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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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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Second hand boats: Buying a family yacht

Will Bruton takes a look at the positives and potential pitfalls in buying a family yacht so you can cruise the world with the kids in tow Buying a family yacht with room to accommodate young and old means looking for some very specific characteristics. Having enough space for living, studying and – increasingly commonly […]

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Discover Puerto Rico

Warm Up to Puerto Rico The island is a U.S. territory and a gateway to the Caribbean. It’s amazing how little most U.S. mainlanders really know about Puerto Rico. Sure, plenty have flown to the island or even taken cruise ships to San Juan, the capital of this United States territory, but I’m not convinced […]

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Late Fall Fishing Bonanza In Raritan Bay

The clear, crisp air in November brings beautiful sunrises. With the New York skyline outlined by a deep-red sky and a little mist rising off the water, the scene was set for a magical day on the water—if the fish were willing to cooperate. The truck reported 35 degrees when I got in, but with […]

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Yamaha offers support to Center for Coastal Studies

Yamaha Rightwaters continues its support of the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, Mass., by recently helping the marine rescue organization repower a boat with new 300-horsepower outboards. The F300s will power the twin-engine Ibis, a whale disentanglement vessel used to assist with several research and rescue programs in the Cape Cod Bay area. “The Center for […]

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Fish Facts: What Eats Giant Ocean Sunfish?

Mola, also known as ocean sunfish, are massive, weird-looking fish without a tail. What would take a bite out of the slow-mover? Rich Herrmann Could anything that swims be an easier meal than the mola? Also known as ocean sunfish, the weird fish without a tail appears to be missing the back half of its body, […]

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Trash Fish You Can Eat

Menhaden, or, “bunker,” or, “pogie,” is a great bait that most anglers would disdain as table fare. Yet, these fish were once promoted by Uncle Sam as good to eat. Courtesy Chesapeake Bay Program “Trash-fish,” or “rough fish” are longstanding pejoratives for any fish not considered sporting and / or not considered good table fare. […]

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RBFF submits comment to NOAA over vessel speed rule

The organizations representing recreational fishing and boating in the United States this week urged the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to pause its proposed North Atlantic Right Whale Vessel Strike Reduction Rule, citing numerous significant flaws with the proposal. The proposed rule would broaden the current 10-knot (11.5 mph) speed restriction to include vessels 35 feet […]

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Special Report: A Whale of a Problem for Boaters

NOAA Proposal Could Devastate Boating Industry. In the hopes of saving a declining population of North Atlantic Right whales, NOAA aims to institute a 10-knot speed limit along much of the Atlantic coast. We cut through the clutter and get to the heart of this matter with this emergency podcast with Viking Director of Government […]

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