Coastal States to Implement MRIP Angler Survey

November 15th, 2014

Beginning in 2016, coastal states from Maine through Georgia will transition to conducting the Access Point Angler Intercept Survey (APAIS) to collect information on marine recreational fishing catch and effort data in their own waters, according to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). APAIS, which is a component of the Marine Recreational Information Program […]

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Chesapeake Bay Trust 3rd Quarter Grants

November 3rd, 2014

The Chesapeake Bay Trust recently announced almost $1 million in grants to be awarded to more than 60 nonprofit organizations, municipalities and local schools throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. These awards, approved by the Trust’s board of trustees, will be made through the Trust’s competitive grant programs and range from smaller education and outreach grants […]

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2015 Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass Harvest Reductions

November 3rd, 2014

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board recently approved Addendum IV to Amendment 6 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass. The Addendum establishes new fishing mortality (F) reference points, as recommended by the 2013 benchmark stock assessment. The Chesapeake Bay states/jurisdictions will reduce their 2012 Bay commercial […]

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Virginia Saltwater Fishing License Fee Increase

November 3rd, 2014

In October, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) unanimously voted to raise the saltwater recreational license fees. The increase is the third since 1993. The increase will allow for the continuation of core recreational programs including recreational law enforcement, the Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament, the Game Fish Tagging Program, and the Artificial Reef Program, according […]

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2014 Maryland Striped Bass Survey

October 30th, 2014

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources recently announced that the 2014 juvenile striped bass index is 11.0, slightly below the 61-year average of 11.7. Striped bass, also called rockfish, spawn in Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries each spring. The survival of striped bass eggs and larvae is largely influenced by environmental factors such as water […]

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