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USS Radford's Sinking Could Be Delayed Again

Posted on August 07, 2011

The Atlantic coast will soon have the largest artificial reef of its kind when the 563-foot USS Radford is sunk 30 miles off the coast of Ocean City Md., but the big event is in jeopardy of being delayed for the second time in as many weeks.

Why Fuglvog matters to America

Posted on August 04, 2011

Many in Alaska would like to believe the outlaw Arne Fuglvog -- an aide to Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, this week exposed as a fish pirate -- is an aberration. Since statehood in 1959, residents have prided themselves on the management of complex, mixed-stock Alaska fisheries. 

Menhaden management moves up the food chain

ASMFC votes to give public its say on menhaden
Posted on August 04, 2011

Menhaden management has long been a sore point among conservationists as intense commercial harvest of the species in the Chesapeake Bay has added to factors believed to be negatively impacting striped bass and other gamefish all along the East Coast. The primary industrial harvester of Atlantic menhaden, Omega Protein, has never had its harvest effectively restricted and stands as one of the very few commercial fishing operations in the country to successfully avoid management measures that might impact its bottom line.

ASMFC takes historic 1st step to protect menhaden

Posted on August 03, 2011

“Now, the hard work begins.”

That was the assessment of Lynn Fegley, a Maryland fisheries biologist just moments after the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted overwhelmingly last night to send a suite of options to protect menhaden and rebuild the population out for public comment.

There you go again…

Posted on August 01, 2011

It is more of the same from the Pew Environment Group. The message below making the rounds in DC has all the hallmarks of the environmental community’s overall approach to marine resource management.

Sappi starts work on fish ladder

When completed, fish will be able to pass through its dam for the first time in more than 100 years.
Posted on July 29, 2011

WESTBROOK - The orange cones, neon vests and construction crane that can be seen from Cumberland Street might have little significance to most people driving by the Sappi Fine Paper mill.

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?”

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.

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."