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 …

A Lesson Worth Learning

  As you all know by now, Lefty Kreh left this earth on March 14, 2018.  He took his last breath around 1:30 P.M. surrounded by his family without pain or suffering.  The loss to the fishing community is incalculable.  He left a tsunami sized wake wherever he went. All the stories are true.  He …

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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 …