A Journey To The Unknown: Revised Recreational Catch Data

A Journey To The Unknown:  Revised Recreational Catch Data

Photo by John McMurray For many years, anglers have criticized estimates of recreational fish landings produced by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), which are used by fishery managers to set seasons, bag limits and other regulations. Such anglers typically argue that NMFS overestimates recreational harvest, which results in unnecessary restrictions being placed on recreational […]

Tightlined Slam For Conservation

Tightlined Slam For Conservation

Western Long Island Sound fishing Tournament Raises Money for Marine Conservation Top photo by John McMurray The first Tightlined Slam tournament will be occurring September 28-30 at Wilson Cove Marina in Norwalk, CT. This is a catch-and-release only tournament, with the proceeds going to the Marine Fish Conservation Network. A captains’ meeting will be held […]

Shortfin Makos in Peril

Shortfin Makos in Peril

Shortfin makos swim through the ocean like they own the place, moving swiftly and decisively below the surface, or cruising up on top displaying their distinctive blue-black dorsal fin, like a flag, to the sun. Along the northeast coast, they’re the shark most sought out by anglers, because they are a fish of superlatives. Shortfin […]

A Network ‘Thank You’ to Representatives Who Voted NO on HR 200

A Network ‘Thank You’ to Representatives Who Voted NO on HR 200

Last week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 200, the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act, which would be a significant step back from the years of progress made in effective fisheries management under the Magnuson-Stevens Act. H.R. 200 would undermine the use of science that has been so successful in […]