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  1. there's a video on you tube really worth seeing called "Sea Fishing Video"
  3. I would not be surprised if some states give the recreational catch to the commercial industry.
  4. Omega keeps sustainability certification despite flagrant harvest violation Inaction by Marine Stewardship Council casts doubt on entire certification program Late last week, the Marine Stewardship Council announced its decision that Omega Protein will keep its sustainability certification despite willfully and intentionally violating a menhaden harvest cap regulation in the Chesapeake Bay by 30 percent last year. Omega's flagrant harvest violation sparked widespread protests among anglers and decision-makers, culminating with the Trump Administration's announced intention to issue a moratorium on the company's operations unless it came into compliance with the management plan established by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). "There has always been a great deal of suspicion on sustainability certifications from the Marine Stewardship Council due to the fact that in the past the Council has been funded in part from royalties paid by seafood processors using the MSC ecolabel," said Ted Venker, conservation director for Coastal Conservation Association (CCA). "Conservationists have learned to view the entire certification process as the fox guarding the henhouse, and the Council's decision this week to overlook a flagrant and major fishing violation seems to confirm those suspicions." In 2011, the science journal NATURE published a sharp critique of the MSC process, pointing out that after the signing of a contract between the MSC and Wal-Mart, the number of certified seafood products mysteriously skyrocketed. "For decades, the industrial harvest of menhaden in the Chesapeake Bay has been a top concern to recreational anglers in the region" said David Sikorski, executive director of CCA Maryland. "While coast-wide stock assessments do not directly analyze the local impact, it's clear to most that intense removals of a primary forage fish from a vital nursery area impacts the health and sustainability of numerous species, most notably the striped bass." Using spotter planes and a purse seine fleet to encircle and remove entire schools of menhaden, Omega catches millions of pounds every year, and reduces them to fish oil pills and feed for aquaculture operations, among other things. Anglers in the region have long believed the company's relentless pressure on menhaden in the Chesapeake Bay has caused localized depletions of forage, leading to an increase in diseased, stressed and skinny fish in the Bay. Moreover, on-the-water conflicts between this industrialized operation and sport anglers appears to be growing. A coalition of angling, tackle and boating organizations opposed Omega's certification process due to a dearth of information on the impacts of the company's intense harvest practices, including localized depletions, bycatch of other species and the overall role of menhaden in the ecosystem. The company was certified as a sustainable fishery by the Marine Stewardship Council in spite of the fact that menhaden stocks are less than half of what they would be without industrial harvest, which likely suppresses the striped bass stocks on the East Coast by about 30 percent. Striped bass are the single most sought after and valuable marine recreational fishery in the country. Just weeks after receiving the certification, Omega announced it was ignoring a harvest cap on menhaden in the Chesapeake Bay that was set by a necessary and legitimate management action of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. "Certifying a company that removes hundreds of millions of pounds of a critical forage fish every year in the first place is in itself mind boggling, but allowing that same company to just disregard a critical management action and keep that certification is absurd," said Venker.
  5. I have a hiking GPS I use. Also good to find off ramps at night when driving.
  6. checked bag should be OK. I've checked spray and liquid suntan oil and bug spray.
  7. I look at sports stuff just like buying a car. If all you want is transportation then you can buy a basic standard car. But if you are into cars like the fun of having all the extras then the sky is the limit At some point you're not paying just to get somewhere. Same with sports equipment. you're not getting much return on your money------------ But hell it sure is fun to have it.
  8. And Berkley Chrome
  9. Suffix tritanium
  10. Scoobydoo seems a lot of bend with 2 and 3oz, but would need to feel the rod bend recovery to feel if it spongee or powerful. What was your idea/feel of the power of the rod recovery.
  11. It appears some responders have an agenda beyound the Menhaden issue.
  12. that would mean the schools up north have not been fished out like they have off the Carolinas. I am a firm beliver in good science. So there may be alot of menhaden but not down in the Carolina's. Also the large bluefish and stripers don't come to the beach anymore since the menhaden have seemingly disappeared. The boaters say they are all 2 miles or more offshore feeing. I also wonder if the laws up north are better at protecting the menhaden?
  13. I do know that in the 90's I could go to the outerbanks and rotuinely see large inshore schools of menhades a mile long -no more. In fact haven't seen any inshre schools. also, it was very common to see 3 to 5 boats and spotter planes within a few miles of shore sucking up schools and schools of menhaden- don't sse them out there anymore. If there are plenty of menhaden then they must be offshore out of sight, as are the fleets chasing them have to be.
  14. Then there is North Carolina You might not like CCA but they did report this. Beyond the legality of the release of the information, how public funds are spent is core public information. In the social media post, Cooke Seafood, an international, multi-billion dollar corporation, was identified as the single largest recipient of Hurricane Florence assistance monies. Are the taxpayers of North Carolina not entitled to know that Cooke Seafood received over $400,000 in disaster assistance? Surely the Legislature would be interested in a full accounting of how the commercial fishing disaster relief money was spent?
  15. freshwater Brim and bass for sure do this when fly fishing popping bugs.