Striper reels in enough votes to be state fish

  The striped bass has been named the official state fish, but it didn't happen without a fight.   The biggest opponent to the title came from a much-debated fish that is a mainstay of the striper's diet - menhaden. SB 940 passed easily in the Senate and was forwarded to the House. There, Del.…

Yamaha Outboards and Volvo Penta Pair Up

Yamaha Motor Co. and AB Volvo Penta Thursday announced a strategic alliance designed to utilize each company's strengths to make both stronger. The announcement was made at the Miami International Boat Show and builds on the announcement in December that Volvo Penta and Yamaha signed a technical agreement for the joint development of boat control…

2011 Miami Boat Show Attendance Up!

Attendance was up 14 percent at the 2011 Miami International Boat Show, which closed Monday. The National Marine Manufacturers Association, which produces the show, reported 104,168 attendees this year, versus 91,415 in 2010. Strictly Sail Miami, however, was down 8 percent compared with 2009 -the last time it was held as a stand-alone show. A…

Coastal Fisheries Reform Group

  CFRG leadership attended the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission meeting in Pine Knoll Shores, NC yesterday and today. On the agenda were the issues of the Striped Bass harvest by Trawl, and the closure of the Speckled Trout Fishery. As you know, thousands of Stripers were publicly wasted in the last few weeks, and…

NC Marine Fisheries Commission Reopen Ocean Striped Bass Trawl Fishery

  The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission has instructed the director of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries to reopen the state’s ocean striped bass trawl fishery to allow the remaining quota to be caught. The commission voted 6-2 Friday to allow the fishery to reopen, adding the requirement for 30-minute tow times, to the previous…

Boat show is a go. It started today in Virginia Beach

The 58th annual Mid-Atlantic Sports and Boat Show started today at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. No, it's not the show it once was, when the glory days featured anything and everything related to boating and fishing filled the old Virginia Beach Pavilion and spilled over into tents outside. But it's a darned good boat…

NC Division of Marine Fisheries Meeting Feb 10th and 11th: NC Striped Bass Commercial Fishing

  Who will be able to attend? I am writing in response to your e-mail regarding your concerns about North Carolina’s striped bass fishery.The ocean striped bass commercial trawl fishery is currently closed in North Carolina and will not reopen until after the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission meets this week. The commission is slated to…