saltwater fisheries

June 27, 2022
Trying to understand how fisheries science and management works is like trying to understand how the stock market works. We all have a general idea of the concepts at play, and we all certainly feel…
May 21, 2022
A huge problem has wormed its way into marine fisheries management. We’re now on course to collapse several important fisheries. The culprit? NOAA’s Marine Resource Information Program (MRIP).…
May 5, 2022
Editor's note: Tune in May 12 at 7:00 for the first Past, Present, and Future of Striped Bass, a Chesapeake Bay Perspective, an informative and educational series appearing on the FishTalk Facebook…
April 27, 2022
Do you love fishing for striped bass, or as they're known in the Chesapeake, rockfish? Well, of course you do. The bigger question at the moment is, do you love the striped bass itself? And if the…
March 31, 2022
I’m not a scientist and I don’t play one on TV, but no sentient Chesapeake Bay fishing finaddict could fail to recognize that massive changes are taking place on the waterway dearest to our hearts.…
February 23, 2022
Not long ago I sat in on a Zoom call with a disparate collection of folks who all have connections to St. Mary’s College of Maryland. We’d gathered to talk with Dr. Randolph Larson, a professor there…
February 11, 2022
There are currently multiple bills being proposed in the state of Maryland which could drastically affect Chesapeake Bay fishing, and need your input. Fortunately, CCA-MD has developed a (fantastic,…
December 29, 2021
Forty-one years reef fishing out of Ocean City, Maryland now. Never know when checkout time is, but I’d sure like to see a bluer ocean before my time’s up. It’s 100-percent doable. Repairing the Mid…
November 9, 2021
A little over a year ago in late September of 2020, David J. Smith was sentenced to 18 months of incarceration at the Anne Arundel County Detention center. His crime? Embezzling at least $136,200…
October 14, 2021
Editor's note: we don't usually post letters to the editor online, but with so many contentious issues in fisheries management these days ranging from the Modern Fish Act to menhaden, it's hard to…
September 3, 2021
Fall fishing is on the way FishTalkers, and that means red hot Chesapeake Bay fishing action up and down the DelMarVa zone and all along the coast! When the dog days of summer give way to a chill in…
May 3, 2021
The dictionary definition of “invasive” includes words like aggressive, hostile, war-like, and disturbing. Those terms certainly fit when describing the invasive species currently attacking the…
April 22, 2021
We all love Chesapeake Bay fishing, and most of us reading this will have grown up on its shores, taken our children or grandchildren fishing in its waters. We know that the first chirps of osprey…
March 28, 2021
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) determined that there are insufficient Atlantic menhaden on the Atlantic Coast to feed critically important predators such as striped bass,…
March 19, 2021
Call them striped bass, stripers, rockfish, or whatever you like, one thing is for sure: the way these fish are managed is confusing to say the least. So the Coastal Conservation Association of…
January 30, 2021
It’s funny how your mind can play tricks on you but memorabilia can set the record straight, and the other day during an encouraging drop in temperature I was crawling around in the attic looking for…
January 2, 2021
Finally 2021 is here, and we can put that no good, very bad, awful year of 2020 and the Covid-19 mess it came with into the rearview as we hope for, work for, and dream for better years ahead.…
October 3, 2020
The Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) is a non-profit organization that began its efforts in 1977. After noticing an extreme decline in fish populations in the Texas Gulf Coast, anglers came…