Archive for December, 2010
There has been a lot of noise in recent years about the striped bass population in the EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone) being targetted illegally. From the sounds of the statement below released by the Coast Guard that noise is being heard.
Coast Guard to cast net for striped bass poachers
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard, state and federal agencies are intensifying efforts to stop the illegal poaching of striped bass off the Atlantic coast this winter season.
In an effort to ensure the health of the striped bass population, the Coast Guard is working to raise awareness of the federal regulations governing striped bass and to increase enforcement efforts to protect the migration and spawning of the fish from illegal poaching activities.
Striped bass populations are moving farther off shore into warmer waters and fishermen are often pursuing the fish beyond the authorized state waters. Atlantic striped bass may not be caught, harvested or possessed in the Exclusive Economic Zone. A person caught fishing for striped bass outside of 3 nautical miles and into the EEZ is subject to fines starting at $100 per fish.
The Coast Guard has established an Atlantic Striped Bass Reporting Hotline at 757-398-6598. The public is encouraged to report any suspected poaching activity to the hotline. Calls should include a description of the activity, those involved, the location and the time of the suspected offense. Such information greatly increases the effectiveness of law enforcement operations.
“The Coast Guard is working with state law enforcement and the National Marine Fisheries Service to enforce regulations prohibiting fishing for striped bass outside of 3 nautical miles,” said Lt. Kevin Saunders of the 5th Coast Guard District’s enforcement branch. “By working to curtail the illegal actions of a few fishermen, we can help ensure future generations have the opportunity to participate in this fishery.”
There is some confusion circulating around between the NY State Marine Fishing License and the National Saltwater Angler Registry. The Federal Government has mandated all saltwater anglers be listed in a National Registry. Effective January 1 2011, anyone living in a coastal state that does NOT have a Marine Fishing License already in place will need to register with the National Registry.
New Jersey being the closest example of a state WITHOUT a saltwater license program in place. NJ anglers will be required to register with the Federal program to be compliant for the 2011 season. According to the NOAA site registration before 1/1/2011 is free with the cost after this date being $15.
As NY anglers are already aware the State voted for a NY Saltwater license in 2009 which has been in place since. NY anglers who already have their NY Saltwater license are EXEMPT from having to register with the Federal program. Folks who fish on NYS Licenses Charter/Open/Head boats are also EXEMPT as the boat carries the license for it’s fares.
Check out the NOAA/MRIP program’s website for the FULL story on the Registry and the planned benefits MRIP is supposed to provide the recreational saltwater fishing sector.
On behalf of my family I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Safe and Healthy Holiday Season.
2010 was a great year and I am very excited to see what 2011 will bring us. Please enjoy this time of year and keep those who cannot be home with their families for the Holiday Season in your thoughts.
By now the majority of Long Island boaters and anglers have wrapped up their 2010 season. Boats are shrink-wrapped, motors have been winterized and fishing tackle has been cleaned and stored for the winter. The end of one season here on Long Island signals the start of another, The SHOW Season!!!
There are numerous boating and fishing shows within easy reach of Long Islanders and they all offer a great way to pass a winter’s day strolling through the aisles of vendors. Whether planning the purchase of that next dream boat or looking to take advantage of some nice discounts on equipment, these shows are great break from the long winter.
First up is the NY Boat Show in the Javits Center in Manhattan. I have been visiting this show for longer than I care to admit. I am completely set with my Southport but still enjoy seeing a bunch of boats in under the same roof. Walking through the aisle upon aisle of equipment always produces some kind of must-have purchase as well.
The following is probably not a complete list but is probably more than enough to pass the winter weekends. I would suggest checking the event’s website for confirmations as the particular event draws near. See you at the shows!!!!!!
|New York National Boat Show||Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY, 10001||January 19-23, 2011||http://www.nyboatshow.com/|
|New York Sportsmens Outdoor Expo||Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY||January 28-30||http://www.nysportsmensshow.com/|
|Atlantic City Boat Show||Atlantic City Convention Center – Atlantic City, NJ||February 2-6, 2011||http://www.acboatshow.com/|
|Long Island Recreational Fishing Expo||Marriott Islandia||February 4- 6, 2011||http://www.longislandfishingexpo.com/|
|NEW YORK SPORTFISHING FEDERATION SPORTFISHING FORUM & AUCTION||Freeport Recreation Center, 130 E. Merrick Road, Freeport, NY.||February 18-20, 2011||http://www.nysf.org/show.htm|
|Suffolk County Boat and Sport Fishing Show||Suffolk County Community College Sports and Exhibition Complex,Brentwood, NY||February 26 – 27, 2011||http://www.suffolkboatshow.com/|
|World Fishing and Outdoor Exposition||Rockland Community College, Suffern NY||March 3-6 2011||http://sportshows.com/suffern/|
|Long Island Boat Show||Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY||March 4-6, 2011||http://www.nyboatshows.com/Nassau/|
|Long Island Recreational Fishing Expo||Queens College (CUNY)||March 12- 13, 2011||http://www.longislandfishingexpo.com|
|Saltwater Fishing Expo||Garden State Exhibit Center,Somerset, NJ||March 18-20||http://sportshows.com/somerset/index.html|
Seven Long Island towns have won a lawsuit against the state Department of Conservation preventing the agency from requiring that recreational anglers obtain a saltwater fishing license to fish town waters.
The decision by State Supreme Court Justice Patrick A. Sweeney follows a one-day trial last month, in which the towns contested a law that required any angler older than 16 to get the $10 license. The law, which took effect in October 2009, was designed in part to enable the collection of statistical data for the federal government.
The towns of East Hampton, Southampton, Shelter Island, Brookhaven, Southold, Huntington and Oyster Bay opposed the law arguing it encroached on their pre-existing authority to regulate town waters – patent rights the towns have enjoyed since the colonial era.
Sweeney’s decision said those rights give the towns full control over their fisheries.
“Concerning the issuance of a saltwater fishing license, the statute as applied to the respective plaintiffs is in violation of the rights of the people of the respective Towns and may not be enforced upon those who seek to fish in the waters regulated by the respective towns,” read the decision.
“This was a tax, nothing more than a tax,” said Joseph Lombardo, assistant town attorney for Southampton, which led the effort. “We allow people to go shellfishing for free. We don’t charge you if you’re a resident. We’ve never made people get a fishing license to go saltwater fishing. These are rights that we have to protect.”
A spokesman for the DEC declined to comment.
Lombardo said Sweeney’s decision may apply only to the seven towns that mounted the lawsuit because the constitutionality of the law itself wasn’t challenged. He said the towns in the lawsuit obtained an injunction from the fees for the duration of the dispute and that they will not be required to obey the law unless the decision is overturned on appeal.
We bundled up Saturday morning with temps around 30 at 9:00am. Beautiful, sunny skies with ZERO wind. Gathered up the lines out of the slip and backed out for the final time in 2010 on our way down the Great South Bay to the Suffolk County boat ramp in Shirley
We had a beautiful ride all the way to just east of Patchogue where we found large areas of ice. Weaved in and out of the ice while having no choice but to crunch through in some spots. Not too bad, it did clean up some of the growth on the waterline.
Next challenge was the stretch south of the Carmans River. The channel here is always slim during the best conditions. There is a sharp turn to the south in this area that is “usually” pretty well marked. I say usually because that was not the case on this trip. The markers were all pulled except for the green cans on the northern and southern ends. Let’s just say this was not a fun stretch.
Mike from MNL Marine did a wonderful job with the transport. Boat was loaded, brought to the house and blocked where she waits patiently for the springtime