Hi Folks, There is a NEFMC Herring Committee meeting that will affect ALL BFT and striped bass fishers on the east coast on Tuesday, February 7 at 10 AM. It is in Plymouth, MA at 180 Water street in Plymouth. (Formerly the Radisson-now called Hotel 1620 Plymouth Harbor) If you would like to see more herring in our local waters to attract bluefin tuna, striped bass, cod, whales, seabirds, and other essential marine life, then make a committment to be another body in the room, or get to the microphone to ask for what you need. It is critically important that we have a lot of fishers at this meeting.
For over 20 years, many of us have been trying to address this issue, by asking for observer coverage and buffer zones for these large efficient boats. With increasing public attention to these issues, the fishery managers are being forced to consider the impacts of local forage specie depletion and how it affects local user groups. Now we have the best chance for realistic buffer zones to keep these vacumn cleaners of our baitfishes out of local waters. Please try to attend and make your voice heard. Although the public comment period ended yesterday, email submissions can be sent to "firstname.lastname@example.org". Ideally, we ask for a 50 MILE BUFFER ZONE in effect for the ENTIRE year. AdditionallY, we would want 100% observer coverage on these vessels.
Bruce & Marilyn S
PS: Here is a little reminder to get your reservation made for one of the better tide days before they are all gone. I have been reserving trips steadily since the first of the year. Send me an email and lets figure out a good day for your trip, regarding tide size, departure time and fishing effort to maximize your fishing charter results.