Thank God For Bluefish…

Thank God For Bluefish…

Why We Should Be Focusing On Fish In The Water, Rather Than Extraction While it’s probably not great for business for me to admit it, I’ve gotta be honest, on the striped bass front, it’s been tough going this spring. Lots of small fish around, but those 30-plus inch fish, (I’m talking specifically about the […]

Alaskans Understand that Science-Based Fisheries Management is Just Common Sense

Alaskans Understand that Science-Based Fisheries Management is Just Common Sense

Noah Sunflower at the Bristol Bay Fish Expo gathering signatures for a Magnuson-Stevens Act sign-on letter, including one from former Senator Mark Begich. Last Friday at 6:00 a.m. I set up a folding table and covered it in stickers, flyers, and smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels because it was “Anchorage Bike to Work Day.” […]

The Last Buffalo Hunt

The Last Buffalo Hunt

Photo: Tony Friedrich and fluke My boat sits on the Southern end of a decent-sized island in the Chesapeake Bay. When my bare feet touch the aging fiberglass deck, I feel at home. Securing the gear, warming up the engines, and throwing the lines is a cathartic experience. Basically, I can’t wipe the smile from […]

Fishing Isn’t Just for the Big Boats

Fishing Isn’t Just for the Big Boats

Photo: The Slavins with springers After 20+ years on the Oregon Coast—during which a depleted stock of sturgeon contributed to the loss of a huge component of my guide business and an opportunity presented itself to work for the Association of Northwest Steelheaders—I find myself in disbelief as to the state of our inland fisheries. […]

Hopes, Fears and The Future

Hopes, Fears and The Future

My fishing seasons begin bright with hope and filled with expectations. Last year’s mistakes and missed opportunities have been recalled and dissected all winter; plans have been laid to assure better outcomes next time. And those next times are coming soon. The marina has promised that, sometime later this week, my boat will go into […]

Fisheries Policy at Fisher Poets

Fisheries Policy at Fisher Poets

Photo: Astoria harbor and bridge, via Flickr/Wikipedia. Astoria, Oregon is the perfect setting for turning back the clocks to reminisce on the old ways of the fishermen. This place used to house the saltiest people of the sea who nestled into town after crossing the world’s most dangerous intersection where the grand Columbia River enters […]

Deserts and Oceans: What Bighorn Sheep Can Teach Us About Marine Fisheries

Deserts and Oceans: What Bighorn Sheep Can Teach Us About Marine Fisheries

A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to assist with a desert bighorn sheep (ovis canadensis nelson) recovery and translocation project in the Chihuahuan Desert of west Texas. We captured 82 bighorns by helicopter, carried them to a processing station where we collected blood samples, hair samples, nasal swabs and the like; GPS […]