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Top fisheries manager has made NOAA more transpare

Apr 25, 2016

Nu-2-U Tackle Sale

Snug Harbor Marina, South Kingstown, will hold its annual Nu-2-U used tackle sale event on April 30 and May 1. Rods, reels, combos, gaffs and lures are just some of the equipment you are likely to find at the Sale. Sell or buy used gear or update your tackle with new equipment. Elisa Cahill of Sung Harbor said, “It’s a great opportunity to sell items and upgrade to some new technology. The way the sale works is that if you sell your used tackle at our Sale you give us a 20% commission, or you can use 100% of the sale price towards new equipment you buy from us.” For information call 401.783.7766. Snug Harbor Marina is at 410 Gooseberry Road, South Kingstown.

Learn how to catch close-to-home cod

Learn about tactics, tackle, bait and strategies to catch close-to-home cod form bottom fishing experts Capt. B.J. Silvia of Flippin’ Out Charters and his fishing partner Greg Vespe at a RI Saltwater Anglers Association meeting Monday, April 25, 7:00 p.m. at the West Valley Inn, West Warwick. Cod fishing was good this past year and is still fairly strong so now is the time to learn how to catch these great eating fish close-to-home. Everyone is welcome, non-members are requested to make a $10 donation to the RISAA Scholarship Fund, and members attend free. Optional dinner supplied by the West Valley Inn starting at 5:30 p.m.

Narragansett Trout Unlimited meets April 27

The Narragansett Chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU225) will meet Wednesday, April 27, 6:30 p.m., at the Coventry/West Greenwich Elks Lodge, 42 Nooseneck Hill Road (Rte. 3, Exit 6 off of Rte. 95), West Greenwich. The primary focus of this meeting will be a presentation by The Mayforth Group, a Government Relations and Advocacy firm located in Providence, RI. This Group is part of a coalition named The Herring Alliance (http://www.herringalliance.org/ ), an organization committed to promoting an "ecosystem-based" fisheries management policy within the region. Their primary concern is the chronic overfishing of the forage fish that has led to the populations of river herring/shad to drop to dangerous levels. The Group and Alliance’s focus is to protect and restore the forage fish in our waterways. Contact Chapter president Ron Marafioti at (401) 463-6162 with any questions.

DEM holds fly fishing workshops
Registration is now open for fly fishing workshops being sponsored by the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and their partners.

April 23: Kids' Fly Fishing Event, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Burrillville. Hosted by DEM, Trout Unlimited, and United Fly Tyers to provide hands-on, fly-fish instruction to children 8 years and older. The program focuses on equipment needs, fly-tying, fly-casting, and fishing safety. Lunch and equipment provided. A parent or guardian must be present at all times.

June 4: Fly-Fishing Express, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Newport. Experienced anglers have an opportunity to access remote fishing areas along Aquidneck Island using the historic Old Colony Train. Instructors will be available to help fine-tune participants' fly-fishing skills. Lunch and equipment provided. Fee: $15.00.

June 25: Introduction to Freshwater-Fly Fishing, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Burrillville. Families with children 10 years and older learn about fly-fishing equipment, fly-tying, fly-casting, and the best fishing areas across Rhode Island during this six-hour workshop. Lunch and equipment provided. Fee: $15.00 per person.

July 9: Women’s Fly Fishing Workshop, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Carolina. DEM, Wood River Fly Fishing, and Narragansett Trout Unlimited host a fly- fishing workshop for women only. The program will focus on equipment, fly-tying, fly-casting, and highlight fishing areas across Rhode Island. Lunch and equipment provided.

DEM also offers group fishing training at a pond in Richmond. The training pond welcomes school, scout, senior, and youth groups to learn to fish in a safe, wheelchair-accessible area. Bait, rods, tackle and training are provided. Reservations are required, and there is no cost to participate.

To register for contact Kimberly Sullivan at 401.539.0019 or email Kimberly.sullivan@dem.ri.gov.

Top fisheries manager has made NOAA more transparent

When I first met Eileen Sobeck in 2014 she was just appointed NOAA’s assistant administrator for fisheries. Ms. Sobeck is our nation’s top fish manager. Last week we met a second time, as she presented on major NOAA initiatives moving forward.
Sobeck said, “Fishing in this country is a $2-billion dollar industry. We will be celebration this during National Seafood Week in October… our aim is to help connect the next generation to fishing.”
Ms. Sobeck oversees the management and conservation of marine fisheries including scientific research, fisheries management, law enforcement and habitat conservation as well as the protection of marine mammals and sea turtles. Over the past two years she has made NOAA fisheries more transparent, has provided recreational fishing with a greater voice in how fisheries are managed (although some believe it needs even a greater voice) and has done a good job upholding the fishing law of this nation (the Magnuson-Stevens Act).
In brief here are seven key NOAA initiatives assistant administrator Eileen Sobeck laid out in her presentation last week.
Electronic monitoring is seen as a way to defray the cost of vessel observers and to keep the benefits of monitoring without the high cost and sometimes intrusive presence of monitors.
Reduce bycatch (the unintended fish caught when targeting other species). Bycatch is a major resource drain. A bycatch initiative is in place that considers gear, fishing location and a host of other variables.
Climate change and its effect on fisheries is a key focus, particularly how to use limited research funds and examine how climate change is impacting us. An approach was proposed by NOAA last year.
Eco-system based management. NOAA has proposed a policy and is finalizing it with public input. The new policy will clarify the agency’s direction, focus and priorities for managing fisheries in an increasingly complex and changing environment. The plan is to build upon successes in other regions.
Ecological forecasting of major environmental events (like El nino) and climate change.
Aquaculture. How to grow this third largest fishery and successfully manage U.S. and imported seafood.
National global knowledge share. Help the world enhance their fisheries.

Where’s the bite
Fresh water fishing remains strong. “The freshwater bass fishing is the best it has been in recent years. And, the trout bite has been remarkable because there was no ice fishing this year so all the trout stocked in the fall where still in the water plus the spring stocking.” said Dave Henault of Ocean State Tackle, Providence. John Littlefield of Archie’s Bait & Tackle, Riverside said, “The Brickyard in Barrington has been very slow, other ponds like Willet Avenue have been good. A kayak customer bought twelve shiners this weekend and fished a pond in Rehoboth. He hit a fish on every cast, bass and a catfish.”

Striped bass. Elisa Cahill of Snug Harbor Marina said, “Several days last week anglers had great action on the West Wall. Tom McGuire had 35 fish one night and Cliff Richer released over 75 fish. Some customers caught over 100 so far. This is great action.” The good news gets better as On-the-Water magazine reported this week that 30 pound striped bass are being caught in Connecticut Rivers. So the larger fish are on the way. Ken Ferrara of Ray’s Bait & Tackle, Warwick said, “Anglers fishing the Greenwich Bay Sandy Point/Sally Rock area landed school bass floating worms.” Dave Henault of Ocean State said, “The best lures to use for early spring are pencil poppers and needles as they are not noisy and mimic herring. Once Atlantic menhaden arrive larger lures work best.”

Tautog fishing is slow. The spring season opened April 15 and ends May 31st. John Littlefield of Archie’s Bait & Tackle, said, “A customer using clam worms and clam tongue fishing the Wharf Tavern area for tautog caught an 18” keeper.” Ken Ferrara of Ray’s Bait said, “In the spring female tautog hide from the males so you will find them in lower water. When they are ready to spawn they show up around the rock clusters. In spring we have catch tautog when we were on the drift fluke fishing off the northern shore of Greenwich Bay, in front of Mill Creek just south of Conimicut Point and other low water sandy areas. Later in the spring we would target rocky places like Ohio Ledge and Conimicut Light.”

Cod fishing was fair last week. The Francis Fleet reports on one trip anglers came back with a dinner or two. Fishing is expected to improve as the weather improves.

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