This "Angler's Almanac" column from Chesapeake Bay Magazine, June 2012 is a quick, basic primer on Chesapeake baitfish, published just before the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) enacted a Total Allowable Catch limit on menhaden in the fall of that year.
Read More (PDF)
The current "Species" page for menhaden from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission web site includes notes on the current status of the stock and possible future actions. The 2013 coastwide catch for both reduction and bait was firmly within the new Total Allowable Catch (TAC). Read Now
In the fall of 2013, CBF's Fisheries Program Director Bill Goldsborough sent this letter to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) seeking offshore bycatch protection for river herring and shad, whose stocks are much diminished today but which historically played critical roles in the Chesapeake's forage base. Read Now
The online newsletter, FishTalk, covers the action that the MAFMC took this spring to restrict the bycatch of river herring and shad in the offshore Atlantic mackerel fishery. Read Now
This article on the Chesapeake's most abundant forage species, the bay anchovy, by Dr. Ed Houde of the University of Maryland's Chesapeake Biological Laborator, takes a good look at the characteristics and ecology of this important little fish—one that does not receive enough credit for its role in this ecosystem. Read more
Find out more about forage fish
CHESAPEAKE CLEAN WATER BLUEPRINT
In the summer 2014 issue of Fly Rod & Reel Magazine, noted outdoor writer, Ted Williams, gives an excellent overview of the current efforts by the American Farm Bureau, 20 states' attorneys general, and others to stop the clean up of the Chesapeake Bay. Read More
Find out more about The Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint
IMAGE CREDITS: (from top) The Pew Charitable Trusts, iStock, Jay Fleming/iLCP, The Herring Alliance, VIMS, Kevin Moore
Careful anglers think about the fish they keep and the fish they release. Angling is a recreational activity done for fun and sport. One key to maintaining healthy fish populations is making sure angling is done carefully, legally, and in a way that helps them thrive.
A little TFC (tender fish-handling care) goes a long way toward preserving all species for future anglers. In this Angler's Almanac article, John Page Williams urges, "Let's Be Careful Out There."
One key to careful angling is planning ahead. Before putting a line in the water, decide what you will keep for trophy or dinner. Have all the tools and tackle necessary for properly releasing fish.
Catch-and-release fishing can be an effective way to conserve fish if certain precautions are taken. Check out these tips and tools.
As recreational anglers, we know about tides and currents, bottom characteristics, and the best conditions of both for catching fish. We also know that pollution, loss of habitat, and overfishing reduce the numbers and health of the fish in our waterways. Show your stewardship of our waterways and fisheries-take the Anglers' Pledge.
Photo credits: (from top) Krista Schlyer/iLCP, CBF Staff, Octavio Aburto/iLCP, Karin Aigner/iLCP
What causes water pollution? What does water pollution cause? From polluted runoff from land to dead zones and algal blooms in our waters, everything has consequences. Learn more
They are the little fish that big fish eat and they are facing their own challenges. Learn More
To Come Habitat lost. Habitat restored. Take a look at how land use is compromising marine habitat and how efforts such as oyster restoration are bringing habitat back.
To Come Is it all bad news or are we making strides with the Clean Water Blueprint?
To Come Water quality impacts both marine life and human life. What health issues do we all face and what can we do about them?
Photo credits: (from top) CBF Staff, CBF Staff, ©Michael Eversmier, ©Karine Aigner/iLCP, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission/C. Yamashita
Find out what other issues are affecting the health of the Bay.