Better Data for Bluefish: Get Involved!

Feature Photo: Mike Querfeld with a low-light shot of a yellow-eyed devil before the release. Credit: Drew Sommo The American Saltwater Guides Association has teamed up the GotOne! App to help fill crucial data gaps for Bluefish. The Association is now calling on the recreational fishing community to contribute catch

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Drone Pilot Documents Value of Menhaden

As many of you know, ASGA is currently supporting a campaign to drive thoughtful, productive comments to reform commercial menhaden gear usage in shallow water off the coast of Virginia. If you want to learn more about the specifics of that campaign, click here. Once you’ve got the full scoop,

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NOAA Update With Major Fisheries Implications

Feature Photo: Rex Messing Monday, August 7, 2023 This afternoon the ASGA team was briefed by NOAA officials that the Fisheries Effort Survey has been overestimating recreational fishing effort. Our current understanding is that this overestimation is around 30-40%, as was discovered in a recent pilot study to evaluate potential

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ASGA Battles with Bigfoot Hunters & UFO Theorists

Written by Capt. Cody Rubner. This is definitely the best blog title I have had the pleasure of writing for ASGA. It’s going to be really difficult to top going forward. I’m okay with that. We all peak at some point. You’re probably curious where in ASGA’s journey to fight

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Big Decisions at the Mid-Atlantic Council: What Do They Mean for Anglers?

By Will Poston, Policy Associate Two weeks ago, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) hosted its June meeting to take final action on two issues of great interest to the recreational community: the Recreational Reform Initiative’s Harvest Control Rule Framework/Addenda (HCR) and a second attempt to rebuild Atlantic mackerel. Below,

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Here’s what went down this year… on and off the water By Capt. John McMurray, President, ASGA How would I best describe the fishing this past year? Not bad really, but it could have been better. I think that’s the sentiment from most guides in New England and the Mid-Atlantic.

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Final Action on Bluefish: A Disappointing Rebuilding Decision

  By Will Poston Last week, the Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) held its June Meeting. Several important topics were on the meeting agenda, including Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) estimates for 2020, updates on the Recreational Reform Initiative (more on this in upcoming blogs), and an offshore wind

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Sector Separation in the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast

We welcome accountability but not at the expense of overfished stocks. Sector separation is a concept that splits the recreational sector into two groups. The charter-for-hire and party boats would be separated from the recreational private fishermen. Right now, we are all together as one sector. The call for sector

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Bluefish Need Our Input

You have until March 17 to submit comments We let everyone know about the changes on the horizon for bluefish earlier in the winter. Bluefish are overfished. This status triggered management actions. We are currently in the first stages of bringing them back. The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council is holding

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