Tag Archives: recreational

North coast of Washington reopens to crab fishing

dungenesscrabThe recreational and commercial Dungeness crab fisheries on the northern coast of Washington is to reopen effective immediately, state shellfish managers announced Aug. 28. Earlier this month, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) closed crabbing on the northern coast – from Point Chehalis north to the Queets River – when levels of marine toxins posed a threat to public health. That area, including Grays Harbor, is now open. Ayres noted that the use of crab pots is prohibited after Sept. 15, when the commercial fishery ends. Read the rest here 21:46

Prawning regulations need change on BC Coast

The Pacific Prawn Fisherman’s Association, representing commercial harvesters, recently recommended to DFO that there should be a coast-wide closure of all prawn fishing from December 1 to March 31. No question about whose interests the association is advocating for because as noted the commercial fishery doesn’t fish then! Read the rest here 05:53

New, more restrictive regulations sought for bass fishing

Many anglers and conservation groups are putting pressure on fish managers to tighten limits on recreational and commercial fishing of striped bass. <Read more here> 18:43

Fishermen tangle lines in U.S. battle over popular red snapper

Weekend sportfisherman Charlie Caplinger says he can hardly drop a line in the Gulf of Mexico without reeling in a red snapper. “It breaks my heart,” Caplinger said. Quota owner- “It’s like having a bank account and someone is taking a lot of money out that’s not theirs,” said Keith Guindon of Galveston, Texas, whose family has fished commercially for 50 years. Read more here 23:27

Oil and gas wins, fish lose with changes to Fisheries Act, say environmentalists

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2Changes to Canada’s fisheries legislation that came into force November 25 could help speed up resource development at the expense of fragile ocean and freshwater ecosystems, environmental groups and scientists are warning. [email protected] 17:52

NMFS to open 2-week October recreational red snapper season, commercial boat owners will get their new individual fishing quotas

More information is available here. Visit the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council website. 12:40

Fishermen host meeting about changes at Stellwagen Bank

Marshfield —Local fishermen are concerned about a Stellwagen Bank proposal that would  eliminate a key fishing area from the region’s industry. According to the  Stellwagen Bank Charter Boat Association (SBCBA), a proposed Sanctuary  Environmental Research Area (SERA) would shut down all bottom fishing on 55  nautical square miles of Stellwagen Bank. [email protected]  13:41