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Old February 13th, 2020, 08:03 PM #21
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Omega harvests tons of menhaden (via Purse Seiners)
which otherwise would be eaten by rockfish or be left to breed.
So the Rockfish, instead, eat crabs.

THAT, IN A NUTSHELL is the problem.

EVERYBODY who has half a brain KNOWS IT.
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Old February 13th, 2020, 08:08 PM #22
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Omega harvests tons of menhaden (via Purse Seiners)
which otherwise would be eaten by rockfish or be left to breed.
So the Rockfish, instead, eat crabs.

THAT, IN A NUTSHELL is the problem.

EVERYBODY who has half a brain KNOWS IT.
Menhaden, the most important fish in the sea.
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Old February 13th, 2020, 08:18 PM #23
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It's a FILTER Fish as well, eats plankton and the sort.
Damn, VA and MD have corrupt politicians. And stupid as well.
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Old February 13th, 2020, 09:52 PM #24
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AND if you fish the Potomac for Stripers, please go to PRFC.US and see the (3) new options being voted on March 4. If the Potomac River Fish Commission elects option 2 or 3 in March, THEY WILL CLOSE THE POTOMAC FOR STRIPER FISHING either much of July/August with option 2 or all of July and August with option 3. That means NO STRIPER FISHING in the Potomac, not even catch and release, July and August.

Please go to the site, and email martingary.prfc@gmail.com by March 3 with your vote. Spread the word.

At 65 I've been fishing the Potomac for Stripers for 50 years, generally put 1000 fish on the boat each season, and I elect to release every fish. That will potentially will be taken away from me / us.

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I'm glad I won't be mating this year. Too much non sense. Offshore it is until the macs and blues show up.
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I'm glad I won't be mating this year. Too much non sense. Offshore it is until the macs and blues show up.
Mating? Mating with whom?

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. Once again in typical fashion the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has put Revenue over saving a resource. The commission has the authority to order the state of Maryland to rewrite its regulations based on the statistical findings and the regulations in other states. I for one will not comply. If they allow Charter captains to keep two per person per day then this Captain will also be keeping two per person per day.
FYI the path chosen was reported to be OPPOSITE of what the department recommended. The governor's office picks which plan to use. Keep that in mind while you are breaking regulations this year.
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Old February 16th, 2020, 05:36 PM #28
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Menhaden, the most important fish in the sea.
AMEN! If our elected morons would fix the root cause of the problem, we would not have to live with ineffectual measures that will never solve the problem. Shutting down Omega-A will quickly restore both the Rock and Blues in the Bay. I'll bet the crab population will also explode.
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I never understood why they allow fish that are undersized/underage to breed be taken. If they don't breed until they are 32" (I don't recall the exact spawning size) why are 18" fish allowed to be kept.

I believe they are more concerned with money than the resource.
Ditto for the bay crabs. A moratorium on females for three years or so could increase the numbers significantly.
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AMEN! If our elected morons would fix the root cause of the problem, we would not have to live with ineffectual measures that will never solve the problem. Shutting down Omega-A will quickly restore both the Rock and Blues in the Bay. I'll bet the crab population will also explode.
A flourishing menhaden stock would not only provide the necessary food source for other fish species, it would greatly improve the bay’s water quality.
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