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Industry takes to Capitol Hill for Magnuson-Stevens reform

In a continued effort to educate lawmakers about the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, several industry players addressed staff representing members of the Congressional Boating Caucus on Tuesday about the importance of supporting recreational fishing and boating through legislation.

Industry letter urges Magnuson-Stevens reform

More than 200 leaders in the recreational fishing and boating industries are asking U.S. House and Senate members in a letter today to support key policy changes to saltwater recreational fisheries management in the upcoming Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act reauthorization.

Striped bass quota could be cut by 25 percent

Fishery managers are proposing to cut the striped bass quotas for commercial and recreational fishermen by as much as 25 percent because they fear bass are being caught faster than adult fish can replicate.

Whale sightings more common along Jersey coast

The number of whale sightings around New Jersey has increased substantially this year, suggesting that the state’s coastal waters are now clean enough to sustain humpbacks, finbacks and other species during their feeding season.

Florida officials seek input on anchoring proposal

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is hosting two workshops this week on proposals to change the state’s anchoring law and give some authority to counties and municipalities to regulate anchoring on their waters.

VIDEO: Expedition studies the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Though it’s existed for decades, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is attracting renewed attention from scientists and environmental experts with the return of a research vessel that has been collecting data for the last several months.

Wounded Warriors fishing tourney draws 120 boats

The second annual Treasure Coast Bonito Blast, benefiting the Wounded Warriors of South Florida, drew a fleet of 120 boats Saturday to its event fished out of Manatee Island Bar and grill in Port Salerno.

VIDEO: Dredging impasse prevents replica ship’s visit

A wooden reproduction of a 16th-century Spanish galleon that made an appearance with Johnny Depp in the film “Pirates of the Caribbean” and on John Malkovich’s TV show “Crossbones” was supposed to arrive next month at South Jersey Marina in Cape May, N.J.

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