Urge managers to act now to address declines in the striped bass population Striped bass is arguably the most popular saltwater recreational fishery on the Atlantic Coast, and is often cited as a model of successful fisheries management. After decades of overharvest brought the stock to the brink of collapse, prompting a moratorium in the [...]
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In response to declining populations of striped bass, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is considering a reduction in recreational and commercial fishing mortality. The Commission put forth a wide variety of options for how to achieve a harvest reduction over a one to three year period, including bag limits, size limits, slot limits, and [...]
The Maine Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife passed a resolution that directs the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to study the impacts of soft baits on fishing and the environment and report the results to the legislature in January 2014. This resolution still needs to go to the floor of both the state Senate and state House of Representatives.
Asian carp, considered an invasive species by the U.S. Departments of the Interior and Agriculture, are a significant threat to the Great Lakes’ recreational fisheries. Carp populations have the potential to expand rapidly and change the ecosystem composition of the Great Lakes. This will significantly harm the $7 billion annual sportfishing economy in the Great Lakes region.
Across the nation, efforts to shut anglers out of their favorite fishing spots are increasing. In fact, access – or the lack of it – is the primary reason anglers say prevents them from enjoying a day on the water.