Why Bunker Matter

Why Bunker Matter

As numerous “50s” are being caught off the coast of Jersey, it’s pretty darn clear… If you are a striper fisherman, unless you’ve taken some sorta sabbatical from social media, I’m guessing you’ve heard about the downright epic fishing off the Jersey Shore right now. I mean, complete insanity. “Last night was one for the […]

North to Neah Bay

North to Neah Bay

Photo: Bob Rees with a Neah Bay halibut, caught on May 21st, 2017 I have often written about how fortunate I am to have the job that I do. I get to go into communities all across the region and talk to people about fish conservation issues. In the last few years, I’ve gone to […]

On Being A Council Member

On Being A Council Member

Tough decisions that benefit the “public trust” come with the territory For the last 9 years I’ve served on the Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council – one of eight regional federal fishery management councils – holding New York’s “Obligatory” seat. It is no easy gig. There is nothing more I’d rather NOT be doing than […]

Time For Some Positive Fishing News

Time For Some Positive Fishing News

How about some positive fishing news? Every day there’s a lot of discouraging fishing news with all of the regulations (necessary but often painful), state and federal fishing laws, fishing bills in Congress, climate change news and more. So here it is, the positive, good fishing news from Rhode Island. Most of this positive news […]

Strong Laws for a Sustainable Fishing Future

Strong Laws for a Sustainable Fishing Future

I remain a bit perplexed as to why our Pacific Coast groundfish remain so less controversial than those on the east coast. Having just come from another trip to Washington, DC, where both sport and commercial fishers were “working the hill” on Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization, it was good to see the common goal of preserving such […]