Encouraging Words at ASMFC

Encouraging Words at ASMFC

Photo: Tautog I’ve often been a critic of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). I don’t criticize the interstate compact that created the ASMFC, nor do I have any bad words for the Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act, which gave the ASMFC the authority to bind East Coast states to its interstate fishery […]

Giving Back

Giving Back

I’ve been a recreational shark fisherman since the late 1970s. Over that time I and the folks who fish with me have caught a lot of fish. We’ve caught blue sharks and sandbars, common threshers and duskies, shortfin makos and tigers. We’ve caught bizarre-looking hammerheads, and we’ve had whites that weighed more than a ton […]

Saltwater Anglers: Paying For Conservation?

Saltwater Anglers:  Paying For Conservation?

Ever since April 2017, when the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act — the so-called “Modern Fish Act” — was introduced in the House of Representatives, anglers have been urged to support the bill, its Senate companion, S. 1520, and the much more dangerous Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act, H.R. 200. […]

A Journey To The Unknown: Revised Recreational Catch Data

A Journey To The Unknown:  Revised Recreational Catch Data

Photo by John McMurray For many years, anglers have criticized estimates of recreational fish landings produced by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), which are used by fishery managers to set seasons, bag limits and other regulations. Such anglers typically argue that NMFS overestimates recreational harvest, which results in unnecessary restrictions being placed on recreational […]

Shortfin Makos in Peril

Shortfin Makos in Peril

Shortfin makos swim through the ocean like they own the place, moving swiftly and decisively below the surface, or cruising up on top displaying their distinctive blue-black dorsal fin, like a flag, to the sun. Along the northeast coast, they’re the shark most sought out by anglers, because they are a fish of superlatives. Shortfin […]

The Growing Threat to Magnuson-Stevens

The Growing Threat to Magnuson-Stevens

Now that H.R. 200, a bill that would amend and reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens), has passed the House of Representatives, it poses an even greater threat to the federal fishery management system. Much of that threat arises out of the uncertainty that would be introduced by many of the provisions […]