook-off concept was approaching 20 years, it reminded me of just how fortunate we are in Alabama.

Far more bluefin sold than reported caught: report

Posted on October 20, 2011

PARIS -- More than twice as many tons of Atlantic bluefin tuna were sold last year compared with official catch records for this threatened species, according to a report released on Tuesday.

Black Sea Bass Closed Until June 2012

Cross another species off the bottom-fishing list
Posted on October 19, 2011

Even when anglers on the east coast couldn’t catch red snapper, groupers or vermilion snapper, black sea bass still allowed family level anglers to catch and keep something for dinner. 

Overfishing 101: Counting Fish

Posted on October 19, 2011

How heavy is 35,000 metric tons? For starters, it’s the weight of 193 jumbo jets or 2,917 African elephants. It’s also the amount of Atlantic bluefin tuna that have exceeded the official catch quota in the Mediterranean Sea in the past two years alone, according to a Pew-commissioned analysis of the international trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna released today.

Lawton Receives National Honor for Promoting Recreational Fishing

Posted on October 19, 2011

NEW ORLEANS - The American Sportfishing Association has awarded its prestigious Future of Fishing Award to Center for Coastal Conservation Founding Chairman Jack Lawton Jr. for his work nurturing and growing recreational fishing over the past three decades. ASA presented Lawton the award Oct. 14 at its annual conference in New Orleans.

Two grants to remove derelict fishing gear from Long Island Sound

Posted on October 19, 2011

Restoration of the Long Island Sound marine habitat took a major step forward this week with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's announcement of two grant awards to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County (CCE) to identify and remove more than 118 tonnes of marine debris, including abandoned lobster pots, from the Sound. 

2011 Young of the Year Striped Bass Survey Shows Fourth Highest Reproduction On Record

Posted on October 18, 2011

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that the 2011 Young of the Year (YOY) Striped Bass Survey is 34.6, well above the long-term average of 11.9, and exceedingly higher than 2010’s results of 5.9. This is the fourth highest measure of striped bass spawning success in the Chesapeake Bay in the survey’s 58-year history.

Number of young striped bass in Chesapeake Bay spikes

Encouraging census results may affect harvest limits
Posted on October 18, 2011

After several years of discouraging results, Maryland fisheries officials say the number of juvenile striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay this summer was the fourth highest in the 58-year history of their annual census.

2011 a Banner Year for Young Striped Bass in Virginia

Posted on October 17, 2011

Newswise — Preliminary results from a 2011 survey conducted by researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) suggest the production of a strong class of young-of-year striped bass in the Virginia portion of Chesapeake Bay. The 2011 year class represents the group of fish hatched this spring.