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Flexible Fisheries Management Must Put the Fish First

Flexible Fisheries Management Must Put the Fish First

Dec 15, 2017 | No Comments

By Linda Behnken & Andy Mezirow This post appeared in Pacific Fishing in December, 2017 and is reprinted with permission We met more than 20 years ago, each of us fighting like hell for our sector of Alaska’s halibut fishery: Andy, a fierce advocate for the guided sport sector, and Linda, a relentless voice for […]

‘Modern Fish Act’… Not Okay

‘Modern Fish Act’… Not Okay

Dec 14, 2017 | One Comment

Top photo: Bluefish are managed under the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Supporters of the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act try and unify anglers around the bill… But it sure as hell ain’t good for most of “us” Let me start this off by saying things seem pretty dark lately. They always do for me during this time […]

What Saltwater Anglers Have To Lose

What Saltwater Anglers Have To Lose

Dec 12, 2017 | No Comments

About twenty minutes from my house, there’s a spring creek that’s very popular with the flyfishing crowd. It flows through a state park, and is loaded with trout. In the river’s heyday, the park’s phone lines were flooded by calls from anglers trying to reserve fishing time. February and March were catch-and-release months. I remember […]

What to Expect with Striped Bass

What to Expect with Striped Bass

Dec 7, 2017 | 9 Comments

Photo: a striped bass caught Block Island by Steve Brustein of Maine on No Fluke Charters. Photo via Dave Monti Striped bass are the most iconic fish on the East Coast. Countless books have been written about them. Small coastal communities from Maine to North Carolina have depended on striped bass for centuries. We’ve loved […]

About the Marine Fish Conservation Network

The Marine Fish Conservation Network is a coalition of commercial and recreational fishing associations, regional and national conservation groups, aquaria, and marine science organizations dedicated to defending and strengthening our primary federal fisheries law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, in order to sustain abundant fish populations, healthy marine ecosystems, and thriving fishing communities. Learn more.