The Fight Over Red Grouper in the Gulf

Red grouper are a prized catch in the Gulf of Mexico for both recreational and commercial fishermen. Alex Suescun The Gulf of Mexico is back in the news. Or still in the news, anyway. But the news is not about red snapper this time — it’s about red grouper. And it’s still a heated conversation […]

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The Fish Painter

Skin mounts kill. Replicas don’t. But turning raw fiberglass blanks into lifelike reproductions takes an artist who knows his fish. Jon Whittle Chris Murrah is really into African pompano right now. Surfer, angler, jazz musician, and now lead painter at King Sailfish Mounts, he grew up in East Fort Lauderdale fishing on the Tarpon River. […]

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Right Whale, Wrong Tack

The right whale named “Snow Cone” and calf sighted off Fernandina Beach, Florida in 2022. Snow Cone has been entangled in rope since March 2021. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken under NOAA permit 20556-01 If you know me, you likely know that in addition to owning a charter fishing business, I’ve dedicated a […]

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Cod Spawning Concerns at Wind Farm Site

An offshore wind energy project taking place off Massachusetts and Rhode Island has the potential to disrupt codfish spawning in the area. Courtesy Department of Energy It is hard to deny that there are multiple and likely unnecessary layers of bureaucracy related to ocean development. If one sides with the developers, this bureaucracy is a […]

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UW Study Shows Parasite Decline in Puget Sound

Image: University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. A University of Washington fisheries scientist says her research shows that fish parasites in Puget Sound have been in decline over the last century. “We all have this sense that as climate change proceeds that what we get is increased parasite outbreaks; that we are […]

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Boat Insurance for Older Boats

Can you insure a 30-year-old boat? The answer is yes, but it’s a pain. Here are tips on how to minimize that. Insurance: Can You Get It? Can you insure a 30-year-old boat? The answer is yes, but it’s a pain. Here are tips on how to minimize that. Maybe some of you read last […]

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Catch and Release Fishing Tips for Dummies

Trophy snook sustain the population, so a safe release will positively affect the local fishery in the future. George Poveromo A few years ago, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) estimated that the mortality rate for released snook caught on the Gulf coast was only 2.13 percent. The research is clear that carefully […]

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Coast Guard Stops Illegal Fishing Near Texas

The Coast Guard recently stopped five lanchas with 22 Mexican fishermen engaged in illegal fishing near Texas. Courtesy US Coast Guard The Coast Guard recently detained 22 Mexican citizens for allegedly poaching nearly 600 pounds of red snapper and sharks near the Texas coast. Boat crews, air crews and the Cutter Jacob Poroo caught the […]

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Biden Bans Swordfish Drift Gillnets in US

Eliminating the use of large-mesh drift gillnets will help minimize bycatch in the commercial swordfish fishery. Mike Mazur I’ll be right up front: I’m not a fan of legislative riders, where an issue unrelated to the major piece of legislation gets attached as a way of getting it passed. It is my feeling that the […]

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Safe Boating: Understanding Right of Way

Many outdoor enthusiasts associate boating with fun in the sun, and rightfully so, but it should never be forgotten that safety must always remain the utmost priority. Safety measures taken by responsible boaters include possession of up-to-date safety equipment required by the United States Coast Guard, refusal of drugs and alcohol, avoidance of shallow depths […]

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Fishing Coalition Hails Funding for Young Fishermen’s Development Act

Image via Fishing Communities Coalition. A national coalition of community-based, small-boat commercial fishermen is hailing a congressional decision to include $1 million to fund the Young Fishermen’s Development Act (YFDA) in the $1.7 trillion omnibus spending package for fiscal year 2023. Members of the Fishing Communities Coalition (FCC) worked with members of Congress for more […]

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On Board With: Cindy Pease Roe

The sculpture highlights the need to remove debris from the ocean. Courtesy Cindy Pease Roe When she created a sculpture of a leaping tarpon on behalf of sunglass maker Costa Del Mar, Cindy Pease Roe really turned heads. She made the sculpture entirely out of trash and plastic debris that she found on beaches, in […]

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