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ASMFC Striped Bass Board Initiates Addendum to Reduce Fishing Mortality

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board has initiated development of Draft Addendum III with the goals of reducing striped bass fishing mortality (F) up to 40% and further protecting spawning stock when it is concentrated and vulnerable. The addendum was initiated in order to allow managers to promptly respond to [...]Read original article


Commercial Quota Increase for Striped Bass Denied

Despite a strong effort from the commercial sector, the proposal to increase the commercial striped bass kill was overwhelmingly shot down this afternoon. The vote was 10-4-1.  Only Rhode Island, New York, Delaware and North Carolina voted against the motion that would keep commercial harvest at current levels.  The Potomac River Fisheries Commission abstained, and [...]Read original article


When “free” isn’t free

By Candus Thomson, Outdoors Baltimore Sun, June 18, 2010 So New York lawmakers and leaders of the Recreational Fishing Alliance are drooling all over themselves because the state Senate passed a bill to repeal its $10 saltwater fishing license and replace it with a free angler registry. As Bugs Bunny would say, “What a bunch of maroons.” Lucky for [...]Read original article


States Schedule Hearings on Striped Bass Commercial Increase: Public Comment Accepted Until Oct 1

States Schedule Hearings on Striped Bass Draft Addendum II: Public Comment Accepted Until October 1Read original article



An unsustainable number of pre-spawn bass are being slaughtered in an illegal fishery, and law enforcement could care less.Read original article


ASMFC Continues Effort to Increase Commercial Bass Harvest

Gamble to increase commercial take by up to 50 percent heads for public hearingsRead original article


ASMFC Approves Commercial Increase Addendum for Public Comment

See below…  Fishing hard and trying to keep my head above water at my day job, so no time to comment in detail on this right now, but any regular reader of this column knows what the deal is.  Very quickly, before reading the below press release, keep in mind that there is some new news [...]Read original article



A widely inaccurate ESPN article sets off national panicRead original article



Once again, short-term economic interests trump conservationRead original article