Environment

Menhaden regulations thrown a curveball

Menhaden regulations thrown a curveball

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission on Tuesday made changes to the menhaden reduction fishery for the Chesapeake Bay and along the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. But they weren’t what fisheries division staff recommended – a rarity. A battle waged by the recreational fishing industry for decades, the changes went from being a big step for the effort to one that holds…

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It might not be a whale of a good time

It might not be a whale of a good time

Ever been on one of the whale-watching trips out of Rudee Inlet? Seeing whales in the wild truly is a thing to behold, a marvel of Mother Nature that’s hard to fathom unless witnessed in person. Whales always have tugged at the hearts of humans for a variety of reasons. They’ve also helped feed people for centuries. Whale hunting along…

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A mariner’s worst nightmare

A mariner’s worst nightmare

Johnny Savage was just hours into another embarkment of fun and fishing out of Isla Mujeres, the famed Island of Women just off the Mexican coast of Cancun. He was mating for Capt. Eric Bingham on the private vessel Anhinga, a beautiful Jim Smith-built 56-footer. Seas were tailing and light, things looked as though it would be a smooth transition…

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It was a hair-raising experience

It was a hair-raising experience

Had an amazing opportunity recently to tour Back Bay for several hours to witness the bay’s comeback. Got a couple of bass while doing a shock survey with Chad Boyce of the state game department. Lifelong friend Harvey Caldwell was along for the ride to witness for the first time in ages how the second home of our youth was…

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The bay’s little, oily fish continues to be a huge issue

The bay’s little, oily fish continues to be a huge issue

Much has been written over the years about the lowliest and arguably most important fish swimming. Menhaden. For years, bunker (as these small oily fish also are known) was the only species controlled in Virginia by the General Assembly. That’s been fixed, as fisheries managers at the Virginia Marine Resources Commission now implement regulations based on federal mandates. While that…

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