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Salt Water Sportsman

April 2019

Salt Water Sportsman covers the world of saltwater fishing. Featuring local authorities from around the country, Salt Water Sportsman provides the regional insight and expertise to help anglers catch more and bigger fish, right in their own back yard. The magazine offers loads of how-to information, advice for those who travel within the greater U.S. and surrounding waters, and reviews of new boats, tackle and electronics.

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in the blood

Glenn LawSpending some time with one of our all-time favorites.The striped bass is the state fish of New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and South Carolina.It’s a quintessential American fish with a following and culture that predates spinning reels, monofila-ment line and center-console boats.The allure runs deep in many anglers. Striped bass inspire a following that often puts sleep and comfort secondary to the quest for the benchmark 50-pounder, the hole-in-one of striper fishing.It’s also a fish that’s an essential part of this magazine’s angling DNA, a species that for many years virtually defined Salt Water Sportsman.Looking back, 80 years ago (we celebrate that anniversary in June) the first headline on the first story in the first issue of the fledgling weekly newsletter The Salt Water…

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massive sargassum blooms could threaten florida, mexico and the caribbean

A bulletin from the University of South Florida (USF) said sargassum in the central-west Atlantic has continued to increase from the record amount recorded in November 2018, when a USF researcher found more than double the average measured in previous Novembers between 2011 and 2017.Sargassum, which usually bunches up into large mats on the surface, provides food, shelter, breeding grounds and nurseries for a wide range of marine life, including crustaceans and finfish, but excessive amounts can have harmful effects. In addition to mucking up beaches and producing a lingering, pungent smell, it can also hinder navigation and fishing, keep sunlight from reaching coral reefs, cover sea turtle nests and prevent hatchlings from reaching the sea, and more.With the Gulf Stream Current acting as a giant conveyor belt, sargassum blooms…

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angling and boating community and noaa sign cooperation agreement

Representatives from the recreational fishing and boating community, NOAA Fisheries and NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries recently signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to develop and expand a framework for planning and implementing mutually beneficial projects and activities to promote sustainable recreational fishing and boating in federal marine waters.John Armor, director of NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuaries; Sam Rauch, deputy assistant administrator for regulatory programs for NOAA; and Frank Peterson, president and CEO of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) signed the MOA at the Miami International Boat Show in February.“Recreational fishermen are some of our nation’s most important conservationists. NOAA is excited about our collaboration and the growing support for outdoor recreation as a driver of our nation’s blue economy,” said RDML Timothy Gallaudet, acting NOAA administrator and…

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bipartisan bill to ban shark-fin trade stalls in congress

A group of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle introduced legislation in 2016 that would make it illegal to buy or sell shark fins in the U.S., but despite strong bipartisan support and wide acclaim from conservation groups, the proposed legislation remains in limbo.The bill, known as the Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act (S. 793), led by Del. Gregorio Sablan (D-Northern Mariana Islands) and Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), is meant to further crack down on shark finning. The practice is already illegal in U.S. waters, but the bill’s supporters say that stopping the trade of shark fins would cut down on finning elsewhere, squeezing the market.More than 100 marine scientists wrote to Congress in support of the bill, contending that estimates suggest fins from between 27 million and 73…

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asa appoints new pacific fisheries policy director

The American Sportfishing Association announced the appointment of Danielle Cloutier, a fisheries policy veteran, as its new Pacific fisheries policy director.Cloutier, an avid angler who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will use her professional and academic background to supplement ASA policy priorities in her new role.“She brings a new layer of expertise to ASA’s government affairs team to help respond to the wide range of Pacific fisheries policy issues that impact anglers,” said ASA President Glenn Hughes.Cloutier most recently worked at Oceana, where she covered government relations for fisheries and ocean conservation campaigns, including those on issues supported by ASA such as banning California drift gill nets and preventing shark finning. Cloutier has a background in fisheries issues, and prior to working at Oceana, she served as…

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sore spot

My response concerns the misguided support Salt Water Sportsman expressed in your “Sweeping Changes Aim to Gut Clean Water Act” article (February). As a sport-fishing magazine, you seem to be focusing on only one issue, clean water. We all want clean water; however, there is much more to the socialist overreach by Obama’s EPA.As a Texas rancher, offshore angler and former federal agent, I’m looking at the big picture. I know firsthand how mismanaged and corrupt the federal government is. Consider global warming. I believe global warming is happening, yet man isn’t the cause. If you follow this debate closely, then you are aware of the worldwide fraud that has permeated and undermined climate studies. So, I have zero faith in federal “scientific assessments.” Unfortunately, the EPA is infested with…