About this blog

  After many years of conservation work, it has become clear that we must do more to protect our marine resources.  The intent of this blog is to be a resource for education and outreach.  Saltwater anglers need to understand the issues we face in order to preserve their rich history.  It is hard to …

What to Expect with Striped Bass

Originally posted on Marine Fish Conservation Network Striped bass are the most iconic fish on the East Coast. Countless books have been written about them. Small coastal communities from Maine to North Carolina have depended on striped bass for centuries. We’ve loved stripers since before we were a country. That may seem overly dramatic, but …

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Fishery Management Structure may be at Risk

Originally posted on Marine Fish Conservation Network   From the outside looking in, fisheries management can appear complicated and frustrating. There are many sectors with different agendas. Each sector wants rules that are friendly to their position relative to the best available science and their opinions. I’ve sat in countless council meetings, commissions, and workgroups …

The Idea of Ecosystem-Based Management and Menhaden

  Originally posted on Marine Fish Conservation Network Fisheries management is based on a single-species approach. Stock assessments are done, annual catch limits (ACLs) are applied, and we know how many fish can be taken from the resource, leaving enough to produce a stable population for years to come. The single-species approach is effective in …

The Economics Argument in Fisheries Management

There’s been a dramatic shift in fisheries lately, and folks should be aware of how the changes could alter the future of our public resource. Namely, the word “economics” slowly started to creep into the fisheries management conversation several years ago. The concept of economics is covered in the National Standard 8: Conservation and management measures …

Striped Bass Need Menhaden Now More Than Ever

Originally posted on Marine Fish Conservation Network   For decades, numerous coastal communities in the Chesapeake Bay were alive and vibrant. Charter captains and recreational anglers would leave from ports like Solomon’s Island, Point Lookout, Breezy Point, and Tilghman Island in Maryland every day in search of a variety of sport fish. Each port had …

Time for Recreational Anglers to Advocate for Conservation

For many years, it was my job to figure out what anglers cared about and represent their concerns to various decision makers. We used internet polls, face to face meetings, and questionnaires to see what really mattered to recreational anglers in Maryland. In 2012, the main areas of concern for Chesapeake Bay fishermen were striped …