Right…Baitfish Don’t Matter

Right…Baitfish Don’t Matter

A recent study funded by the large-scale extraction industry claims that forage fish abundance doesn’t affect marine predator numbers…As anglers we know better. Top photo courtesy John McMurray Just when I thought I’d seen everything, I opened my email a few weeks ago to find a half-dozen messages about some new “ground-breaking” study funded by […]

At ASMFC, Fluke Wins, Striped Bass Loses

At ASMFC, Fluke Wins, Striped Bass Loses

The Difference Between These Two Species Shows Why We Desperately Need to Keep Federal Law Intact Just back from Alexandria, VA… So while all of this is still fresh in my head, I thought I’d get it down. First, summer flounder (aka fluke): As readers likely know, there’s been lots of controversy here. Because… well, […]

The Straight Dope on Fluke

The Straight Dope on Fluke

Be careful what you wish for… you just might get it I hesitate to write about fluke again, but given the woefully inadequate press on the issue, and the current focus by politicians, who clearly aren’t getting the whole story, I think it’s important anglers understand the situation, and what’s at stake here. Let me […]

National Ocean Policy On The Chopping Block?

National Ocean Policy On The Chopping Block?

If you fish offshore, this should concern you greatly… Been hearing rumors for about a month now. But really, just found out that, well, unfortunately, it’s kinda true… The National Ocean Policy is currently #210 on House Freedom Caucus’ list of rules, regulations and policies to remove or revoke in the first 100 days. I […]

The Politics of Short-Term Profit vs. Long-Term Sustainability

The Politics of Short-Term Profit vs. Long-Term Sustainability

Why Laws, Not Politicians, Should Be Managing Fish A few weeks ago, I wrote about the worsening summer founder situation. For some background check it out: “THE HARD TRUTH ON SUMMER FLOUNDER”. That “truth” of course is that summer founder, despite being managed fairly conservatively over the last decade, have had below-average spawning success (aka […]

Regional Ocean Plans Finalized

Regional Ocean Plans Finalized

After years of coordination with stakeholders the final products are out, but what does it mean for us? Late last week, the National Ocean Council released the nation’s first ocean plans. This may not sound like a big deal, but it is. Because really, it’s the first comprehensive effort to provide a holistic, regional look […]

The Hard Truth on Summer Flounder

The Hard Truth on Summer Flounder

Despite What Some Are Saying, We Have To Do Something with Fluke Over the years, I’ve written a lot about summer flounder… mostly using it as an example of how the conservation provisions of federal fisheries managed law (AKA the Magnuson Stevens Act – MSA) have worked to rebuild stocks… and subsequently provided access to […]