The University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography held a webinar on Wednesday titled “Recreational Fishing and Offshore Wind Energy: Understanding Changing Behavior.”
About 90 people attended the two-and-a-half-hour webinar, which will be followed by an in-person workshop in the near future.
“We are here to identify ways to understand the impact and changes in recreational fishing behavior due to offshore wind energy,” said webinar organizer Jennifer McCann, director of U.S. Coastal Programs at the Coastal Resources Center, URI Graduate School of Oceanography and director of U.S. Coastal Programs at the Coastal Resource Center. In URI. Rhode Island Sea Grant Mentorship Programs.
Highlights of the meeting included studies that used existing data today as well as an angler survey that plotted angling hotspots on a marine chart.
Scott Steinbeck, a fisheries economist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shared his study that used the database of a smartphone fishing app called FishID to determine what was caught in wind farm lease areas.
Jeffrey Kneebone, senior scientist in the Fisheries Science and Emerging Technologies Program at the New England Aquarium, reported on his work analyzing historical data on highly migratory species such as sharks and tuna to determine which species and number of fish are caught by wind-farming areas.
A third study conducted by the URI Coastal Resource Center on behalf of the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council mapped responses from 300 anglers in areas where they fished.
This study is used to avoid conflicts early in the development process between fin fishermen and the aquaculture farm rental area. The hope is that the study’s approach can be used offshore to explore potential conflicts between fishermen and offshore wind farm lease areas.
“We are also using the study to show anglers new to fishing the hot spots to enhance their fishing experience,” said Scott Travers, executive director of the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association.
Details of the keynote lessons and discussions of the ensuing symposium will be posted on the URI Coastal Resource Center website once they have been processed. More to come on this initiative as it develops.
Organize bass chart
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, which regulates coastal striped bass regulations, approved the second addendum to Amendment 7 to the Interstate Fisheries Management Plan for Atlantic striped bass at its winter meeting last month.
The addition means a continuation of the slot limit from 28 to 31 inches for a maximum bag of fish/person/day like last year.
Most commentators at the meeting preferred the circumference option (28-31 inches, all modes).
Commenters noted that this option is the most conservative option with the highest discretionary reduction, which is necessary to support inventory rebuilding.
In a post on its website, the American Society of Saltwater Guides said: “This option would best protect the class of 2015, especially given the recent decline in employment and the lack of strong upcoming classes.” Most commenters noted specific and strong opposition to any split-status options .
“They noted that the entire recreational sector should have the same regulations and participate equally in rebuilding the stock. They also noted that all recreational anglers should have the same opportunity to fish. Some comments expressed concern that even the most conservative options would It has less than a 50% chance of rebuilding the stock.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) adds to the no-go zone for right whales in the Atlantic Ocean
Effective March 8, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service will permanently add an area called “The Wedge” off Lynn and Gloucester to the Massachusetts no-go zone for Atlantic right whales.
The wedge will now be closed to commercial/vessel fisheries during this time to reduce the immediate high level of risk of accidental mortality and serious injury to North Atlantic right whales in this area as part of the Greater Atlantic Whale Hunting Reduction Plan.
Continuous buoy line closures will run from March 8 to April 30. In 2025 and beyond, the larger mutual recognition agreement will be in effect from February 1 to April 30.
This rule permanently addresses the risks created by this open wedge when large numbers of right whales use and transit the area while fishing or storing trap/bowl gear in preparation for the opening of federal waters on May 1 within the Massachusetts Restricted Area.
The closure of the buoy lines was requested by the Massachusetts Department of Marine Fisheries, which expressed concern about the high density of gear and whales in this area based on observations from previous years.
Where is the sting?
fresh water: Trout and salmon fishing is still good on stocked ponds. “The trout fishing has been great with some very large rainbow and rainbow trout being caught,” said angler Jeff Sullivan of Luckey Bait & Tackle in Warren. “The white perch bite has been very good as well.”
For a complete list of trout ponds in Massachusetts, visit the Mass Wildlife at Trout Stocking report on Mass.gov. In Rhode Island, visit www.dem.ri.gov/fishing, or call 401-789-0281 or 401-539-0019 for more information about stocking trout.
salty water: Fishing was limited due to strong winds and storms. However, anglers continue to catch the school’s striped bass.
If you want to try your hand at cod fishing, call ahead to reserve a party boat. The ships will sail as soon as the weather clears.