The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission met in late January to give a final review of the draft Amendment 7 to the Striped Bass Management Plan before releasing a final version for public comment.
The management plan aims to rebuild the stock in the future.
In 2003, when Amendment 6 to the Interstate Atlantic Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan was passed, the striped bass stock was healthy. Female spawning stock biomass was at the highest level on record, overfishing was not occurring, and successful spawnings were steadily replenishing the striped bass population.
However, according to a 2018 striped bass stock assessment, striped bass are “overfished” (depleted) and “overfishing” (fishing at a rate that would continue to deplete) is occurring. Additionally, the reproductive rate of striped bass in Maryland, the most important spawning ground, has been well below average for the past three years.
Fisheries managers and stakeholders are counting on the new amendment (Amendment 7) to change things.
For a detailed explanation of the provisions of Amendment 7, see an article by Charles Witek on www.conservefish.org. Another article written by Captain John McMurray, president of the American Saltwater Guides Association, can be viewed at association of saltwater guides.com.
Public hearings on Amendment 7 to the Striped Bass Management Plan will be held online in Rhode Island on Tuesday, March 15 from 5:30-8 p.m. and in Massachusetts on Monday, March 21 from 6-8 p.m. www.asmfs.org for more details.
NOAA Internship Program Seeks Undergraduate Applicants for 2022 Summer Program
The NOAA Fisheries Inclusive Fisheries InternSHIP (IN FISH!) program is now accepting applications for the 2022 summer program. Launching in 2021, IN FISH! is a paid summer internship for various undergraduate students interested in careers in the following fields: fisheries, marine and environmental sciences, resource management, education and outreach.
For more details on the program, visit fisheries.noaa.gov.
“We are thrilled to bring together another class of talented students who are considering careers in the kinds of science and management that we practice at NOAA Fisheries,” said Nicole Cabana, deputy director of NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center. “We know that many bright, hard-working undergraduates are interested in the work we do, and we look forward to welcoming students from colleges and universities across the country, including historically black colleges and universities. and other institutions serving minorities,” she mentioned.
The 2022 IN FISH! the class will be announced in mid-March. Staff will travel to campuses to meet potential applicants in January and early February, pandemic conditions permitting. In the meantime, IN FISH! staff are available now via videoconference to answer questions and chat with interested students and faculty. Recruitment and application inquiries can be directed to [email protected]
Download AnglerCatch, a free fishing app
Want to improve your fishing effort with a new fishing app? Then you should download AnglerCatch for free.
AnglerCatch, the electronic catch and effort logging software developed by the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association and its partners Rhode Island DEM and Harbor Light Software is now available in the App Store for free download on smartphones or tablets available in the app store of your devices.
“The goal of this two-year project is to serve as a pilot project, constantly receiving feedback from anglers and refining AnglerCatch to work better for anglers,” said Fran Karp, CEO of Harbor Light Software,
The app is tested by RISAA members and non-member anglers with the aim of improving the app with input from anglers. The hope is that the app will be used by anglers this season and then expanded in years three and four as additional funds are sought to further develop the app coastwide.
“AnglerCatch will help anglers provide more accurate data to fishery managers while providing a logbook that can help improve anglers’ fishing efforts,” said RISAA Executive Director Greg Vespe. “The data collected by anglers will complement the marine recreation information program used to estimate recreational fishing catch and effort.” Thus, each time the application is used, anglers contribute to the conservation and abundance of fish.
“AnglerCatch’s Angler Logbook feature will improve fishing by providing information about past fishing trips to help develop fishing strategies and tactics to catch more or more fish on future trips.”
Reports on the species caught in a given month, the tide and wind when the bite was on (and off), and the types of baits and lures that seem to work best are just a few of the useful information points that can be recorded. You can put a lot of effort into entering log information, or none at all and just report your catches and effort to help fish managers manage better.
AnglerCatch will eventually take the information already available to you on your smartphone and put it into a handy app. In future iterations, we hope you can check tides, moon phases, regulations, weather, and more. as features are added or linked to AnglerCatch.
“The goal of this pilot program is to provide an additional source of data that can be used to supplement MRIP data,” said Conor McManus, Head of Marine Fisheries for RI DEM. “We are particularly interested in better characterizing recreational discard data for a number of recreationally important species. The goal is to have complementary data to help guide management decisions regarding fishing seasons and state regulations.
Data will be shared with RI DEM Marine Fisheries and other fisheries managers to fill data gaps for certain species/fisheries, provide alternative measures for managers to compare with catch estimates generated by NOAA Fisheries MRIP, and to help refine recreational fishing regulations and allocations.
Watch for AnglerCatch and Harbor Light Software at the New England Saltwater Fishing Show March 11-13 at the Rhode Island Convention Center. They plan to have a booth and you can attend their seminar to learn how recreational fishing data is collected to estimate recreational fishing catch and effort.
The goal is to have you download the AnglerCatch app to your smartphone and try it out before you leave the seminar or trade show.
Where’s the bite?
Cod and haddock: Party cod fishing boats south of Cape Cod and off Rhode Island, weather permitting, include the Frances Fleet at Francesfleet.com the seven Bs to Sevenbs.comand the current of the island to www.islandcurrent.com. To fish haddock in Massachusetts, search for haddock in Newburyport or Gloucester.
Fresh water: As temperatures rise and fall this week, check safe ice conditions with cities and towns.
Dave Monti holds a captain’s license and a charter fishing licence. He sits on various boards and commissions and has an advisory practice focused on clean oceans, habitat preservation, conservation, renewable energy, and fisheries issues and clients. Send fishing news and photos to [email protected] or visit noflukefishing.com.