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Charles Witek
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IMPOSING REAL BOUNDS ON THE PARTY BOAT FLEET
Ten or twelve years ago, I was down in Islamorada, and
jumped aboard a local party boat for the day. It wasn’t peak season.   On the plus side, that meant that there weren’t many people on board the
boat, and we didn’t have to jostle for a favored stern spo...

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THE PROBLEM WITH VESSEL TRIP REPORTS
For a number of years, we’ve heard for-hire operators, and
party boat operators in particular, complain that federal fishery managers
require them to fill out vessel trip reports, usually referred to as “VTRs,”
but then don’t consider information included o...

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MAGNUSON-STEVENS "REFORM" IN A NUTSHELL
The reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery
Conservation and Management Act is beginning to gain some momentum. On July 19, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on
Water, Power and Oceans held a hearing on the “Successes and Challenges” of
Magnu...

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PETER PAN IS ALIVE--AND LIVING IN NEW JERSEY
You remember Peter Pan.  He was the  boy who wouldn't grow up, and remained a child for all eternity. And such eternal
childhood appears to have been a conscious choice.  In the original
play where he was introduced to the world by author J.M Barrie, Peter ...

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GIVE SHARKS A FAIR SHAKE
Like a lot of folks who grow up near the water, I’ve been
fascinated by sharks for a very long time. My first exposure to the clan was a “sand shark”—more properly,
a smooth dogfish—that I caught from a rowboat sometime around my kindergarten
year.  And yes...

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REP. ZELDIN CONTINUES ATTACK ON STRIPED BASS
Rep. Lee Zeldin, who represents New York’s 1 st Congressional District—the East End of Long Island—has a poor record when it
comes to conservation. Although he does deserve credit for trying
to preserve Plum Island as public land and maintaining
interim fun...

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CHUB MACKEREL; FORAGE, YET A FISHERY
Typically, if you manage to land a thresher shark that
weighs more than  a quarter-ton, you’re
going to win a weekend tournament. 
However, that’s not how it went earlier this month at Star Island Marina
in Montauk, where an angler put such a big fish on th...

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THE MYTH OF THE CORNUCOPIA
The ancient Greeks told a story , which may have originated
more than 2,500 years ago, of the infant Zeus, who was destined to be King of
the Gods. Hidden from his father, Chronos, who planned to devour him, Zeus
survived by drinking the milk of the she-goa...

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SOME THOUGHTS ON MENHADEN MANAGEMENT
Menhaden management has been in the news lately. On the East Coast, the big news is that, after a fight that
spanned more than two decades and began in the bad old days
when the hungry foxes of the menhaden industry had effective control of the
management h...

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FACTS ASSAIL FOES OF NMFS' RED SNAPPER MANAGEMENT
I was skimming some fishery management headlines the other
day, when one caught my eye. It was from
the Louisiana Record , and announced
that “Environmental groups’ suit over extended red snapper season lacks facts,
policy expert says.” That struck me as in...
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