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Conservation

Links and information on environmental and conservation concerns surrounding saltwater fishing.
  1. Catch and Release (18)
  2. Environment & Conservation (56)
  3. Safety (15)
  4. Taxidermy (8)

Magnuson-Stevens Debacle?
Did we make a mistake passing the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Management act? The existing rules would suggest we missed something somewhere.

Fish Catch Handling Basics
How you handle your catch once it is in the boat is important if you want to have a great meal.

The Drive to Reduce Fishing Pressure
Lately the push to reduce fishing pressure has come more from the government here in the USA than it has from any of the anti-fishing and radical conservation groups. The latest signs of this come from the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (SAFMC), an arm of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). They manage fisheries in the federal waters of the US from 3 to 200 miles off the coast.

Fish Harvest Rules
All along the coastal states in the US, fishing rules and regulations vary in each state. Bag limits and size limits differ from state to state for no apparent reason. It is confusing at best, and the differences usually go unnoticed – unless you live close to a border and fish in both states. If you are one of those anglers, these rules can seem ridiculous in some instances.

What was Good for Yesterday is Still Good Today
I came upon and article in Hunting and Fishing magazine by a famous outdoor writer, the late Joseph D. Bates. Jr., that amazed me. Remember, this was 1950. One part of the article read this way

Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Bill Approved
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee today approved the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act of 2005 with strong bipartisan support. The Magnuson-Stevens Act is the most important law governing fisheries management in federal marine waters within a 200-mile zone in the contiguous United States.

PETA - At It Again
When all else fails – turn to the kids. That’s PETA’s latest tactic in its never ending battle to stop fishing. Following last month’s attacks on Moms, calling them “chicken killers”, they have struck out against fishing Dads.

Circle Hooks to the Rescue! - Saltwater Fishing
As a catch and release fisherman I am always concerned about the welfare of the fish I release. So it is with a great deal of interest that I fished this last trip using circle hooks. These hooks have been around for a long time, but only recently have they been used to improve catch and release survival.

CCA Florida News - Saltwater Fishing
On February 26, 2003 the Coastal Conservation Association Florida released a special report documenting a history of bias against recreational fisheries in federal management programs. The report, Failures and Exploitation Bias in Federal Fishery Management Programs, Recommendations for Systemic Changes, was presented to the Sportfishing Leadership Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Florida's Manatee Dilemma
The manatee, or sea cow, has been an inhabitant of tropical waters for a long time. As boating has increased, so has the number of manatee encounters and deaths, or so it would seem...

Is It Time to Relax the Jewfish Restrictions?
Most states, and Florida specifically, placed a ban on jewfish harvest a number of years ago. The species has rebounded. Is it time to allow a controlled harvest?...

The Billfish Foundation
The Billfish Foundation is a non-profit organization with a very clear objective: the conservation and enhancement of billfish populations worldwide through scientific research, education, and advocacy

Atlantic Salmon Federation
The Atlantic Salmon Federation is an international non-profit organization which promotes the conservation and wise management of the wild Atlantic salmon and its environment.

Marine Fish Conservation Network
The Marine Fish Conservation Network (Network) is the largest national coalition solely dedicated to promoting the long-term sustainability of marine fish.

National Coalition for Marine Conservation
The National Coalition for Marine Conservation (NCMC) is the nation's oldest public advocacy group dedicated exclusively to conserving the world's ocean fish, habitat and environment.

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