Budgets for Climate Change Studies and NOAA Under Attack

Budgets for Climate Change Studies and NOAA Under Attack

Defunding Programs Could Harm Fisheries and Fishing Communities Last week many in the fishing community were talking about President Trump’s budget and its impact on climate change, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the fish. Under the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA), more than 40 species have been rebuilt. […]

I Kid You Not, Cod Fishing is Hot

I Kid You Not, Cod Fishing is Hot

Photo: Steve Brustein and Capt. Dave Monti with cod caught at the East Fishing Grounds three miles east of Block Island on No Fluke Charters. Cod fishing is good off the Rhode Island coast. Contraire to what is being experienced in the Gulf of Maine, cod fishing for recreational anglers off Rhode Island has been […]

Summer Flounder Testing Our Resolve?

Summer Flounder Testing Our Resolve?

Summer flounder (like these caught on the author’s charter boat) have had a declining spawning biomass for six years. New regulation options aim to reduce harvest limits, putting fish first to rebuild the fishery. It’s post-inauguration and the dust hasn’t settled. In fact, nothing is settled. It’s more like a whirlwind. My greatest fear is […]

We Need to Put Fish First in 2017

We Need to Put Fish First in 2017

Dr. Jonathan Hare shown in 2013 with his son Jon (far right) and friend Elliot Emperor fishing with Capt. Dave Monti on No Fluke Charters. It’s a new year and time for reflection. I am thankful for the fish caught on my charter boat in 2016 and look forward to a good year in 2017. […]

Not Seven, But Thirteen Fish?

Not Seven, But Thirteen Fish?

Celebrate a Christmas Tradition with These Two Tasty Recipes Top photo: Jim Stevens and Kevin Fetzer took these cod home for the holiday last December when fishing east of Block Island with Capt. Monti. The reason for “seven fish” on Christmas Eve dates back to the religious tradition in Italy of abstaining from eating meat […]

Fishing Brings Me Joy

Fishing Brings Me Joy

“Everyone who catches a fish is happy, and this brings me joy,” said Capt. Dave Monti. Here Walt Galloway (with tautog), David Hansen (black sea bass) and Gerald Pesch (cod) caught three species when fishing off Newport, R.I., thanks in part to the Magnuson-Stevens Act. During the holiday season I often reflect and write about […]