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Looking Out for Anglers and the Recreational Fishing Industry
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Looking Out for Anglers and the Recreational Fishing Industry

For 89 years, the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) has advocated on the sportfishing industry’s behalf when legislation, policies or trade decisions are introduced which could have a positive or negative impact on our members’ businesses and our nation’s anglers. From the passage of major federal legislation to working with state and regional policymakers on important...

Further Changes to Striped Bass Management are Coming
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Further Changes to Striped Bass Management are Coming

The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) manages striped bass cooperatively with the other East Coast states through the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). The latest assessment released in 2019 showed that striped bass are overfished primarily owing to the relatively poor year classes (the number of young born and surviving in a certain...

Reminder of DESCEND Act Requirements and Effective Date
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Reminder of DESCEND Act Requirements and Effective Date

The Direct Enhancement of Snapper Conservation and the Economy through Novel Devices Act of 2020 (DESCEND Act) requires persons on commercial, for-hire, and private recreational vessels to have a venting tool or descending device rigged and ready to use when fishing for reef fish species in Gulf of Mexico federal waters.  The effective date of...

Commercial Poachers Convicted for Illegal Fishing in MPA
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Commercial Poachers Convicted for Illegal Fishing in MPA

A San Diego County judge recently imposed a $5,000 fine on a Commercial Passenger Fishing Vessel (CPFV) operating in a Marine Protected Area (MPA), the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced. It was the first implementation of increased commercial poaching fines and penalties under Assembly Bill 2369, authored by San Diego Assemblywoman Lorena...

Acoustic Survey Initiated to Investigate Uncounted Menhaden
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Acoustic Survey Initiated to Investigate Uncounted Menhaden

Despite being one of the largest and most high-profile fisheries on the East Coast, there are still gaps in our understanding of Atlantic menhaden. This is especially true in their northern range, in New England and the Mid-Atlantic. But this winter, a new project will look specifically to count menhaden in these areas, shedding new...

January 2022 Gulf Council Meeting Changed to Virtual Format
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January 2022 Gulf Council Meeting Changed to Virtual Format

Due to the increasing cases of COVID-19 and concerns about travel delays, the January 24-27, 2022, meeting of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will be completely virtual. To join the virtual meeting, register for the webinar. Public testimony will be held on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 from 2:15-5:30 PM CST. To provide public testimony,...

New Program Aims to Prevent Aquatic Invasive Species Spread
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New Program Aims to Prevent Aquatic Invasive Species Spread

The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) initiated a new program to prevent delays during the transport of watercraft destined for the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. The program, “Call Before You Haul,” provides a toll-free phone number boat transporters can call prior to transporting watercraft from outside the Pacific Northwest to one...