NOAA Fisheries’ Maine Recreation Information Program now has a website that answers questions from anglers on producing recreational catch and effort estimates that are used, in part. , to establish harvest limits for recreational fishing.
An article titled “Ask MRIP: Answering Your Questions About Estimating Recreational Catch” can be viewed at Fisheries noaa.gov/feature-story/.
Questions addressed in the article, which is packed with data links, include: “Why do we ‘estimate’ recreational catches? “” How does sampling work? “” How are recreational catch estimates produced? And, “How does NOAA Fisheries ensure that its estimates are of high quality?”
If you have any questions about recreational ratings, email NOAA Fisheries at [email protected]
Need to amend fisheries law to rapidly mitigate climate impacts
Last week I wrote about climate change scenario planning and its usefulness as a planning tool. It is a process that helps fisheries mitigate and manage climate impacts on habitat, fish, marine mammals and fishing communities. NOAA held three workshops in the fishing community to explain the process.
I shared how I thought the fate of North Atlantic right whales would benefit from scenario planning. My mistake, there was a North American right whale scenario planning session hosted by NOAA with a report released in March. For the summary report, visit Fisheries.noaa.gov.
NOAA’s scenario planning for right whales was a good initiative, however, fish managers are not acting quickly enough to deal with climate impacts. The scenario planning session took place in 2018, with a report on the session released in March 2021. So while some action was taken early, it took three years to implement the new federal regulations of September 2021. designed to protect the right of the critically endangered North Atlantic. entanglement whales in lobster fishing gear.
We all need to do better, including NOAA, its regional councils, state regulators, the fishing community and fishing writers like me to explain how climate change is affecting our fish and our habitat.
We need to adapt or re-authorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act, our national fisheries law, to allow us to be more agile in the face of climate impacts, as the impacts of climate change are exponential and are not waiting for us.
A new bill to re-authorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act was introduced in the United States House of Representatives by Congressmen Jared Huffman (D-CA) and Edward Chase (D-HI).
The bill contains climate change provisions that would provide NOAA with the funding it needs to do additional research, stock assessments to try to stay ahead of the impacts of climate change, and give it the power to ‘act faster.
There is still time to participate in the Albie Shootout
It’s hardtail season again and the only way to make this memorable time of year more exciting is to spice it up with a little competition. Peter Jenkins, owner of the Saltwater Edge in Middletown said: âThe Albie Shootout will run through October 2 with competition in the shore, kayak, fly and boat divisions – with impressive prizes for each winner.
The event takes place in a capture-photo-release format and anglers compete to count the lengths of three albies. There will be prizes for the Biggest Albie, Biggest Bonito and Biggest Spanish Mackerel, with opportunities to win other prizes as well. Registration fee is $ 25 per angler, available for purchase in store or at saltwateredge.com, 100% of proceeds will be donated to the American Saltwater Guides Association.
Where’s the bite?
Tautog: Neil Hayes of Quaker Lane Bait & Tackle, North Kingstown, said: âTautog fishing gets better every day. Fishermen catch keepers in 30 to 40 feet of water. âThe bite of the tautog is slow. Customers must dedicate their time and work for them. Guard fish are caught at Codington Cover Pier in Middletown, Plum Beach Lighthouse and in front of Newport, but like I say anglers take their time catching them. Paul Phillips of North Kingstown said: âFished off Newport on Monday from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. It took about 15 minutes for the first bite, then the action was uninterrupted. I kept my limit of three fish. I returned many 16-20 inch fish, many 14 inch to just under 16 shorts were released as well. Caught 42 overall.
Striped bass, blue fish and false albacore: Neil Hayes of Quaker Lane said: âThe false albacore bite returned shortly after the storms of last week. And the striped bass bite is pretty good along the south coast of the coast. Saltwater fly expert guide Ed Lombardo said, âI had a nice stripper last week on the Narrow (Narragansett) River. Shads have now been prolific for about three weeks, which in most cases leads to larger stripes. The bait, juvenile bunker were very plentiful for the same time. As you know it’s so much fun to catch strippers on the fly rod. East End Eddie Doherty said: âThe east channel tide carried a mid-sized school of shattered striped bass on Monday dawn while feasting on peanut bunker and nasturtiums. Fish measuring up to 42 inches were caught on pencils, swimmers and soft plastic jigs under a full harvest moon. “
Black sea bass, red tuna and winter flounder: Ken Ferrara of Ray’s Bait said: “Anglers catch black bass, scup and winter flounder off Newport on the humps and humps near Brenton Reef and Seal Ledge, Newport.” We fished a ledge southeast of Beavertail this week with good black bass results as well.
Giant bluefin tuna: Ken Ferrara of Ray’s Bait & Tackle said: âMy son Kenny (Landry) caught three giants within a mile or two of Narragansett. His last fish weighed over 700 pounds. Fishermen aboard vessels holding an Atlantic Tunas General or Atlantic HMS Charter / Headboat license may not retain, possess or land large medium or giant Atlantic bluefin tuna after 11:30 p.m. until Thursday. Based on the best available landings information, the adjusted quota of 207.3 mt for the September period is expected to be reached shortly. The general category bluefin tuna fishery will reopen on October 1.
Dave Monti holds a captain’s license and a charter fishing license. He sits on various boards and commissions and owns a consulting business focused on ocean cleanliness, habitat preservation, conservation, renewable energy, and fisheries issues and clients. Send fishing news and photos to [email protected] or visit www.noflukefishing.com.