With Menhaden, Industry Arguments Just Don’t Make Sense

With Menhaden, Industry Arguments Just Don’t Make Sense

Next week, will ASMFC heed common sense and on-the-water experience? Top photo: A striper eating bunker Last week, I received a brief release from the Menhaden Fisheries Coalition, titled National Wildlife Federation Revives Menhaden Myths with Latest Petition. The Menhaden Fisheries Coalition describes itself as “a coalition of menhaden fishermen, related businesses, and supporting industries,” […]

On The Disdain For Abundant Fish Stocks

On The Disdain For Abundant Fish Stocks

Editor mocks fly fishermen, light-tackle anglers, and everyone else who benefits from “abundance.” Last week I stumbled across what seemed like a somewhat useful piece from The Fisherman Magazine titled “ALPHABET SOUP: TOP 25 FISHY ACRONYMS.” The intent at first seemed to be to bring some clarity to the mess of words/acronyms regularly used in […]

On Bunker, It’s Time To Show Up

On Bunker, It’s Time To Show Up

Starting next week, ASMFC is holding Menhaden Amendment 3 hearings… and we need to be there. I’m not going to wax this time about how recent aggregations of menhaden have created extraordinary conditions for fishermen targeting striped bass, sharks etc., or all the other life the massive pods have drawn, most notably the whales. It’s […]

No… It’s Not Okay…

No… It’s Not Okay…

Photo: Bluefin Tuna, by Captain John McMurray As we get into the thick of tuna season right now, and plenty of “large-medium” and “giant” class bluefin tuna are being caught by anglers around Cape Cod, and “small mediums” as well as good-sized yellowfin in the New York Bite, I thought it more than appropriate to […]

Thanks New Jersey…

Thanks New Jersey…

Some may be cheering the Secretary of Commerce’s decision to overrule ASMFC on summer flounder, but in the end, Jersey may have really screwed us If you are a regular reader, you likely know the controversy surrounding summer flounder (aka fluke). And I’m guessing you’re probably up to speed on the striped bass situation, too […]

Why Bunker Matter

Why Bunker Matter

As numerous “50s” are being caught off the coast of Jersey, it’s pretty darn clear… If you are a striper fisherman, unless you’ve taken some sorta sabbatical from social media, I’m guessing you’ve heard about the downright epic fishing off the Jersey Shore right now. I mean, complete insanity. “Last night was one for the […]

The Straight Dope on Squid

The Straight Dope on Squid

Localized depletion and bycatch are real in this fishery and need to be addressed If you fish at all, really, you know that just about everything eats squid. Fluke, striped bass, black seabass, scup, weakfish, bluefin and yellowfin tuna, billfish, mahi… I could probably go on. And hey… I eat it too! Because it’s pretty […]

On Being A Council Member

On Being A Council Member

Tough decisions that benefit the “public trust” come with the territory For the last 9 years I’ve served on the Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council – one of eight regional federal fishery management councils – holding New York’s “Obligatory” seat. It is no easy gig. There is nothing more I’d rather NOT be doing than […]