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New Rules Will Determine Saltwater Season Limits on East Coast

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January 26, 2012

New Rules Will Determine Saltwater Season Limits on East Coast

By Chad Love

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (try saying that five times fast) is rolling out new parameters to determine recreational saltwater fishing harvest estimates, the results of which help determine seasonal limits all along the eastern seaboard.

From this story in the Boston Herald:

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on today announced that it’s using a new way to estimate the amount of fish caught by recreational saltwater anglers on the Atlantic Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico, the result of years of work on how to make the numbers more accurate. The new estimates will have an impact on millions of fishermen and those who make a living from recreational fishing.

Eastern and Gulf Coast fish-management groups will use the estimates and other information about fish populations to make decisions about limits on catches of many species of fish, such as striped bass in the mid-Atlantic and red snapper in the Gulf.

"Better, more accurate estimates of anglers’ catch are important to sustainable management of fisheries," said Eric Schwaab, NOAA’s acting assistant secretary of commerce for conservation and management. It’s not easy to measure the catch from an estimated 11 million U.S. saltwater anglers, Schwaab said. Those estimates are based on sample dockside and phone interviews. The new methods address problems found in a National Research Council study finished in 2006.

What do you think, saltwater anglers? Is this a good thing, a bad thing, or a "we'll have to see" thing?

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from buckhunter wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

The guy in the photo looks really familiar? Ha!

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from dleurquin wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

We should manage for healthy populations of all wildlife, include saltwater fish, and getting catch estimates sounds like a good starting point.

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from weedless97 wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

More accurate estimations are always better. It may hurt a little at first, but knowing the truth will be better in the long run.

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from jakenbake wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

From what I've heard, the new system should work way better than the old system as far as accuracy goes. I hope so. I don't mind much being limited to what I can keep, I really just like the challenge of catching fish in the ocean.

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from weedless97 wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

More accurate estimations are always better. It may hurt a little at first, but knowing the truth will be better in the long run.

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from dleurquin wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

We should manage for healthy populations of all wildlife, include saltwater fish, and getting catch estimates sounds like a good starting point.

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from jakenbake wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

From what I've heard, the new system should work way better than the old system as far as accuracy goes. I hope so. I don't mind much being limited to what I can keep, I really just like the challenge of catching fish in the ocean.

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from buckhunter wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

The guy in the photo looks really familiar? Ha!

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