FISHING LINES: Newsletter of the Anglers for Clean Water
2017: A Most Important Year for the Most Important Fish in the Sea
In the inaugural issue of Fishing Lines: Anglers currently have an opportunity to lend their voice to the discussion of menhaden management not only in Virginia, but along the entire Atlantic Coast.
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), which manages menhaden along their entire range from Maine to Florida, is currently soliciting public comments on changes to their management plan which will be adopted in late 2017.
Also, new faces at CBF, advocacy and community information, and more.
Good News About Rockfish, with A Caution
Maryland's striped bass Young-of-the-Year Index is the eighth highest on record, and Virginia's is slightly stronger than the long-term average. But a key factor for the future remains survival rates for the next four to six years.
Runoff Pollution: New Study of Health Hazards and a Community-Based Solution
CBF Senior Naturalist John Page Williams shares recent stories about the impact polluted runoff is having on our public waterways and what some people are doing to fix the problem.
How Safe Are Our Swimming Holes?
Last summer, CBF's Maryland Office Media Coordinator, Tom Zolper, led a program with three counties and their local colleges to investigate pollution from fecal bacteria in public waterways after rainstorms. The testing sites in Frederick, Harford, and Howard counties included several popular swimming areas. Many of the results are alarming.
Here's What They Found
From Sandbags to Black-Eyed Susans
The opportunities to correct local stormwater runoff issues are out there. A great example of such a project is the rain gardens designed and installed by volunteers of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Harford County.
Read About It
More community success storiES
Urban and suburban polluted runoff is the only major source of nitrogen pollution in the Bay watershed that is still growing. As more houses, roads, and shopping centers are built, more polluted stormwater makes its way through gutters and storm drains to the nearest stream.
IMAGE CREDITS: (from top) MidAtlantic Aerial, Tom Zolper/CBF Staff, Julia Poust, Deidra Floyd/CBF Staff
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
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. Learn More
Is it all bad news or are we making strides with the Clean Water Blueprint? Learn More
Underwater grass beds are a keystone habitat for Chesapeake Bay fish and crabs. How close are we to increasing this primary habitat? LEARN MORE
Photo credits: (from top) CBF Staff, CBF Staff, ©Michael Eversmier, Yuri Huta, Jay Fleming
Find out what other issues are affecting the health of the Bay.