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Posted on Jan 19, 2010 in Top Shots
Have you seen this? OMG! I just learned that they found a mummified mermaid in a marina in India, apparently uncovered by the 2004 Tsunami! It's true! No, really it is! I know it is. Read More
Posted on Nov 19, 2009 in Top Shots
In all the rhetoric surrounding the unbelievably contentious issue of red snapper management these days, with devastating seasonal/bag restrictions and even complete closures haunting the future of major coastal sport fisheries Texas to Georgia, there's been one element glaringly missing: alternative solutions that might manage to satisfy federal law while not obliterating entire fisheries. Bob Shipp has given me a sneak peak at just that. A "common-sense approach" he's derived could offer hope. Read More
Posted on Oct 6, 2009 in Top Shots
Have you heard about the proposed Gulf of Mexico Heritage Park that will close the entire Gulf from southern Texas to Key West from 20 miles out to all recreational fishing? Probably not, since I just made that up. But I'll bet I got your attention. And your full attention is warranted to understand what our sport-fishing counterparts Down Under are facing right now with a very real Coral Sea Heritage Park proposal. Read More
Posted on Aug 25, 2009 in Top Shots
For decades, sport fishermen from all over the world (particularly, of course, the United States) have converged on the remarkable Sea of Cortez, enjoying the abundance of marine life introduced to the public 60 years ago in John Steinbeck's chronicle, The Log from the Sea of Cortez. One of the big and enduring draws to anglers: the vast numbers of dorado (dolphin or mahi) that pour into this yawning gulf between Mexico's mainland and its Baja peninsula. Those dorado are also a factor drawing in large numbers of billfish and big yellowfin, which also find them tasty meals. Read More
Posted on Jul 13, 2009 in Top Shots
More than any time I can recall, federal management of our coastal fisheries by the National Marine Fisheries Service (and fishery management councils) is sending waves of concern and controversy through the recreational-fishing community. Charged with oversight of NMFS and fishery management is the head of NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In March, Jane Lubchenco was confirmed as President Obama's pick to head NOAA. Who is Dr. Lubchenco? And what is her oversight of NMFS likely to mean for coastal sport fishermen around the country? Read More
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