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Striped Bass is a Poor Model for Recreational Fishery Management

Striped Bass is a Poor Model for Recreational Fishery Management

Ever since the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) successfully rebuilt the collapsed Atlantic striped bass population in 1995, some segments of the recreational fishing community have used striped bass as an example of how recreational fisheries ought to be managed. Praise for ASMFC’s approach to striped bass management reached a crescendo in the run-up […]

Why Newsom Must Fix Brown’s Misguided California Water Policy Before It’s Too Late for Our Fish

Why Newsom Must Fix Brown’s Misguided California Water Policy Before It’s Too Late for Our Fish

Photo: California salmon fisherman Mike Hudson wrestles a Sacramento River Chinook salmon on his boat, the F/V Cash Flo II Jerry Brown did many good things for the state of California during his multiple tenures as governor, but water management was not among them. He was a good showman, but it has been rightly pointed […]

‘Toxic 2018’

‘Toxic 2018’

The Nightmare that Should Teach Us Several Lessons about Water Quality & Fisheries Management 2018 proved a good time — if there is such a thing — for this angler to have both hips replaced. Though surgery meant six months off and out of the water, the recovery took me out of the fishing game […]

Slot Limits No Panacea for Summer Flounder

Slot Limits No Panacea for Summer Flounder

The summer flounder population has been in a decline. Such decline is due, in large part, not to overfishing (although modest overfishing has occurred in one or two recent years), but to at least six consecutive years of below-average recruitment of young fish into the flounder population. Biologists haven’t yet figured out why such low […]