Managing Fisheries for Generations to Come

Managing Fisheries for Generations to Come

Photo: Oregon coast, via Wikipedia Just like a day on the water, if you pay attention, you can learn something every day, even stuck in a large meeting room full of representatives with diverse interests. I attended the first (hopefully annual) Roadmap to the Outdoors Symposium sponsored by many great companies, agencies and organizations. It’s […]

Modern Fish Act Holds Little Hope for Fishermen

Modern Fish Act Holds Little Hope for Fishermen

Photo: Commercial and Recreational fishing, by John McMurray With a name like the “Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act,” many fishermen had hope. Private recreational fishermen were hoping for legislation that truly modernized the way recreational fisheries are managed in the United States. Commercial fishermen hoped for this as well – and hoped that it wouldn’t […]

Fish For The Common Good, Not For A Few

Fish For The Common Good, Not For A Few

In this nation, great laws protect us from ourselves. National laws such as Bill of Rights, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Civil Rights Act all serve the purpose of the common good and yet protect the rights of individuals. Since its inception in 1976, the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA), the fishing law of this […]

Managing Fish? Show Us The Numbers

Managing Fish? Show Us The Numbers

One of the hottest issues in saltwater fisheries management is who—state or federal agencies—should have the power to manage the fish. Federal fishery managers have a record of success. In 2000, 92 federally-managed stocks were overfished and 72 were subject to overfishing. By the end of 2016, thanks to the efforts of federal managers, only […]

Creating A Crisis for Gulf Red Snapper

Creating A Crisis for Gulf Red Snapper

In 2017, at the behest of some federal legislators and angling-related organizations, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) reopened the private-boat recreational red snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico, even though agency officials knew that such action would lead to significant overfishing and delay the recovery of the red snapper stock. Representatives of the recreational […]