The Economics Argument in Fisheries Management

The Economics Argument in Fisheries Management

There’s been a dramatic shift in fisheries lately, and folks should be aware of how the changes could alter the future of our public resource. Namely, the word “economics” slowly started to creep into the fisheries management conversation several years ago. The concept of economics is covered in the National Standard 8: Conservation and management […]

Fisheries Management Structure Could be at Risk

Fisheries Management Structure Could be at Risk

Photo by John McMurray From the outside looking in, fisheries management can appear complicated and frustrating. There are many sectors with different agendas. Each sector wants rules that are friendly to their position relative to the best available science and their opinions. I’ve sat in countless council meetings, commissions, and workgroups over the years. It […]

Striped Bass Need Menhaden Now More Than Ever

Striped Bass Need Menhaden Now More Than Ever

Atlantic Menhaden Management Board meets November 14th – Mark Your Calendars – Your Voice Needed For decades, numerous coastal communities in the Chesapeake Bay were alive and vibrant. Charter captains and recreational anglers would leave from ports like Solomon’s Island, Point Lookout, Breezy Point, and Tilghman Island in Maryland every day in search of a […]

Innovation & Technology Just Might Help In Managing Red Snapper For All…If Cooler Heads Prevail

Innovation & Technology Just Might Help In Managing Red Snapper For All…If Cooler Heads Prevail

Red snapper photo courtesy of Charles Witek The state of Louisiana is embracing innovation and technology as a way to improve red snapper management. On Thursday May 25, Louisiana Department of Fish and Wildlife (LDFW) released a press statement detailing a pilot program for red snapper management in the recreational sector. This test program, in […]

Without the Fisheries Resource, There is No Lifestyle

Without the Fisheries Resource, There is No Lifestyle

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) recently announced the 2017 Gulf of Mexico three-day federal-water season. It’s disappointing. My Louisiana roots go back to the Colonial French and many generations strong. Though my pride for the state runs deep, I find myself disheartened that my state and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fish (LDWF) […]