Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Agencies That Control our Mid-Atlantic Fishing

The three agencies that control our fisheries are:

1. Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), aka the Commission...........This agency formed in the early 1940's regulates waters from the shoreline out to 3 miles (as far as a cannon could shoot from the shore, lol). It has representatives from each of the 13 states on the east coast. Each state gets three members..........one from the states marine fisheries department, one legislator (who usually appoints a proxy to vote for him/her), and an individual appointed by the governor of the state. The three members caucus during meetings and each state gets one vote in matters it considers.
You could actually get to be the governor's appointee if you had the proper credentials and were so inclined

2. Mid Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (MAFMC), aka the Council...............

This agency was formed in 1976 and was created as one of the eight regional councils when the Magnuson Stevens Act (MSA) was written. As New Jersey is one of the mid-Atantic States, this is the council that regulates our fisheries.

The 21 members of the council are the regional director from NOAA, 4 nonvoting members, 7 members from each of the states fisheries departments, and 13 private citizens with knowledge of fisheries (one from each state, and 6 at large members from any state).

You could actually be a member of the council. Keep in mind MAFMC is basically an advisory body and any regulations issued must be approved by NOAA, functioning under the Secretary of Commerce

3. The New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council (NJ MFC)...........This agency sets the regulations that the state adopts in compliance with the guidelines issued by the above controlling agencies.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Spinning Reel Maintenance

a good article on a subject that my mind seems to recoil at: maintenance!

It is very important to routinely maintain spinning reels when they are being used in saltwater in order to ensure optimum performance. The last thing that you need when fighting the fish of a lifetime is for the reel to fail due to poor maintenance.
Recently I stumbled across an article on spinning reel maintenance while visiting the Alan Hawk website. The Alan Hawk website (www.alanhawk.com) is well worth visiting if you are looking to purchase a high end spinning reel and are looking for a comprehensive, independent review of one of many of the reels currently available in the market. The reviews are incredibly detailed and each reel is completely stripped down and analysed.
I’ve reproduced the daily and periodical care sections of the reel maintenance below but if you want to view the full article then click on the following link:- http://www.alanhawk.com/blog/care.html