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Fisheries experts meet on strategy for growing recreational fish stocks

“Ecosystem-based fisheries management is a way to sustain the benefits people get from the ocean by accounting for the interconnections among marine life, humans and the environment.” That’s the way Greg Wells of Pew Charitable Trusts kicked off the 2015 Southern New England Recreational Fishing Symposium. Wells defined ecosystem-based fisheries management for the 86 invited

Striped bass prize:  Mike Testa of Jamestown with a striped bass he caught while fly fishing with Capt. Ray Stachelek.

No Fluke: Did you see that swirl?

It happens in May and June in New England. The water in our coves becomes alive with striped bass swirling on the surface and bluefish crashing cinder worms that are dancing on the surface. It’s very much a sight-fishing experience. You can see the worms and the striped bass feeding on the surface. Cinder worms

Heidi Reid of Stur-Dee Boat Co., Tiverton, RI makes the same Amesbury Dory boat design her father made when he started the company 1947.

No Fluke: What I liked at the fishing show

“The show this weekend was very good. The threat of snow Sunday must have hurt us somewhat and it died off quickly by mid-afternoon. If it wasn’t for that we were on track for it to have been our highest attended yet,” said Steve Medeiros, president of the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association, sponsors of the

2015 saltwater fishing regulations, license bill and fishing show this week

Last Monday’s Department of Environmental Management’s (DEM) recreational regulation workshop and public hearing meetings combined what normally takes place over four different evenings into one night. Traditionally participation at specie Advisory Panel meetings held over four different evenings is limited (three to six fishermen, fifteen or twenty if an important issue was being discussed).  At

Mobilize now to impact fishing regulations for 2015

The biggest 2015 recreational fishing regulation meeting in Rhode Island will occur Monday, February 16 at the University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography, Corless Auditorium, South Ferry Road, Narragansett. At this meeting, regulation amendments to recreational fishing management plans for summer flounder, striped bass, tautog, scup, black sea bass and others will be

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Ice fishing for charity The annual Kevin Thatcher Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Crystal Lake. The tournament will benefit “Between the Cracks,” a local non-profit that helps families in need. Crystal Lake Golf Course, Big Bear Bait & Tackle and Ted’s Bait Shop

World record tautog – Angler Kenneth Westerfeld of Bayside, NY with the 28.8 pound tautog he caught last week. The fish could be a new world record if verified by the IGFA.

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DEM stocks ponds with trout The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) plans to stock eight ponds with 3,000 trout this week for the winter fishing season. Carbuncle Pond, Coventry; Olney Pond, Lincoln; Barber Pond, South Kingstown; Silver Spring Lake, North Kingstown; Upper Melville Pond, Portsmouth; and Round Top Ponds, Burrillville will be stocked with trout.

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Commercial fishing recommendations made by Council; “lean” initiative works The Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Council (RIMFC) met last week to make recommendations on 2015 regulations for commercial scup, black sea bass, monkfish and summer flounder (fluke). The Council reviewed stock status and public comments on proposed recommendations for specie management plans and voted status quo

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