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Distortions muddying the water

Posted on July 28, 2011

No one has ever accused the federal fisheries management process of being too transparent. It is a Byzantine world of statistics, biology and, the murkiest ingredient of all, politics. It is a process that often yields confounding results.

Testimony calls into question NOAA fishery science

Posted on July 28, 2011

Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Coastal Conservation, testified before Congress this week on behalf of the many marine industry groups at a hearing titled, “NOAA’s Fishery Science: Is the Lack of Basic Science Costing Jobs?”

Bottom Dweller Makes A Comeback

Aggressive predators, fluke populations have bounced back under unpopular restrictions.
Posted on July 28, 2011

I'll admit that I am among the anglers who in recent years have grumbled about the restrictive season limits on size and take of fluke, or summer flounder. Before long, however, the severe restrictions may be the reason why our complaints change to cries of joy. Well, maybe we won't be that emotive but we may be pretty happy. By 2013, according to a report updated July 22 by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the "summer flounder stock is expected to be fully rebuilt."

Volusia captain tells congressional panel Fishery's snapper data flawed

Posted on July 28, 2011

Local fishing captain David Nelson and Congressman John Mica were among a series of experts who spoke at a congressional subcommittee hearing on fishing this week in Washington, D.C.

New Law Imposes Stiff Fines, Jail Time for Over-Fishing Striped Bass

While the limits and regulations will stay the same, catching too many and undersized striped bass could now land you in jail.
Posted on July 28, 2011

A new law that was passed last week will impose tougher fines and possibly even jail time for fishermen who catch more than the legal limit or undersized striped bass.

International €4 million bluefin tuna trafficking ring busted

Posted on July 27, 2011

The port authorities of Maddalena in Sardegna, Italy, have found some one thousand administrative violations relating to bluefin tuna.

Virginia rejects bid for large Chesapeake Bay oyster farm

Posted on July 27, 2011

A watermen’s cooperative suffered a setback Tuesday when state regulators denied most of its application to grow oysters in a Chesapeake Bay tributary.

The Oyster Company of Virginia, which includes a dozen watermen, received permission to set oyster cages on about 15 acres in Lloyd’s Bay (also known as Floyd’s Bay) in the Poquoson River.

Midnight magic off Montauk

Posted on July 27, 2011

There is something special about fishing for striped bass at Montauk Point under cover of darkness. One of the best at that game is Port Jefferson resident and charter boat captain Rick Gulia of Perfect Catch Fishing.

NOAA’s Fishery Science: Is the Lack of Basic Science Costing Jobs?

Posted on July 26, 2011

Terrestrial and freshwater wildlife resource management agencies would not think of operating without standardized stock surveys and assessments. Yet, for our marine resources, proponents of the status quo say that “readily available information such as biology” is adequate to replace a standardized, peer-reviewed stock assessment as the foundation of management, even when the decisions based on it will have drastic social and economic consequences. 

The price of striped bass

Posted on July 26, 2011

After years of holding up striped bass as the model of how humans can save a species from extinction, fisheries managers are finding out that the glue holding the model together is beginning to weaken.