Know Your Fisher

Know Your Fisher

As a fisheries organizer, there’s one question I get at almost every public event I’m a part of: “What is one thing that I can do to help fish and fishermen?” It’s a tough question to answer and one that I’m sure I will hear a lot during this October, which happens to be National […]

A Toxic Pastime?

A Toxic Pastime?

Striped bass unite us on the East Coast. For thousands of years these hearty fish have made their impressive migration from the Mid-Atlantic Bight to Southern New England and north to the Gulf of Maine. Stripers have a curiously strong magnetic pull. They draw hoards of anglers to the coast. They drive us to spend […]

Teaching the Joy of Fishing

Teaching the Joy of Fishing

Photo: Janet Coit, DEM Director; Steve Medeiros, RISAA president/camp director; and camp participants held a cast-off to open the third annual RISAA Youth Fishing Camp. This summer was a big success for Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association (RISAA) youth programs, such as Take-a-Kid Fishing Day, which exposes youth to fishing for the first time, Youth […]

How to NOT Catch a whale: Fishermen Find Solutions to Whales Stealing their Fish

How to NOT Catch a whale: Fishermen Find Solutions to Whales Stealing their Fish

Photo: Sperm whale with calf, by Gabriel Barathieu via Wikipedia Typically, a fisherman just needs to worry about catching fish; they are the top predator. That’s not the case for longline fishermen in the Gulf of Alaska, however. Hungry sperm whales have learned over time how to remove the highly prized sablefish (which fetches an […]

Saltwater Anglers: Paying For Conservation?

Saltwater Anglers:  Paying For Conservation?

Ever since April 2017, when the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act — the so-called “Modern Fish Act” — was introduced in the House of Representatives, anglers have been urged to support the bill, its Senate companion, S. 1520, and the much more dangerous Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act, H.R. 200. […]