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 […]

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 […]