Wednesday, February 22, 2012
A hearing on whether to ban commercial striped bass fishing in Massachusetts will take place on February 28.
An article on the Cape Cod Times website reported that, “The Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture will hold a hearing at 11 am Feb. 28 at the Statehouse in Boston on whether to ban commercial fishing of striped bass in Massachusetts and cut back recreational fishing by 50 percent.” Behind this and two other bass fishery related bills is the non-profit, internet based Stripers Forever. The Stripers Forever website states that Stripers Forever, “seeks game fish status for wild striped bass on the Atlantic Coast in order to significantly reduce striper mortality, to provide optimum and sustainable public fishing opportunities for anglers from Maine to North Carolina." Stripers Forever pushed unsuccessfully for a …
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Hoping to help the state's commercial fishermen adjust to a new and some say complex groundfish management system, the Patrick-Murray Administration announced Tuesday it plans to create a new loan fund with hope of bridging the economic fallout.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Agreement Approved by State and Federal Fisheries Agencies Will Authorize $1 Million in Federal Funds for Loans to Massachusetts’ Commercial Fishermen Gov. Deval Patrick announced Tuesday that Massachusetts is creating a new Commercial Fisheries Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) – the first of its kind in New England – designed to help bridge the gap for commercial fishermen as they transition to the new sector management program for groundfish. “Massachusetts has a proud tradition of commercial fishing, and these direct loans will help preserve the economic viability of our fishing ports and communities,” said Gov. Patrick. “I thank NOAA and the National Marine Fisheries Service for these funds to help ease this transition.” In May 2011, as an …
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Many recreational fishermen are quick to demonize commercial striped bass fishing without fully comprehending the impact that recreational fishing has on our local striped bass population.
For a period of about six weeks, beginning on July 12, a few thousand Massachusetts fishermen will head out on the water in pursuit of striped bass. However the commercial striped bass season has come under fire recently, largely due to concerns over the health of the overall striped bass stock. The concern is understandable, as the economic value of the striped bass extends deep into various industries here on Cape Cod. Tackle shops, charter businesses, restaurants, seafood wholesalers as well as commercial fishermen all benefit from the striped bass' seasonal presence in the waters surrounding the Cape. Yet recently there has been growing concern over the number of juvenile stripers, which has dwindled according to observations made …