saltwater fisheries

September 22, 2019
Are Maryland recreational anglers about to lose a portion of their allotment of the total striped bass catch to commercial interests? It’s a distinct possibility – this is a hair-on-fire moment,…
August 20, 2019
Pound nets are found throughout the Chesapeake Bay waters – every time you drive past those lines of poles with nets hanging from them, you’re going by a pound net. Commercial fishermen use the nets…
August 7, 2019
Since it’s the height of summer and thus a time of high mortality among released fish, especially stripers (see Striped Bass Population: The Controversy Continues for more details), this month we set…
July 20, 2019
Few events have had such a dramatic impact on our region’s fisheries as the recent explosion of northern snakeheads. This “new” species may have been around in our waters for well over a decade, but…
July 12, 2019
Whether you’re fishing for sport, dinner, or profession, when you swing your catch out of the water it’s a triumphant moment – but what if the fish you caught could also contribute to valuable…
July 8, 2019
Opening day of rockfish season, I’m dusting off my old work boots and grabbing a pair of chore gloves. Not to catch that trophy fish, but to meet a group of dedicated volunteers who in rural southern…
July 6, 2019
Editor's Note: After this article was written but prior to publication, NOAA opened a public comment period on this very topic; be sure to see Angler Public Input Needed, if the following boils your…
June 20, 2019
NOAA needs to hear from recreational anglers regarding the MRIP numbers they use to calculate how many fish we can catch. The following open post by Captain Monty Hawkins is being reprinted here,…
June 1, 2019
In late March the Gulf of Maine Research Institute held one of their Marine Resources Education Program (MREP) workshops in Hanover, Maryland. The aim of MREP is to provide the recreational angling…
May 19, 2019
Welcome to summertime, Mid-Atlantic anglers, and the awesome fishing that goes along with it – and welcome back to another edition of FishTalk, where we remain as dedicated as ever to helping you…
April 30, 2019
What did we really learn from today’s Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASFMC) meeting, regarding future striped bass regulations? That we anglers will be on pins and needles for a while…
April 24, 2019
You may remember reading in our Chesapeake Bay Trophy Rockfish Season 2019 Opener Preview that in consideration of the recent stock assessments, North Carolina had already closed most of its waters…
January 26, 2019
Your chance to provide input to the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (MAFMC) is right now, and it will end February 28 – don’t miss the opportunity! The MAFMC has stated that they’re “…
January 18, 2019
A few months back in Notes From The Cockpit: The Floaters, I addressed the issue of the floaters (dead striped bass) spotted in the Bay the past few seasons. It seemed to strike a chord - the…
January 2, 2019
On the last day of the year, the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2018, known as the Modern Fish Act, was signed into law. Introduced to the Senate by Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss…
November 15, 2018
Few fish are as popular as redfish – and sometimes, it seems as though few are as tough to catch, which is why earlier this year we published How to Catch More Red Drum: Three Tips. But those tactics…
June 8, 2018
With a bite pressure of four tons per square inch and dozens of dagger-sharp teeth, the mako shark jumps to mind when considering what species might be the most dangerous in the ocean. But that would…
April 6, 2017
Supported by Congressmen Garret Graves (R-La), Gene Green (D-Texas), Daniel Webster (R-Fla), and Rob Whittman (R-Va), the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017 (Modern Fish Act)…