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Martha's Vineyard Surfcasters
Martha's Vineyard
Surfcasters Association
P.O. Box 3053
Edgartown, MA 02539
By dbalon on 8/28/2019 9:39 AM

We recently received this e-mail from the owner of the Windmill house on Chappy. (08/27/19)

“Yesterday, I was delivering supplies to the house, Dave one of my guys was an hour ahead. He ran into one of the Sport Casters (Surfcaster) members who saw a white jeep cut the fence down in a few spots, he told Dave he confronted them...they were not too friendly..and said "we don't care"

I want to thank who ever it was, I appreciate your guys making an effort to keep things friendly between the fishing community and my efforts to keep the area accessible to fishing. There is always one bad apple.

 I think it may be time to adjust the fence line, everyday the access changes due to tides. I will work on it this week. I also will be adding small pieces of reflective tape on the fence posts, I think it will help the fisherman navigate at night.

This kind of behavior by a member of the fishing community on Martha’s Vineyard is unacceptable.

As Matt said, “there is always one bad apple”.  Although one bad apple doesn’t spoil the whole bunch it  does give all of us a bad name and is a black eye for the angling community in general.

Matt is an angler himself and a good guy. He takes a lot of pride in his property and is dedicated to preserving it’s natural beauty. He has worked with us to keep high tide access to the Gut available and he has also agreed to open an area just south of his house for parking during the Derby. He does not have to do this. Please be appreciative by showing respect for him and his property and please, if you see something, say something before we lose total access to the entire area.                 

By dbalon on 8/9/2019 8:38 PM

Arlington, VA - The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board (Board) approved Draft Addendum VI for public comment. The Addendum was initiated in response to the 2018 Benchmark Stock Assessment which indicates the resource is overfished and experiencing overfishing. The Draft Addendum explores a range of management alternatives designed to end overfishing and reduce fishing mortality to the target level in 2020.  

"The Draft Addendum is a critical first step to stem overfishing as quickly as possible and begin efforts to rebuild the biomass," said Board Chair Dr. Michael Armstrong with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries. "Following approval of the Addendum, the Board will likely initiate a new amendment to consider a longer term strategy to fully rebuild the resource." 

The Draft Addendum proposes management options for both commercial and recreational sectors in the ocean and in Chesapeake Bay in order to reduce total fishery removals by 18% relative to 2017 levels. The proposed measures include reduced quotas for commercial fisheries, and changes in bag limits, minimum sizes, and slot size limits for the recreational sector. Since catch and release practices represent a significant component of overall fishing mortality, the Draft Addendum also explores the mandatory use of circle hooks when fishing with bait to reduce release mortality in recreational striped bass fisheries. 

It is anticipated the majority of Atlantic coastal states will conduct public hearings on the Draft Addendum; a subsequent press release will announce the details of those hearings once they become finalized. Fishermen and other interested groups are encouraged to provide input on the Draft Addendum either by attending state public hearings or providing written comment. The Draft Addendum will be available on the Commission website (www.asmfcorg) under Public Input by August 19th. Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 PM (EST) on September 27, 2019 and should be forwarded to Max Appelman, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, 1050 N. Highland St, Suite A-N, Arlington, VA 22201; 703.842.0741 (FAX) or at  (Subject line: Draft Addendum VI). Organizations planning to release an action alert in response to Draft Addendum VI should contact Max Appelman at or 703.842.0740.
By dbalon on 8/5/2019 9:02 AM

If you care about rebuilding our striped bass stocks to provide the great fishing we enjoyed in the early 2000s, please copy this letter, add your own info in place of mine if you wish, and send it to your state ASMFC representatives from the list down below. Please do this immediately. The ASMFC is meeting on these issues on Thursday August 8. Even if you only send to one of the reps, it will be helpful but we need EVERYONE to participate in order to ensure we are successful. NUMBERS COUNT!! Let’s not let them squander our fishery any further. 


Science has indicated that Striped Bass are overfished and overfishing is occurring.  

Amendment 6 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass requires the ASMFC to reduce fishing mortality to a level at or below the target within one year, and to rebuild those stocks within 10 years. We hope that you will act accordingly and in good faith by fulfilling your  responsibilities. I am angry that the ASMFC has failed to act before we found ourselves in our current position and I am frustrated by the ASMFC’s lack of accountability and failure to act in accordance with their mission and legal responsibilities. 

I ask that you move to initiate or support an addendum to the Atlantic Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan to address these issues. We need to end overfishing and rebuild the stocks within ten years and we need to protect the strong Young of Year classes as they grown to sexual maturity and beyond. 

I am strongly against lowering the target and numbers through a proposed addendum process to allow a smaller population of striped bass in our waters. We had sufficient numbers and wonderful fishing after striped bass stocks were declared rebuilt in the early 90’s and there is no biological reason why we can’t enjoy the high numbers of the early 2000’s again. A restored recreational fishery would greatly benefit the economy through increased tackle sales, guided fishing and head boat trips, as well as the hospitality and tourism industry and a myriad of other businesses including the hundreds of small lure and tackle manufacturers. Lowering the bar on our striper stocks would obviously have an inverse affect on the economy.

Finally, I find it impossible to accept a plan as proposed that has only a 50% chance of success. That is another way of saying it has a 50% chance of failure. Not sure about you but I would not cross a bridge if I knew in advance I only had a 50 % chance of making it to the other side.   

The ASMFC’s lack of effective action over the last several years has led us to our current sad state of affairs and I personally am appalled by proposals to lower the target and threshold numbers that were set to trigger action and rebuild our fishery. I ask you to think deeply about this and act in accordance with the law, the mission of the ASMFC and your duty to the recreational and commercial fishermen in the state of Massachusetts and the entire Striper coast. 



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