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Eliminating Key Provisions of MSA is a Faustian Bargain for Recreational Fishermen

Eliminating Key Provisions of MSA is a Faustian Bargain for Recreational Fishermen

Nov 17, 2017 | No Comments

Photo by John McMurray. On September 12, lifelong saltwater angler Tony Friedrich testified before the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard – a hearing titled “Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act: Oversight of Fisheries Management Successes and Challenges.” Friedrich’s testimony, about management successes under Magnuson-Stevens, was clear […]

The Truth Behind Catch And Release Striped Bass Fishing

The Truth Behind Catch And Release Striped Bass Fishing

Nov 15, 2017 | No Comments

Photo:Angler Brian Albano practices catch and release when fishing with Capt. Joe Pagano. Shown with a 30-pound striped bass caught, tagged and released at Pt. Judith Light off Narragansett, RI. Photo via Capt. Dave Monti. bass catch and release fishing has been the subject of an incredible amount of hearsay and conjecture. Maybe it is […]

Overfishing Isn’t ‘Modern’

Overfishing Isn’t ‘Modern’

Nov 15, 2017 | No Comments

Linda Behnken’s post appeared in The Hill as a Letter to the Editor on November 9, 2017. Photo: working waterfront in Alaska. Picture this: a fish struggles on a hook, fights un-successfully to get free, and is gradually pulled to the surface. A fisherman scoops the fish out of the water and lands it with […]

ASMFC Kicks The Can Down The Street — Again — With Tautog

ASMFC Kicks The Can Down The Street — Again — With Tautog

Nov 13, 2017 | No Comments

In 1996, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) determined that tautog (also known as “blackfish”) were being badly overfished, and that the fishing mortality rate had to be reduced to no more than 0.15. Such a fishing mortality rate would result in about 14% of the tautog being removed from the population each year. […]

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.