Daily Press archives: How do you save the oyster industry?

 

A Maryland commission on saving the Chesapeake Bay‘s beleaguered oyster population has concluded that trying to restore both the oyster and the traditional, watermen-driven oyster industry can’t be done.

Daily Press archives: How do you save the oyster industry? – dailypress.com

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February Hot Catches

 

On Sept. 17, Richard C. Keatley, of Norfolk, Va., USA, landed a striped bass (Morone saxatilis) weighing in at 23.27kg (51 lb 5 oz). He used a clouser minnow fly tied to 10 kg (20 lb), tippet while fishing Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. The current IGFA men’s tippet record is 43 lb 12 oz ( 19.84kg) caught Dec., 2006, from the same area. It took Keatley 30 minutes to land.

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Striped Bass Fishing Report

 

On days when winds and seas have been calm enough for local anglers to anchor up over the wrecks and reefs off of Delmarva, catch reports have indicated good fishing for some nice tautog. Sue Foster at Oyster Bay Tackle reported tog up to 17 pounds being caught by anglers fishing aboard the Morning Star with Captain Monty Hawkins. The most consistent action has been coming from the deeper wrecks and structure where bottom temperatures are a few degrees warmer than they are on the inshore snags. Fishermen focusing on blackfish are baiting with a variety of offerings, including clams, white leggers, green crabs, frozen whole shrimp and frozen sand fleas. With water temperatures in the mid-30s along the coast, there haven’t been any reports of success from surf fishermen. Even the dogfish sharks and skates seem to have abandoned the local beaches.

Delaware fishing report | delawareonline.com | The News Journal

Local Fishermen Rally on Capitol Hill

Fishermen from Maryland and Virginia were among the thousands who rallied on Capitol Hill to protest rules they say are threatening their livelihood.

Virginia Eastern Shore fisherman Darryl Lilliston says Congress must ease fishing restrictions or folks like him will go out of business.

"We are going to be gone," he says. "We are already two-thirds extinct and failing every day."

Local Fishermen Rally on Capitol Hill | NBC Washington

Fishermen protest law that closes many areas to fishing

 

Fishermen, anglers, charter and party boat captains and marine business owners from coast to coast gathered here to demand changes in fisheries law that they say is putting them out of work.

This year and next, endangered coastal fishing grounds in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans are to be closed to allow depleted fish species to recover from overfishing. The closures could be as long as 10 years

Fishermen protest law that closes many areas to fishing – KansasCity.com

Worries again surface over striped bass

 

The aircraft flew beyond the three-mile limit from shore where striped bass fishing is allowed and spotted a flotilla of fishing boats. When the skippers noticed the helicopter overhead, the reaction was swift and immediate.

"It looked like the boat races back to the three-mile limit," said Col. Rick Lauderman, chief of the Virginia Marine Police.

Striped bass are a conservation and fish management success story, coming back from the brink of near collapse in the 1980s.

But these days, the species may be a victim of its own success and also a victim of anglers — both commercial and recreational — who sometimes flout the rules in a quest for trophy fish. Lots of them.

What is happening to the south this winter could have significant consequences off Delaware’s coast this spring and summer, when the fish head north to spawn.

There is enough concern that Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Executive Director John V. O’Shea — at the request of member states — this month asked the National Marine Fisheries to increase the civil penalties for illegal fishing for striped bass beyond the three-mile limit.

Angela Annino of Connecticut holds up a striped bass. Scientists think the capture of mature female stripers wintering off Virginia and North Carolina could affect population stability. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

STRIPED BASS ON THE ATLANTIC COAST

Atlantic coast stripers range from the St. Johns River in Florida to the St. Lawrence River in Canada, but the biggest concentrations is from Hatteras in North Carolina to Maine. Scientists believe the large females spend the winter off North Carolina and Virginia following the bait fish — one of the many foods stripers eat — from inshore waters such as Roanoke Sound out to the open ocean. As the inshore waters cool, the bait fish move to warmer waters offshore and the stripers follow them.

 

Worries again surface over striped bass | delawareonline.com | The News Journal

Saltwater fishermen gathering to catch Congress’ attention

Thousands of saltwater fishermen, some from as far away as Florida, Texas and the Pacific Coast, plan to rally outside the U.S. Capitol this week seeking reforms to federal policies they view as increasingly hostile to recreational fishing.

They plan to march Thursday under a banner of "United We Fish" as the anglers are joined by members of Congress who are backing revisions to encourage more flexibility from government regulators.

Saltwater fishermen gathering to catch Congress’ attention | ScrippsNews