2016 Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Symposium

Thanks to our good friends at COSTA  it’s time to mark your calendars and get ready for another great day of learning about a number of important fisheries management issues.
Learn all about the upcoming menhaden management changes, and hear why ecosystem based management is the best way to achieve longterm sustainability for “the most important fish in the sea”.
Capt. John McMurray (http://www.nycflyfishing.com/) will also be joining us to talk FISHING, and share his views on managing our resources for the benefit of recreational fisheries.  He will also update us on various issues he is working on as a Mid-Atlantic Council member, and Proxy to ASMFC.
We will also review the status of striped bass, and fill you in on some of the great habitat restoration and education work CCA Maryland is working on right now.
AGENDA
 
For more information, and please contact CCA Maryland’s Government Relations Committee Chairman David Sikorski for any further information
443-621-9186

3rd Annual Rocktober Cup….Register Now

 

Do you have what it takes to compete against the regions best fishermen?   Sign up now, and join us for the 3rd Annual Rocktober Cup at Little Havana Restaurante y Cantina Cubana.

Participate as a boat, kayak, or shore based angler, and compete as a team or individual to put up your best 3 rockfish stringer, or just catch the biggest fish.

Win or lose, we guarantee you’ll have a great day on the water and an even better time at the after party.

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Red Trout 2016 Divisions and Calcutta

 

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Divisions and Calcuttas

Divisions:

  1. Power Boat:

The Power Boat division is included in the general entry cost and is judged by the team. There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes. The winners are decided by the longest 3 fish stringers. The final stringer length will be the total combined length of the 3 biggest eligible species caught over the two days of fishing. The stringer can be made up completely of any eligible species (Striped Bass, Red fish, Speckled Trout, Bluefish, and Flounder), or any combination of the three.

*Participants in the Powerboat division may fish anywhere in the Md/Va tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay, but must launch from the Crisfield area. These ramps include: Somers cove, Jenkins creek, Janes Island state park, or the Small boat harbor.

*This division is judged by the team.

  1. Kayak:

The kayak division is included in the general entry cost and is judged on an individual basis.  There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes. The winners are decided by the longest 3 fish stringers. This will be judged as its own division completely separate from the powerboat division. Kayak anglers will only compete against other kayak anglers (with the exception of the Calcutta’s). The final stringer length will be the total combined length of the 3 biggest eligible species caught over the two days of fishing. The stringer can be made up completely of any eligible species (Striped Bass, Red fish, Speckled Trout, Bluefish, and Flounder), or any mixture of the three.

*Participants in the kayak division may also fish anywhere in the Md/Va tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. They are however able to travel and launch from anywhere within Md/Va.

*This division is judged completely on an individual basis.

  1. Rising Tide Division for Kids:

The kids division is included in the general entry cost and is judged on an individual basis. To enter the division, children must be 12 or under and accompanied by a participating adult. Each paying adult may enter one (1) child under their entry cost. This division is judged by weight, the heaviest overall fish wins the division. Eligible species: Any legal species based on Maryland fishing rules and regulations.

*This division is judged completely on an individual basis.

  1. Longest Overall Red Fish:

The winner will be based on the longest Red Fish overall. There will be a winner for both the power boat and kayak division.

*With the exception of kayak anglers, this division is judged by the team.

  1. Longest overall Speckled Trout:

The winner will be based on the longest Speckled Trout overall. There will be a winner for both the power boat and kayak division.

*With the exception of kayak anglers, this division is judged by the team.

  1. Longest Overall Striped Bass:

The winner will be based on the longest Striped Bass overall. There will be a winner for both the power boat and kayak division.

*With the exception of kayak anglers, this division is judged by the team.

 

Calcuttas:

  1. Crisfield Slam ($50 per boat team):

This Calcutta is judged by the team. The award will be presented to the team who completes the slam. Required Species: Red Fish, Speckled Trout, Striped bass, Flounder, Bluefish. Kayak anglers may enter this Calcutta as an individual.

*Judging is based on the longest 5 fish stringer. If no one catches all 5 species, whatever team/individual(kayak) caught the most eligible species wins. If more than one team/individual(kayak) has the same number of eligible species, the one with the longest stringer wins.

  1. Fly Fishing ($25):

This Calcutta is judged on an individual basis. The winner will be based on the longest 3 fish stringer. The eligible species are: Red Fish, Speckled Trout, Striped Bass, Bluefish, and Flounder. All 3 fish must be caught on a fly rod and by the same angler to count towards the Fly Fishing Calcutta.

*One award will be presented to the winning angler.

  1. Longest Overall Fish ($25):

This Calcutta is judged on an individual basis. One award will be presented to the individual angler who caught the winning fish. The winner will be based on the longest overall fish in the tournament. Eligible species include Red Fish, Speckled Trout, Striped Bass, Blue Fish, and Flounder.

*One award will be presented to the winning angler.

 

Prizes:

  1. The Power Boat and kayak divisions will have 1st, 2ndand 3rdplace prizes. 1st place will receive $300, 2nd place $200, and 3rd place $100.
  2. The biggest overall Red Fish, Striped Bass, and Speckled Trout divisions are winner take all. The winner for each division receives $300. There will be a Power Boat winner and a kayak winner.
  3. The Rising Tide Division for Kids is a winner takes all division.
  4. All Calcuttas are winner take all.

Huk Red Trout Schedule 2016

Location:  Crisfield American Legion

Address:  126 Lorie C Quinn Sr. Dr, Crisfield, Md, 21817

Date:   September 23rd – 25th, 2016

General Entry Fee: $55/person (This includes one food wristband for Saturday night. Additional wristbands can be bought at the door for $15)

Schedule:

Capt. and Crew Meeting (Sept 23rd):

                Check In/Late Registration:  5:00 – 6:00pm.

Cocktail Hour:  6:00 – 7:00pm.

Dinner Service:  7:00 – 8:00pm.

Meeting:  8:00 – 8:30pm.

 

                *The American Legion will have their bar and restaurant open for food and drinks.

 

 Saturday Schedule (Sept 24th):

                Lines in:  6:00am.

Photo judging starts:  3:00pm.

Lines Out:  5:00pm.

Photo judging ends:  6:00pm.

Lines Out Party Begins:  6:30pm.

Dinner service:  6:30 – 7:30pm.

Announcements:  7:15pm.

Live Auction:  7:30 – 8:30pm

Lines Out Party Ends:  10:00pm

 

                Food/Drink:

There will be a huge Shrimp and Crawfish boil, a whole Pig Roast, and the American Legion will have their kitchen open for those who would like something different. Outside we will have a beer trailer, coolers full of soda and water, and we hope you enjoy the full service bar inside the restaurant.

Sunday Schedule (Sept 25th):

Lines in 6:00am.

Lines out 1:00pm.

Photo entry/Judging 12:00 – 2:00pm.

Lunch 2:30pm

Awards 3:30 – 4:00pm.

 

*The American Legion will have their bar and restaurant open for food and drinks.

 

HUK Red Trout Rules 2016

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Tournament Rules

 

  1. Photo entry: This is a catch and release tournament, all fish must be photographed with a photo indicator and submitted before fishing time ends each day. *ALL PHOTOS MUST BE CLEAR AND READABLE*
  2. The night before fishing, we will announce a photo indicator symbol to draw on your wrist band or hand. The daily indicator symbol must be visible in the photo for the fish to be eligible.
  3. All fish must be measured with an official 2016 CCA measuring stick. Kayak anglers will be permitted to use their hog trough OR the CCA measuring stick.
  4. Photos may be emailed to ccatournaments@gmail.com or you can present them to the judges in person from 3-6pm on Saturday 9/24 and 12-2pm on Sunday 9/25.   All qualifying entries must be recorded on a catch card that is signed by participants and judges on the day the entry is caught.
  5. Tournament officials reserve the right to examine the metadata of any photo image to confirm the validity of a claim. Photos with edited or missing metadata may be disallowed at the official’s discretion.
  6. The largest fish will be determined by length measured from the tip of the snout to the tip of the tail (You may pinch the tail). Put the 2016 measuring stick on the deck of your boat. Lay the fish on the measuring stick. Put the snout on the zero mark (the end of the stick). It helps to jam the measuring stick against a vertical surface to ensure that the zero mark, and the snout of the fish are even. Fish will be measured to the nearest 1/8th of an inch.
  7. In case of a tie, the fish measured first will be the winner.
  8. ALL PRIZE WINNING FISH MUST BE CAUGHT ACCORDING TO MARYLAND FISHING REGULATIONS AND IGFA RULES. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE OF LEGAL SIZE AS PER 2016 FISHING REGULATIONS.
  9. Power boats must leave from the Crisfield area (Somers Cove, Janes Island State Park, Jenkins Creek, or the Small Boat Harbor).
  10. Permitted fishing methods are: Fly fishing, light tackle, trolling, and bait.
    1. Anglers fishing with bait must only use non-offset circle hooks
    2. Anglers trolling are permitted to use no more than 5 total rods.
  11. Rods: Anglers may use no more than two rods at a time (including kayaks). No more than 5 total rods for power boat teams at any given time, regardless of the number of anglers on board.
  12. Protests: A registered angler may protest any other registered angler’s catch by filing a written protest to the tournament committee by 5:00 pm the day it was caught. The judges committee will settle any protest and their decision will be final.
  13. Compliance: Failure to comply with any rule or regulation of the tournament, or law, rule or regulation of Maryland State Fishing Guide, may cause the disqualifications of an angler or the anglers catch. Any registered angler so disqualified shall not be entitled to any prize, award, or entry refund.
  14. Weather: All anglers will fish at their own discretion and at their own risk. If bad weather causes the cancelation of one day of the two days of fishing, the tournaments committee shall be responsible for making the decision.
  15. Indemnity: All anglers will fish at their own risk. All anglers agree to indemnity and hold harmless all members of the Coastal Conservation Association Maryland Tournament Committee, Directors, Sponsors, and their agents and employees from any and all liability, loss or damage they may suffer as a result of this fishing tournament.

Miscellaneous: The tournament committee reserves the right to refuse the registration of any angler. Tournament standings will be posted at the conclusion of each day. Any challenges to the calculations should be made within one half hour of posting. No protests or challenges will be considered after Sunday’s awards presentations

 

 

 

Menhaden Meeting Wednesday 8.3.16

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Anglers call on ASMFC to stay course on menhaden

Managers under pressure to increase harvest of critical forage species

 

This Wednesday, August 3, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) will face a test of its commitment to manage menhaden as a vital forage species when it decides to either increase commercial harvest or stay the stay the course and allow conservation measures to restore menhaden to its full ecological potential. Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) is urging Commissioners to avoid the impacts of “regulatory whiplash” and stay on the schedule previously established for the full restoration of menhaden to its ecological role throughout its range.

“In 2012, the ASMFC made a major decision to manage menhaden as part of an ecosystem rather than as a single species, which was a philosophical sea-change that is a major step forward for improving the marine ecosystem,” said Richen Brame, regional fisheries director for CCA. “It takes time to develop the tools and processes to manage that way, and raising harvest limits now at the first signs of improvement in the population jeopardizes the entire process.”

In a letter to ASMFC commissioners, CCA wrote that any increase in quota in 2017 without an understanding of the impacts to the ecosystem is contrary to the Commission’s commitment to manage menhaden based on its role as forage through Amendment 3.  Furthermore, an increase will go primarily to Virginia and New Jersey, will not address shortages in the other states and in the bait market, and will not sufficiently help those states that are exceeding their small menhaden allocation.

“Any attempt to alter the current allocation formula through an addendum for 2017 presupposes that such a formula could be easily agreed to,” Brame said. “We fear that this unnecessary deviation would further delay implementation of Amendment 3 to the menhaden management plan, which already considers new allocation schemes, but only after the much anticipated socio-economic study is completed.  There simply is no new science to justify a catch increase and there are good reasons to be cautious.”

The ASMFC meeting August 2-4 in Alexandria, Virginia, is open to the public and anglers are encouraged to attend and voice their opinions on managing menhaden as a critical forage species rather than as a feedstock for industrial harvesters. The ASMFC Menhaden Management Board will begin meeting on August 3 at 8 a.m.

CCA Maryland has also submitted a letter directly to Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

View CCA Maryland letter to Maryland DNR

Wilmer Park White Perch Rules

White Perch Tournament Rules

 

Lines in @  6:00 a.m.

Lines out @ 1:00 p.m.

You must be in line for weigh in by 1:30 p.m.

 

Weigh in location:

Wilmer Park Waterfront

Chestertown, MD 21620

 

PRIZES

Kayak

1st, 2nd, 3rd for largest 5 fish total weight

Boat Division

1st, 2nd, 3rd for largest 5 fish total weight

Kids Division (14 and under)

1st Place only for combined length of 3 largest fish

 

ALL PRIZE WINNING FISH MUST BE CAUGHT ACCORDING TO MARYLAND FISHING REGULATIONS.

FISH MUST BE CAUGHT ON A ROD AND REEL WITH ARTIFICIAL LURE OR BAIT

 

SPECIFICS

 

ENTRY FEE IS $50 PER BOAT, $25 SINGLE ANGLER/KAYAK, AND KIDS 14 AND UNDER ARE FREE

WEIGH IN/LINES OUT PARTY TO BEGIN AT 1:00 P.M. ENDS AT 2:30 P.M.

AWARDS CEREMONY BEGINS AT 2:00 P.M.

 

 

White Perch Championship Info

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White Perch Championship Rules

White Perch Tournament Rules

 

Lines in @  5:30 a.m.

Lines out @ 1:00 p.m.

You must be in line for weigh in by 2:00 p.m.

Weigh in location:

Anglers Sport Center
1456 Whitehall Rd
Annapolis, MD 21409

 

PRIZES

Single Angler

1st, 2nd, 3rd for largest 5 fish total weight

Kayak

1st, 2nd, 3rd for largest 5 fish total weight

Boat Division

1st, 2nd, 3rd for largest 5 fish total weight

Kids Division (14 and under)

1st Place only for combined length of 3 largest fish

 

ALL PRIZE WINNING FISH MUST BE CAUGHT ACCORDING TO MARYLAND FISHING REGULATIONS.

FISH MUST BE CAUGHT ON A ROD AND REEL WITH ARTIFICIAL LURE OR BAIT

 

 

SPECIFICS

 

ENTRY FEE IS $50 PER BOAT, $25 SINGLE ANGLER/KAYAK, AND KIDS 14 AND UNDER ARE FREE

WEIGH IN/LINES OUT PARTY TO BEGIN AT 1:30 P.M. ENDS AT 4:30 P.M.

AWARDS CEREMONY BEGINS AT 2:30 P.M.

 

Forage fish need our help

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Contact: David Sikorski, Chairman- Government Relations Committee, davidsikorski@ccamd.org

We have an incredible opportunity in front of us.  Forage fish are the cornerstone of a healthy fishery.  There are many species that are currently unmanaged.  That means that either fisheries exist or could open up with no scientific data to support the removal of the fish.  The amendment detailed below would prohibit the development of new and expansion of existing directed commercial fisheries for unmanaged forage species.  It gives the Mid-Atlantic Council the opportunity to asses the fishery prior to commercial harvest.
CCA Positions and Justifications
Mid-Atlantic Council Unmanaged Forage Fish Omnibus Amendment
Public comment ending 6/17/ 2016
Background and Timing:
The public comment period for the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s (MAFMC)
Unmanaged Forage Fish Omnibus Amendment is under way.
The Goal of the amendment is: “To prohibit the development of new and expansion of
existing directed commercial fisheries on unmanaged forage species in Mid-Atlantic
Federal waters until the Council has had an adequate opportunity to both assess the
scientific information relating to any new or expanded directed fisheries and consider
potential impacts to existing fisheries, fishing communities, and the marine
ecosystem.”
In August 2016, the MAFMC will review public comment on the alternatives they have
developed. This action should protect the marine food web in Mid-Atlantic waters, and ensure
the conservation of many forage species.

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