Striper Poaching Tale

Courtesy of Peter Nilsen, Rhody Flyrodders, who brings a tale of our favorite fish and a reason for its diminishing presence in our waters.

Here’s a story that will rip your guts out!!! Chew on this one. This is what we’re facing and one BIG reason we have no Stripers here or anywhere!

This makes me sick. I do hope they take his license away for good and confiscate his boat.

Read and weep!

On Tilghman Island, law-breaking watermen defended

They found that Lednum and Hayden falsified records, selling much more than their legal quota to fish markets in New York and other states from at least 2007 to 2011. For example, in January 2009, they “checked in” 3,500 pounds of rockfish but sold more than 12,000 pounds to a New York market, according to court documents.

Help protect deep-sea corals from destructive fishing practices

Take Action by Jan 28th. Tell the Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council to protect deep-sea corals from destructive fishing practices.

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Not far off the East Coast of the United States, deep-sea corals such as those pictured provide critical habitat for countless fish and invertebrates. Research suggests that these ancient, fragile creatures provide critical habitat for the diverse species that live with them and form the foundation of ecosystems that may someday yield extraordinary benefits to human health. Help us protect an area that is 39,000 sq miles off the coast of NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA. This could establish the largest habitat protection area in the history of Atlantic fishery management. Let your council members know that you want them to take action!

Video excerpts from NOAA’s deep-sea coral explorations along the Atlantic Coast

Sample Letter Opposing the Atlantic Tunas, Swordfish and Sharks Management Plan and the Billfish Amendment

By Alan Evelyn Conservation Chair

Several Salties have contacted me about writing letters to voice their opposition to National Marine Fisheries Service plans regarding Atlantic Tunas, Swordfish and Sharks and the Billfish Amendment (see March’s newsletter) They suggested I provide a sample letter for the Club members to use. I thought it was an excellent idea. This is the letter that I sent to Senator Schumer. Please feel free to copy it word for word, just use some of the language or ignore completely. The important thing is to write and voice your opposition.

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Petition to Abolish Nets on the Chesapeake Bay and its Tidal Tributaries

The Chesapeake is the largest spawning area for Striped bass on the East coast. Targeting these fish just before and right after their spawn makes no sense. Until gamefish status becomes a reality, fighting against net harvesting will have to do. Please sign the petition here.

Thank you for your support. What affects stripers in their spawning grounds affects us all.

Conservation News, August 1999

By Alan J Evelyn, Conservation Chair

DEC Directs Hudson River Estuary Commission to Examine Striped Bass Question

On July 13, the first in a series of Hudson River Estuary Commission meetings was held, to determine whether a commercial striped bass fishery should be permitted on the Hudson.

The three scheduled meetings are being convened at the request of Governor Pataki, as relayed through Gerald Barnhart, the DEC’s director of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources. Meeting attendees are asked to consider a number of questions, the first of which is “Should a commercial striped bass fishery be opened on the Hudson River?” Participants are then asked whether the fishery should be a “bycatch” fishery attached to the shad gill net fishery, or a directed fishery with a shad bycatch. Other questions include who should be eligible to participate in the fishery, whether gear other than gill nets should be allowed, what measures will be needed to avoid overharvest, whether allocations should be given to individuals or a quota set for the overall fishery and what other measures are necessary.

In answering the questions, participants in the meetings are asked two assume to “givens”:

  1. That PCB levels will be low enough to permit safe consumption of striped bass and
  2. that the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will permit the commercial fishery.

Some recreational fishermen who participated in the July 13 meeting felt that they were playing against a stacked deck. The presentation made by the DEC minimized the affect of the commercial fishery on the Hudson River stock of striped bass, and avoided specific discussion of possible future expansion in harvest, the affects on anglers if overall harvest must be reduced, etc. Discussion of the PCB problem was specifically discounted, even though current health advisories state that women of childbearing age and children age 15 and younger should not eat Hudson stripers, and others should only eat one meal per month, making the sale of such fish without clear health warnings ethically questionable.

The bottom line is that people at the highest level of the Executive branch want to see this fishery opened, and it will be difficult–but NOT impossible–to foil their plans. We Salty Flyrodders need to be ready to voice our opposition and fight to keep the fishery closed to commercial fishing.

Remember, if you want other conservation issues brought to the Salty Flyrodders attention, please talk to me at the monthly meeting or contact me at: home (516) 256-0726, work: (718) 951 6522, work fax: (718) 951-4744 or by email: aevelyn@brooklyn.cuny.edu.