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Science Takes Center Stage on Cape Cod

On Friday, May 17th, members of the saltwater angling community converged for a day of fisheries science, the latest research and thoughtful discussions about the future of our fisheries. ASGA hosted its second Fisheries Science Symposium in partnership with the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. The day was structured

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ASMFC Spring 2024 Meeting Recap

ASMFC Spring 2024 Meeting Recap: Striped Bass Release-Mortality Work Group, Acoustic Menhaden Survey, and Cobia Draft Addendum II. Feature Photo – Captain Brian Kelley releasing a healthy bass. Arlington, May 2024—This past week, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission met for its Spring 2024 meeting. As far as ASMFC meetings

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Conservationist of the Year: Peter Jenkins

We’re incredibly proud to announce that ASGA Chairman Peter Jenkins has been named the 2024 Simms x Fly Fisherman Conservationist of the Year. “Jenks,” as many of you know him, brings a level of unmatched energy and creates a welcoming atmosphere that inspires countless individuals to get involved in conservation. Our Association would not

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Striped Bass Underwater

What to Watch for: ASMFC Spring Meeting

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASFMC) will gather in Arlington, Virginia this week for the 2024 Spring Meeting. As always, we are closely watching several of the Board and Committee meetings. While many important decisions on critical species were made in previous meetings, there are still a few things we

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A striped bass being released by an angler.

Talkin’ Striped Bass Spawn Dynamics

Consistent spawning production is paramount to a fishery’s long-term health. Many environmental factors are suspected to impact annual spawning production, and understanding these effects is crucial for conserving this fishery. For Atlantic striped bass, the right conditions are linked to high flows, a cool spring and a moderate temperature rise

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Maryland Playing Games with Striper Regulations

We caught this article a few days ago. Here’s the summary: Maryland striped bass commercial fishermen and the “harvest centric” charter-for-hires are fighting the latest management action by ASMFC. The for-hire sector believes there are more fish than ever, while the commercial sector doesn’t want to take a 7% reduction

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Net Pen Aquaculture: A Striped Bass Nightmare

There was a conversation during last month’s ASMFC Winter Meeting that floated under the radar but has major implications for our striped bass fishery. On Thursday, one day after the Striped Bass Board met to finalize Addendum II, NOAA staff gave a presentation about state involvement and the outlook for

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Fly Angler Holding Bass

The Canadian Striped Bass Rebound

“The striped bass population is fine! We don’t need to change anything. The oceans are warming, and the fish are moving north to Canada. Have you seen those drone videos of the spawns over the border? It’s insane how many fish there are!” How often have we heard some version

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Addendum 2: Bullets Dodged for 2024

The Striped Bass portion of the ASMFC 2024 Winter Meeting is in the books, and as many of us could have expected, the same voices who continually come to the table driven by selfish intent resumed their positions on the anti-conservation soapbox. While the final results weren’t perfect, after five

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Another Striped Bass Spawn Failure

Feature Photo: Striped Bass release from the Cheeky Fishing team. While Atlantic striped bass advocates continue to fight for the timely rebuilding of an iconic fishery, the grey cloud of dismal spawning news above the community has grown larger. The Hudson River, New York “Young of the Year” (YOY) results

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