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  1. 30-35 years ago I used to see at least one or two a week between Point Judith and Buzzards Bay/Marthas Vineyard. Now I haven't seen one in the past 25 years or so. Not one. A friend of mine that gill nets still sees one or two a year (dead in his nets)…..JC
  2. "Because of the nature of our methods" , I believe it is necessary to separate the two types of fishing by geographic lines and state waters are a good place to start. It worked well in Florida and it should work just as well here and most anywhere else. Florida is a known and accepted "sportfishing destination" and if it's all about the money, Massachusetts can make just as much, with a far better future by getting with the program. We have "excellent potential" to have world class fishing in Boston Harbor where tourists from all over can fish sheltered waters for striped bass, cod and flounder. I envision people from all over the world getting an airport shuttle to "The Logan Marina" (that does not exist yet) because fishing in Boston was their trip. However with the stock of "almost everything" being trimmed down to the lowest possible denominator all the time by commercial activity that can hardly happen. 95% of these people running around today think that this is the way things "should be" and they have no clue as to the way fishing "should be all the time". After you and I die, who is going to tell them? The DMF? Carlos Rafael?
  3. Carl, I don't think there is any pretending at all, The DMF is never in any way ashamed to show clear and given bias to favoring commercial quotas. Surprisingly, I am actually fine with that as long as it is justified. As Rob would say, people need to eat and money needs to be made BUT the stocks and the numbers have to add up AND it can't be done at the expense of the rec community. That is clearly not the case with the management of: fluke, winter flounder, cod and striped bass (just to name a few). In my humble opinion, "all commercial fishing/harvesting activity, with the exception of lobster traps and inshore shellfishing by individual licensed commercial fishermen (not corporate machinery)" should be moved outside of all state waters so there will be far less interaction between commercial and recreational fishermen. When I spoke to David Pierce both last year and this year he couldn't have said his pet term less than a dozen times: "local depletion" in reference to areas with zero flounder, zero haddock, zero fluke where they had been abundant the day before the draggers descended on the area. Why are rec fishermen directly competing with dozens of giant nets? Who do you think will get all the fish? The DMF has told me that "Massachusetts has zero intent of ever curbing mobile gear (draggers and dredgers) in state waters". The striped bass situation is simply an extension of that mentality. Lucky for us, Massachusetts has not allowed commercial netting of stripers for a very long time, otherwise, we likely would not be having this discussion because they would have been extinct already!.....
  4. I have confronted the DMF on that very same question before and the answer I got was: they are going to do what they damn well please "no matter what the public opinion is"! At a meeting I had with them last year they said flat out that the "public opinion input" is a requirement they have but they are not required to consider the comments as having any weight unless they are backed up by hard science. I take that to mean that if they want to kill all they can kill they will do everything they can to make that happen and even "hard science" will be challenged until AFTER the kill-quota is complete, even possibly years later.....JC
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  6. The comments: Silva, Jared (FWE) From: Mike Delzingo <ff_boston@yahoo.com> Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 7:29 AM To: Fish, Marine (FWE) Subject: Comments on the proposed commercial striped bass open fishing days Please consider opening the commercial striped bass fishery on a weekend day. Possibly bringing back the 5 fish Sundays. Having only weekdays is eliminating many of us who commercially fish, but also hold other full time jobs. My name is Mike Delzingo and I own and operate the 32 foot Fishbucket out of Boston. I commercially fish for Striped Bass, Bluefish, Groundfish, Tuna and Sharks. I hold a Massachusetts commercial boat permit, Federal handgear permits for groundfish, tilefish, wahoo, mahi, mackerel, as well as limited access shark permits. I also charter fish for Striped bass, Bluefish and flounder an average of 25 charters per year. All while holding a full time job Monday through Friday. I ask you to please consider those of us who commercially fish quite a bit, but aren't strictly FULL-TIME "weekday only" commercial fishermen. Allow us greater access to participate in the commercial fishery and land our entire quota by opening the commercial striped bass fishery on the weekends. Thank you for your consideration, Capt. Mike Delzingo Fishbucket Sportfishing Boston, Ma. 1 Silva, Jared (FWE) From: Michael Nash <michael.nash072@yahoo.com> Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 7:53 PM To: Fish, Marine (FWE) Subject: Bass quota I believe that adding two days makes the most sense seeing as we are now in hurricane season. It will allow more possible days to reach the quota. This week alone we've already missed one day. The size of the fish have also been much smaller then the past years. Which grately affects the fish we're able to keep as a commercial fisherman. Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android 1 Silva, Jared (FWE) From: Davis, Shannon (FWE) Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 10:55 AM To: Silva, Jared (FWE) Subject: FW: Commercial striped bass fishing From: Brunn Delany '21 [mailto:bdelany@brunswickschool.org] Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 10:49 AM To: Fish, Marine (FWE) Subject: Commercial striped bass fishing Hello, My name is Koo Delany and I am an avid fisherman and personally LOVE to consume striped bass. I see why you are trying to allow the commercial fisherman to catch the quota while they still can, but it is not right. These fish are a prized gamefish in most peoples mind so we should make them a gamefish and slow down the commercial fishing on these fish. Something that you should consider for the next few years is to make a slot limit and reduce the quota. These fish bring in more revenue as a gamefish then they ever will as a commercially harvested species. These fish take a long time to mature and it is incredibly ignorant and plain stupid to have the commercial fisherman kill the adults of the species that are reproducing. Make a slot where the top of the slot is now 34 inches. If the quota was cut down and there was a slot limit made for as little as 5 years then the striped bass population would bounce back like that have before. I know that you will probably disregard this email but it is incredibly frustrating that we are killing fish and allowing more time to kill them when they are obviously struggling and depleting. Studies have shown that in recent years, due to the commercial fisheries, that there are less and less larger fish despite having more and more small fish around. CUT THE QUOTA OFF AND CHANGE THE LIMITS IF YOU WANT TO HAVE THESE STRIPED BASS AROUND FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. Sorry for the harsh email but it is time to wake up and do the right thing for the fishery instead of what will help make commercial fisherman money. Koo Delany *************************** Koo Delany '21 Brunswick School (203) 554-2393 1 Silva, Jared (FWE) From: Rob <rmjtag@aol.com> Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 6:34 PM To: Fish, Marine (FWE) Subject: Proposal to increase # of commercial bass days I cannot believe you are actually considering this! Striped Bass fishing is in a decline, poaching is rampant , commercial bass days are a damn circus at the ramps and on the water!! Get your **** together and work towards eliminating commercial bass fishing, not catering to a group that for many is only supplemental income. Rob Tartaglia Sent from my iPhone 1 Silva, Jared (FWE) From: Jonathan Tierney (USPRO) <jtierney@uspro.net> Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 6:27 PM To: Fish, Marine (FWE) Subject: Striped Bass in Mass Was reading the article how fisherman in Massachusetts are struggling catching striped bass and the quota isn’t filled yet. I think the ABSOLUTE WORST idea is to give them extra days to hit the quota. If they are struggling to meet the quota this year wouldn’t that lead you to think that striped bass aren’t as plentiful as they have been in the past. I live in Rye, NH and have been fishing up there since I was roughly 12 years old. I am 34 years old now. Myself and everyone else I know in the NH area has been complaining the past 5 ++ years that we don’t see the striped bass up there that we did some 10 ++ years ago. I used to be able to catch countless keepers every summer (32+ inches years ago, 28 inches now) and year by year they get tougher and tougher to catch. There is still lots of schoolies always around in NH but the big stripers we used to see up there aren’t around anymore like they once were. I have had friends close up their charter businesses due to the lack of big striped bass in NH. So rather than giving Massachusetts more days how about shrinking the days in years going forward so that large striped bass can start to make their way up to NH again. The stripers get stopped before they even have the chance to go to NH. What is even worse about the commercial stripper fishing in Massachusetts is that I know lots of dead stripers get thrown back, dead. If the limit is 30 a day per boat well at the end of the day when guys are catching 40 inch fish they are throwing back the 32 inch fish which are dead already since the 40 inchers obviously land them more money. Massachusetts is killing the stripper population in Northern Waters and hopefully sooner or later the Marine Fisheries will realize this and put a stop to it before stripers aren’t even in Mass waters. Disclaimer The information contained in this communication from the sender is confidential. It is intended solely for use by the recipient and others authorized to receive it. If you are not the recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution or taking action in relation of the contents of this information is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful. This email has been scanned for viruses and malware, and may have been automatically archived by Mimecast Ltd, an innovator in Software as a Service (SaaS) for business. Providing a safer and more useful place for your human generated data. Specializing in; Security, archiving and compliance. To find out more Click Here. 1 Silva, Jared (FWE) From: Joe Petruzzi <jpetruzzi58@aol.com> Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 6:14 PM To: Fish, Marine (FWE) Subject: Bass I think there should be no netting of bass at all in any state on the coast line Sent from my iPhone 1 Silva, Jared (FWE) From: mohamed nabulsi <mohamednabulsi@icloud.com> Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 6:10 PM To: Fish, Marine (FWE) Subject: Increase commercial fishing days Absolutely not For all kind of reasons Preserve our treasure for future generations Sent from my iPhone 1 Silva, Jared (FWE) From: Nick Gallagher <nick946yb@gmail.com> Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 8:53 PM To: Fish, Marine (FWE) Subject: Commercial striped bass 2018 Stop the slaughter before there are no bass to be caught on cape cod.More than half the fleet has been gaffing short fish and killing them before throwing back. They have no clue how these fish reproduce nor care about stocks. This fishery is in jeopardy and couldn’t be spelled out clearer now than ever. Please take a moment and think of the situation before allowing additional days of commercial striped bass fishing. Concerned fishermen. Sent from my iPhone 1 Silva, Jared (FWE) From: Rick Enz <rickenz57@gmail.com> Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 8:46 PM To: Fish, Marine (FWE) Subject: Stripebass quota As a member of a cape cod fly fishing club this has been the worst year for our club for catching large bass so now with the commercial fishermen having the same problem maybe it’s time to rethink the quota before all the breeders are wiped out. Leave the quota alone and the number of fishing days the same. Make the adjustments next year. Rick Enz Sent from my iPhone 1 Silva, Jared (FWE) From: Brian West <briwest70@yahoo.com> Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 7:22 PM To: Fish, Marine (FWE) Subject: Striped bass Quota Just a thought for next striped bass commercial season. Raise the limit for the shore guys from 2 fish to 3-5 fish. Raise our license fee to $100-$125 for the season. I know you probably get tons of emails about this but let's put the guys that are limited to certain areas on an even playing field. Thanks for reading this. Willam West Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android 1 Silva, Jared (FWE) From: Peter Beard <pbeard50@icloud.com> Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 6:45 PM To: Fish, Marine (FWE) Subject: Striped bass. Is this a harbinger of a downward spiral? Perhaps you should consider lowering the quota Sent from my iPhone 1 Silva, Jared (FWE) From: Jonathan O'Connor <surfrods@icloud.com> Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 6:39 PM To: Fish, Marine (FWE) Subject: Striped bass commercial days Not being able to meet the states striped bass quota this season is a sign that the fishery is in decline(we killed to many breeders) the fishery need more fish 34”+ to keep breeding for the future. Not more commercial days which just remove more of this breeding stock from the biomass. Do not add more commercial days, and reduce the 2019 quota to the total catch in 2019. Hopefully you do this and ensure that we are able to have a commercial season in 2025 on. 1 Silva, Jared (FWE) From: E Weeden <canalrat@hotmail.com> Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 1:26 AM To: Fish, Marine (FWE) Subject: Extending striped bass commercial season Extending a pointless commercial season on an already over pressured fish species, that is worth far more in the recreational sector, is a horrible idea. Furthermore, this may be a sign that regulations need to be looked at, and made more restrictive. Make striped bass a gamefish and end commercial fishing of striped bass all together. It worked very well for fish in the south. Evan Weeden Sent from my iPhone 1 Silva, Jared (FWE) From: Alex Feinstein <apfeinstein1982@gmail.com> Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 10:32 PM To: Fish, Marine (FWE) Subject: Striped bass I think you should administer a slot limit for commercial bass : 28‐40”. Sent from my iPhone 1 Silva, Jared (FWE) From: n.korniotes60@gmail.com Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 10:17 PM To: Fish, Marine (FWE) Subject: Commercial striped bass No way should we increase commercial days Sent from my iPhone 1 Silva, Jared (FWE) From: Alex Crupi <alexcrupi3@gmail.com> Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 10:00 PM To: Fish, Marine (FWE) Subject: Commercial fishing condoned? To whom it may concern, There is a huge concern! I am not a resident of this state nor have I fished or harvested in your waters but in Maryland the same exact issue is being seen. It’s simple, you are taking and have been taking thousands of big breeders out of the waters each year, well sure enough your going to run out. It’s literally so simple a damn 1st grader could do the math. If you have so many cookies in the jar and you keep eating them, eventually there all gone. The smaller fish that will eventually become your quota fish will prob not make it to those stages after be pounded by recreational and commercial fisheries in MD, VA, DE, and so forth. Yes some do make it there but the population is taking steps backwards. To put it this way we are double ****ing the striped bass population until we go into the inevitable moratorium. So I’ll leave it with this, please think wisely about your decisions regarding the quota. Leave the few big breeders in the water to have a chance at helping the population. These matters are pressing and truly depressing knowing that my favorite fishery in my backyard is going to **** because we can’t find a way thru ASMFC or any of the costal states to take initiative to protect this vital resource. Set an example for the rest of the states, maybe if we can make smarter decisions as a whole we would see healthy stocks and not have to have these endless debates and political night mares. Sincerely, Every Angler Sent from my iPhone 1 Silva, Jared (FWE) From: jt0791@yahoo.com Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 9:15 PM To: Fish, Marine (FWE) Subject: Commercial fisherman/extension I think this is an awful idea maybe they can not fill there quota because there are not enough large striped bass to catch. This fishery is under tremendous pressure ... poaching is rampant enforcement is pathetic to say the least On top of that environmental issues and disease also pressure the fishery. Let Hope you guys do the right thing and protect the fishery and focus on long term..let's not revisit the 80s when striped bass fishery collapsed. Sincerely John Tombros 1 Silva, Jared (FWE) From: Jordan Brainson <jbrainson@gmail.com> Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 8:54 PM To: Fish, Marine (FWE) Subject: DON'T increase commercial days Please DON'T increase commercial days. For numerous reasons. Thank you! Jordan Brainson 1 Silva, Jared (FWE) From: Jonathan Parsons <j5parsons@yahoo.com> Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 6:48 AM To: Fish, Marine (FWE) Subject: RE: commercial striper season The fact that the commercial fishermen can't fill their quota is another obvious sign that stripers are currently being overfished, i.e., there are less commercially-sized, breeding age stripers to be caught. Fishing technology improves every year - especially fish finders (side-finding & even live imaging in front of the boat) and radar to locate flocks of birds. Despite the many improvements every year in fish locating & catching tools, the ability to catch is declining because of the obvious lack of large market sized fish. The only good news is that we've been lucky enough to have a few good striper spawn years (despite the agricultural runoff into spawning bays) which has resulted in new crops of micro stripers. Again, we need the few breeders that are left to keep breeding to ensure more stripers in the future. This is just common sense. Expanding the commercial season now could result in a "tragedy of the commons" scenario. In case you don't know what that is, I googled it for you: The tragedy of the commons is a term used in social science to describe a situation in a shared-resource system where individual users acting independently according to their own self-interest behave contrary to the common good of all users by depleting or spoiling that resource through their collective action. I've been fishing in Mass for 40 years. I've seen the 80's when the striper population completely crashed and the only inshore sportfish was bluefish. Since then, I've seen the striper fishing rebound fantastically thanks to 1984 Striped Bass Conservation Act because the states couldn't regulate themselves independently (another example of "tragedy of the commons"). Later, the striped bass moratorium once the states started regulating striper populations. The peak striper poplulation that I saw was 2007 and it's been steadily dropping since then. We have a real chance here not to do something that will hurt the population of breeding stripers further, avoid a "tragedy of the commons", maintain the future good population of small stripers, and enable some commercial & rec harvest in future years. As you know, the striper population is naturally cyclical. Fishery managers can help modulate this cycling, but they can't control it entirely. Stripers are in an obvious decline. Let's make sure that the 80's don't return ever again. Let's work for the common good. Trying to squeeze out 800,000 lbs out of a fishery that clearly can't support it, isn't doing the rec or comm fleet any good. If there are no stripers to catch at all, everyone will suffer. This is not hyperbole, it happened in the 80's and it can happen again with poor management practices. Please do not expand the quota or comm fishing days. Sincerely, Jon Parsons 1 Silva, Jared (FWE) From: STEPHEN IVESTER <SDIvester@comcast.net> Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 6:43 AM To: Fish, Marine (FWE) Subject: Fishing quota Being 61 years old, I can remember the days of fishing and actually catching something. That being said, the commercial fishing industry has screwed everyone and made a profit by doing it. Now that the price of fish has skyrocketed at the supermarket, supply and demand issue, that tells me the supply is lower than the demand. If you want your kids to have a great day fishing with dad, you had better catch more than a sea robin, otherwise the memory will be lost. Who do you think will get blamed for that? We spend a ton of money on bait and tackle and find out that going to the supermarket was a lot cheaper, who’s fault is that? When the fish habitat is destroyed from overfishing and dragging, who do we blame? Have you ever seen a dolphin, whale, or seal caught up in a net? How much of the commercial catch is shipped overseas? Did you forget that that fish belongs to Americans or do we have the 200 mile limit for no reason? Now, because the fish belong to us, why do commercial fishermen make a profit selling the catch to another country, and the price for us goes up as a result of lower supply? There are a multitude of reasons to cut back on an industry that has wasted our natural resources, so why bother the professionals like yourselves on how to regulate the fishing industry. We did not tell the commercial fishermen to buy bigger and better boats to catch more fish., so that’s on them. As a result of overfishing, it seems the consumer will flip that tab at the marketplace. It is only fair the industry flips the tab for repairing what they destroyed. As a citizen, if there was a vote on what to do, I would vote to put things back the way they were 50 years or better ago. Who do you work for, the commercial fishing industry or us? Have a great day fishing, Stephen D. Ivester 1 Silva, Jared (FWE) From: christine.hollis <christine.hollis@comcast.net> Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 6:20 AM To: Fish, Marine (FWE) Subject: STRIPED BASS QUOTAS Thank you for the opportunity to voice opinions. I dont think the quotas should be increased. As is the case with all wildlife, I believe there are natural wane periods; this being the year for Stripers. If the quotas are increased, the schoolies will be inadvertently caught and killed. Next year may be worse. Leave it alone. Let nature take its course. Christine Hollis 8 Poplar Terrace Andover, MA 01810 Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone 1 Silva, Jared (FWE) From: Aaron M Washburn <bull197676@gmail.com> Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 6:05 AM To: Fish, Marine (FWE) Subject: Striped bass I personally think the fishery is in trouble I have commercial fished for a number of years the decline in the larger bass just shows that the species is being over fished I believe the season should be closed or the already desamated school will continue to decline stop comm bass fishing let the schools recover make it a recreational species only 1 Silva, Jared (FWE) From: Tyler McPherson <tylerjmcpherson@gmail.com> Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 4:44 AM To: Fish, Marine (FWE) Subject: Striped Bass Commercial Fishing To Whom it May Concern, As an avid fisherman and MA citizen I am deeply concerned by your recent statement release. The fact that the commercial quota was not met this summer is a clear sign of what many in our community have been stating for years; our striped bass population is being overfished. This needs to end and the people of MA deserve better management of our fisheries. If anything the quota should be cut in half to allow for more breeding fish to grow and add to the population. Thank you, Tyler McPherson Boston, MA Sent from my iPhone 1 Silva, Jared (FWE) From: Mike Spinney <mikespinney@comcast.net> Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 9:45 AM To: Fish, Marine (FWE) Cc: Pierce, David (FWE); McKiernan, Dan (FWE) Subject: Comments regarding Increasing Open Days for Commercial Striped Bass Fishing DMF - Regarding the Division's decision to open the Mass commercial striped bass fishery for additional days to give participants in the fishery more opportunity to meet the 2018 quota before the migration gets underway, I would urge you to reconsider. The striped bass fishery has been in decline in recent years and the commercial take this year appears to be focused on taking fish of the 2011 year class-the year class on which the ASMFC's hopes seem to be pinned. I know the uncaught portion of the quota will be rolled into 2019, but consider that the fish (nearly all of which are breeding sized females) uncaught by the Mass fleet this year stand a chance to run the gauntlet back to the Chesapeake where they can spawn next spring. If additional open days are added every fish caught will be removed from participation in the 2019 YOY spawn. Beside the fact that the slow pace of the 2018 catch suggests the fishery is not as robust as some from the mid-Atlantic want us to believe, this is also a pivotal time for striped bass management given the pending changes to management benchmarks expected next year. I suggest it is imperative, especially at this moment, that the fishery remain as is. If the quota is not filled, it would be a mistake to put further pressure on the population. The law is probably not in my favor, but I would also urge you to consider setting aside any uncaught quota for conservation purposes in 2019. Now is not the time for Massachusetts to be taking more fish, but to lead by example. Thank you for your attention. Mike Spinney Townsend, Mass. 978-660-4053 1 Silva, Jared (FWE) From: Jack Murphy <jhmurphy7@gmail.com> Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 9:30 AM To: Fish, Marine (FWE) Subject: Striped Bass Fishery Hi, I do not believe it would be a good idea to increase the number of days per week for the commercial fishing fleet. I have friends in the commercial Striped Bass fleet that I talk to regularly, and we all agree that finding fish over the 34" mark has been harder this summer. With that in mind you would be allowing more pressure on fish that just are not around like other years. All of the commercial fishermen are great people and even better fishermen, and if they cant fill that quota it is not because they are not out there, and it is not because they are not good at fishing, its because the schools of fish they seek are not up here in numbers this year. I myself fish 3-4 days a week out of Boston and the South Shore of Massachusetts and I have had the same findings this year. We have definitely caught some good fish above 34" but not consistent enough to call it a "great year". You can tell the fish we were catching were in small schools and were moving quickly, spooking easily, and being very picky. They can be picky and curious when there is not a lot of competition for food, which is what I am seeing personally. Thanks for listening, I hope it does not get passed. Jack Murphy 1 Silva, Jared (FWE) From: Colin Drane <colinedrane@gmail.com> Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 9:28 AM To: Fish, Marine (FWE) Subject: Stripebass suggestions My name is Colin Drane and would consider myself a part time fisherman. I have worked on a commercial lobster boat F/V Acadia and F/V Perseverance out of Plymouth. I now have a license and pilotage for the islands which I use at The Steamship Authority, I shellfish and try to fin fishas well on the side. I’m I also attend Bentley University and have some business knowledge. Sorry to bore you but I believe it is important to know where the perspective is coming from. It’s all about the price. I don’t think you need to increase Fishing days. If anything a 10 fish limit I believe would work better to keep the price high with the current size restrictions. Now that being said I don’t understand why we keep fish over a certain size. Aren’t we taking all the females/breeders/genetically proven fish that have made it to that size? Dumbing down the species? Same with the cod in years past. Why not a slotted size fish? I realize this is more than what your asking for as far as input goes but I love the fisheries and wish I could have stayed in them full time. Don’t let a bunch of half ass fisherman whose greed out weighs their sense convince you to what they want. Listen to the reasonable ones which WILL be the minority. If you made it this far thank you! Sent from my iPhone 1 Silva, Jared (FWE) From: James Peters <jamespeters45@gmail.com> Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 9:22 AM To: Fish, Marine (FWE) Subject: Striped Bass fishery I feel that there should not be additional days added to the commercial Striped Bass fishing days. Keeping regulations as they are will only improve the fishery. Thank you, James Peters 1 Silva, Jared (FWE) From: Gene Ptaszkiewicz <gptaszkiewicz@amherst.edu> Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 8:45 AM To: Fish, Marine (FWE) Subject: stripers Hello I am an avid fisherman that fishes the waters off the coast of Mass ( Cape Cod ) quite a bit. I feel that the difficulty the commercial fishermen are having is due to the lack of big Stripers in our waters. We have not seen the numbers of big bass that have historically been in the area. Increasing the days they can fish will only make the situation worse. I understand that there is financial impacts of not meeting the quota but maybe it’s time to give the fish a break in hopes that they can rebound for next season. I am NOT a fan of increasing the season Thank you for your time Gene Gene Ptaszkiewicz Building Supervisor of Rental Housing |Amherst College | 413.542.8509 | www.amherst.edu/~rhd The rental housing office services residential properties at Amherst, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges. Personal information contained in this email or attachments is confidential 1 Silva, Jared (FWE) From: Mark Phillips <mark.phillips11@verizon.net> Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 7:54 AM To: Fish, Marine (FWE) Subject: Mass Commercial Striped Bass To whom it may concern, My name is Mark Phillips and I am a passionate Striped Bass angler. In regards to SB, 71% is what we know was harvested and sold. It does not include the number of SB sold illegally, off the books, and caught different days then iced to be sold the next open day. This is not a rumor, it happens. In addition, during summer months there are boats that go to block island at dark to catch and keep multiple giant striped bass only to turn around and v line back to mass before sunup and make their sale to their dealer. Furthermore, resident big fish everywhere are extremely hard to come by. From outside buzzards into cape cod bay, south to Newport RI and Narragansett Bay, the reality there is a significant decrease in 34” and up fish. Please do not extend the commercial striped bass season in Massachusetts. We want to be able to share memories of catching a big striped bass with our children and our children's children. I am afraid the species may not be able to sustain the pressure and hammering of these biomass schools at the canal, block island, race point, and wherever else the word gets out of a slaughter of giant stripers. It’s time to let the species rest and regain its size in numbers. Mark Phillips Striped Bass Fisherman/concerned angler 1 Silva, Jared (FWE) From: Reed, Story (FWE) Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 11:19 AM To: Silva, Jared (FWE) Subject: FW: From: John Reynolds <jreyn57871@aol.com> Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 5:52 PM To: Reed, Story (FWE) <story.reed@mass.gov> Subject: Leave it just the way it is! The quota will be filled and the demand for bass during the non tourist weeks will be less and if there is an added day it would devalue the fish. And furthermore the southern part of Massachusetts doesn't see the best fishing until October anyway. TY Jack Reynolds 1 Silva, Jared (FWE) From: Reed, Story (FWE) Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 11:18 AM To: Silva, Jared (FWE) Subject: FW: Advisory: Adjustments to Commercial Striped Bass Open Fishing Days and Public Comment Period From: 01/27/2017 Cannistraro <fastboat01@yahoo.com> Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 12:17 AM To: Reed, Story (FWE) <story.reed@mass.gov> Subject: RE: Advisory: Adjustments to Commercial Striped Bass Open Fishing Days and Public Comment Period End all commercial fishing for striped bass and make bass a sport fish . David Cannistraro Sent from Mail for Windows 10 From: marinefisheries@listserv.state.ma.us Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 4:39 PM To: Marine Fisheries Mailing List Subject: Advisory: Adjustments to Commercial Striped Bass Open Fishing Days and Public Comment Period September 11, 2018 MarineFisheries Advisory Adjustments to Commercial Striped Bass Open Fishing Days and Public Comment Period Current quota monitoring data demonstrates that just under 250,000 pounds – approximately 30% - of the commercial striped bass quota remains. In recent weeks, daily harvest levels have averaged about 20,000 – 25,000 pounds. If current conditions persist, we do not project closing the fishery until October. Moreover, current weather projections and typical fall weather may constrain fishing activity reducing our ability to utilize the available quota. To ensure that the 2018 commercial quota is taken, the Director of the Division of Marine Fisheries is taking public comment on increasing the number of open commercial fishing days. DMF is proposing to increase the number of commercial fishing days for striped bass for the remainder of the 2018 season. This would adjust the number of open fishing days per week from two days (Mondays and Thursdays) to three or four days per week, by adding Tuesdays, Wednesdays or both. The Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission (MFAC) will review DMF’s recommendation and vote on whether or not to authorize the Director to take this action at its September 13, 2018 business meeting. Additional notification will be sent out this Friday – September 14, 2018 - to inform the public of the MFAC’s decision on 2 this matter. If approved, these new fishing days will go into effect for fishing week beginning on September 17, 2018. DMF will accept public comment on this proposal through 5PM on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. Any comment received will be provided to the MFAC and DMF may recommend further revisions to the 2018 commercial striped bass limits based on these comments. For more information about black sea bass management, please visit our website: www.mass.gov/marinefisheries --- You are currently subscribed to marinefisheries as: fastboat01@yahoo.com To unsubscribe send a blank email to leave-797932- 25543382.d0d3a3b0da15c4f053bf889cf6c5d298@listserv.state.ma.us 1 Silva, Jared (FWE) From: Reed, Story (FWE) Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 11:19 AM To: Silva, Jared (FWE) Subject: FW: Advisory: Adjustments to Commercial Striped Bass Open Fishing Days and Public Comment Period From: Brian Enos <fv.knotty.coffee@gmail.com> Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 5:13 PM To: Reed, Story (FWE) <story.reed@mass.gov> Subject: Re: Advisory: Adjustments to Commercial Striped Bass Open Fishing Days and Public Comment Period Mr. Reed, In response to adding open fishing days for the 2018 commercial season. Instead of adding days, let the season go to the end of September with current open days and close the fishery at the end of the month. Once all data is collected and an accurate quota amount caught is obtained, take the balance not caught and add to the 2019 commercial season. With the way the weather has been, it might be only possible to fish a half a day which would extend the season. Even if guy's are fishing a full day no-one seems to be hitting the mother load. In short for the safety of the fishermen with fall coming might be wise to close it at the end of month or sooner with the active weather pattern. Rgds, Brian Enos On Tue, Sep 11, 2018, 16:39 <marinefisheries@listserv.state.ma.us> wrote: September 11, 2018 MarineFisheries Advisory Adjustments to Commercial Striped Bass Open Fishing Days and Public Comment Period Current quota monitoring data demonstrates that just under 250,000 pounds – approximately 30% - of the commercial striped bass quota remains. In recent weeks, daily harvest levels have averaged about 20,000 – 25,000 pounds. If current conditions persist, we do not project closing the fishery until October. Moreover, current weather projections and typical fall weather may constrain fishing activity reducing our ability to utilize the available quota. 2 To ensure that the 2018 commercial quota is taken, the Director of the Division of Marine Fisheries is taking public comment on increasing the number of open commercial fishing days. DMF is proposing to increase the number of commercial fishing days for striped bass for the remainder of the 2018 season. This would adjust the number of open fishing days per week from two days (Mondays and Thursdays) to three or four days per week, by adding Tuesdays, Wednesdays or both. The Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission (MFAC) will review DMF’s recommendation and vote on whether or not to authorize the Director to take this action at its September 13, 2018 business meeting. Additional notification will be sent out this Friday – September 14, 2018 - to inform the public of the MFAC’s decision on this matter. If approved, these new fishing days will go into effect for fishing week beginning on September 17, 2018. DMF will accept public comment on this proposal through 5PM on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. Any comment received will be provided to the MFAC and DMF may recommend further revisions to the 2018 commercial striped bass limits based on these comments. For more information about black sea bass management, please visit our website: www.mass.gov/marinefisheries --- You are currently subscribed to marinefisheries as: fv.knotty.coffee@gmail.com To unsubscribe send a blank email to leave-797932- 16160968.7636b5ac7c2032be99f09041b439d762@listserv.state.ma.us 1 Silva, Jared (FWE) From: Reed, Story (FWE) Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 11:21 AM To: Silva, Jared (FWE) Subject: FW: Advisory: Adjustments to Commercial Striped Bass Open Fishing Days and Public Comment Period From: rht1898 <rtaft3216@gmail.com> Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 4:49 PM To: Reed, Story (FWE) <story.reed@mass.gov> Subject: Re: Advisory: Adjustments to Commercial Striped Bass Open Fishing Days and Public Comment Period I disagree with the marine fisheries proposal to increase the commercial days for harvesting striped bass. As an avid fisherman, its clear the fish stock is under stress and explains why the commercial fleet has not been able to catch the quota in a time period consistent with previous years. I would propose the commercial fishing season be closed at the end of September. Unused quota should be set aside for conservation. Best regards, Richard On Tue, Sep 11, 2018 at 4:39 PM <marinefisheries@listserv.state.ma.us> wrote: September 11, 2018 MarineFisheries Advisory Adjustments to Commercial Striped Bass Open Fishing Days and Public Comment Period Current quota monitoring data demonstrates that just under 250,000 pounds – approximately 30% - of the commercial striped bass quota remains. In recent weeks, daily harvest levels have averaged about 20,000 – 25,000 pounds. If current conditions persist, we do not project closing the fishery until October. Moreover, current weather projections and typical fall weather may constrain fishing activity reducing our ability to utilize the available quota. To ensure that the 2018 commercial quota is taken, the Director of the Division of Marine Fisheries is taking public comment on increasing the number of open commercial fishing days. DMF is proposing to increase the number of commercial fishing days for striped bass for the remainder of the 2018 season. This would adjust the number of open fishing days per week from two days (Mondays and Thursdays) to three or four days per week, by adding Tuesdays, Wednesdays or both. The Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission (MFAC) will review DMF’s recommendation and vote on whether or not to authorize the Director to take this action at its September 13, 2018 business meeting. 2 Additional notification will be sent out this Friday – September 14, 2018 - to inform the public of the MFAC’s decision on this matter. If approved, these new fishing days will go into effect for fishing week beginning on September 17, 2018. DMF will accept public comment on this proposal through 5PM on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. Any comment received will be provided to the MFAC and DMF may recommend further revisions to the 2018 commercial striped bass limits based on these comments. For more information about black sea bass management, please visit our website: www.mass.gov/marinefisheries --- You are currently subscribed to marinefisheries as: rtaft3216@gmail.com To unsubscribe send a blank email to leave-797932- 32247073.821b709ef12764b38554a1c6bf86f398@listserv.state.ma.us 1 Silva, Jared (FWE) From: fishinglsister@aol.com Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 5:09 PM To: Silva, Jared (FWE); Pierce, David (FWE); Armstrong, Michael (FWE) Cc: rplastcast@comcast.net Subject: Re: Revised 9/13/18 Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission Meeting Agenda "Isn't it possible" that there are not enough striped bass to justify the current quota? Why do "fishery managers" always seem so compelled to kill off every possible fish? Perhaps you should consider cutting the quota in half for next year! JC In a message dated 9/11/2018 1:24:40 PM Pacific Standard Time, jared.silva@mass.gov writes: Good afternoon, DMF has made a last minute revision to the 9/13/18 MFAC business meeting agenda. A new agenda item #3 has been added. The new #3 is an action item to adjust the number of commercial fishing days in the striped bass fishery. An advisory is being sent out on this issue this afternoon. At this time, it appears that due to weather and slow catch rates the 2018 quota will not be taken before the fish migrate out of state-waters. Accordingly we are looking to adjust the 2-day per week schedule by adding additional fishing days. A formal recommendation memo to the MFAC will be completed and distributed in advance of the meeting. Regards, Jared Jared Silva Policy and Regulations Administrative Law Clerk MA Division of Marine Fisheries
  7. Juvenile bonito
  8. While they are busy revising stuff they can put in a provision that all the fines they take in go into the EPO budget so they can have more staffing. I'm sick of calling them and hearing that they don't have enough manpower to send an EPO when there is "rampant poaching" going on and I have to watch it for hours on end while my customers "give me looks"... For "at least" the last 5 years (since whenever they started shutting sea bass down in September) I have been calling the EPO's about the Rhode Island Party Boats fishing off Westport in the fall for blackfish (tog) while we are forced to release nice sea bass that we inevitably get as by-catch, we watch for hours at a time the guys a hundred feet away keeping one after another. Last year on a Friday in October with the forecast for Saturday being excellent I called the New Bedford office and "reported a crime" that was to take place the next day at 8am. The LT. told me "this better be good". So the next day at 8am we see The EPO boat coming at us out of the east with "a RI Violator" next to us with illegal fish aboard (we had been watching him retain sea bass for almost an hour). What does the EPO Boat do??? The pass right in between me and The Francis and head right for The 7 B's that had just crossed into Massachusetts waters and did not even start fishing yet. While they were boarding/checking The Seven B's, The Francis pulled anchor and ran to RI waters and when the EPO's got done with the 7 B's they came back and boarded me! I'd say they didn't think that one through too well....
  9. The EPO's are good people in general and surely understaffed. On a given day, according to Lt. James Cullen of the New Bedford EPO Office, he has 2 boats and 23 townships to cover with 4 guys/shift. My only two beefs with them is they seem to spend over 90% of their time checking rec anglers and do not raise an eyelash at the dragger going by with 50K pounds of illegal fish. As far as pay goes I would love to do an EOP's job FOR FREE, as long as I got 50% of the fines I write (I believe the whole world should work on some form of performance based commission). My other issue is if we need more EPO's then we should have them. Put a surcharge of 5-10% on every fishing license (commercial and recreational) and dedicate that money to adding more EPO's and boats......JC
  10. Last Tuesday (08/07 in Westport, Ma.)...
  11. Tough to target them around Boston Harbor as there just ain't enough of them. As by-catch to flounder fishing in The Boston Harbor area my boat gets between 20 and 40 tog, mostly large females full of eggs. I am generally successful over 95% of the time convincing the fishermen to let the things go. Even fishermen from NY (they like to go home with "meat")! What I did see this year was far less flounder AND far less tog. In fact, I believe the flounder numbers are down to 10% of what they were just 5 years ago when The Ma. DMF doubled the state waters limit for commercial boats and those guys do most of their damage when the fish (winter flounder) are headed inshore to spawn. Of course when the flounder are headed inshore, so are the tog. As a result, this year my boat got only 3 tog;...the worst season for them in the past 20 years!
  12. From a "environmental scientist friend" of mine: _________________________________________ 1st three images look like either Berkley’s Polypore (Bondarzewia berkleyi) or Black Staining (aka Black Soup) Polypore (Meripilus sumstinei); both technically edible though older/larger ones get tough. The worst anyone will get from a polypore mushroom is nuclear diarrhea, and mostly if you have a particular sensitivity. Mushrooms are basically indigestible anyway so some of the woodier ones, even if tasty and tender can reap a little havoc with a sensitive digestive tract. I seem to be immune. The bottom image looks like Hen of the Woods (Grifola frondosa) a pretty delectable (aka “Matake” mushroom) species that grows at the base of oaks or from buried oak stumps. Tends to have pretty thin, tender fronds that can be pickled for salad, sautéed, made into soup, dried and ground for flavoring, etc. Has a nice aroma. Seems early for Grifola which often fruits up to and past early frosts. Berkleyi is right on time. If the bottom one smells like something you’d like to eat it is most likely a very young (they can get 25 lb) hen of the woods. It is always wise to selectively trim any mushrooms and only select the USDA Prime parts, young growth - not the parts the fungus gnats have had their way with, or are old and moldy. They are free after all. People tend to get all enthused and want to eat product they would never pay for in a store – yuck! With all the rain we’ve been having the mushrooms will be out in abundance (esp. if we get a couple cool nights). I saw a bunch of (I mean like a pound+) of cinnabar chanterelles in Agawam last week, but had no bag (wax paper bag, crumpled is best – even Dunkin bag is good) and was leading a group of bare-hander linemen around a site so couldn’t really make a huge effort. But, I’ll be back there on Friday so hopefully a new crop has sprouted.
  13. "Any excuse will do" when it comes to dealers buying from fishermen. They sell most of the Ma. commercial catch to The New York Market where the return today is in the neighborhood of $5.50/lb...
  14. "Thunder (Fart) Rod" was there!
  15. Fluke Yu!