Secretary of Commerce: Suspend the Arbitrary 2017 Cobia Closure – RFA

TJ CheekUncategorized

Once again, flawed data and arbitrary control measures drop the hammer on the recreational anglers on the east coast. NMFS has announced that Cobia harvest will be closed in federal waters (3-200 nautical miles) from Georgia’s southern border to New York. According to NOAA the annual catch limits were exceeded in 2015 by nearly one million pounds and then again … Read More

Maryland Sees Low Striped Bass Recruitment

TJ CheekUncategorized

Very successful striper spawning years, as recently as 2011 and 2015, should more than compensate for Maryland’s below-average 2016 year class.   Back on October 15, the Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources announced that the 2016 young-of-the-year striped bass index (YOY), a measure of spawning success in Maryland’s portion of Chesapeake Bay, is 2.2, well below the 63-year average of … Read More