MONTI: On reports on fish stocks, climate impacts, need for more NOAA funding | Local sports

The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration released its annual report to Congress on the state of the US fisheries and its 2019 report on the US fisheries – you could say its annual NOAA newsletter.

Over 40 years of managing our country’s fisheries under the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act has positioned our country, and NOAA Fisheries, as a world leader in sustainable fisheries management.

The success of our fisheries is due to the strong conservation measures of our federal fishing laws by the MSA, such as harvest quotas, size limits, recovery times, fisheries accountability measures and others. management measures.

Today, the impacts of climate change such as warming water and the movement of fish stocks it has created, ocean acidification and habitat degradation add great complexity to the mix. More frequent fish surveys, stock assessments and new and better research methods are needed to identify what is happening to fish stocks. Have the fish stocks been moved? Are they depleted, overfished or is there overfishing?

Increased NOAA funding is needed due to climate impacts to help determine the changing state of fish stocks.

“More than 90 percent of the stocks are not subject to overfishing and 80 percent are not overfished,” NOAA said in a press release. “The number of stocks on the overfishing list and the overfishing list has increased slightly, with 26 stocks on the overfishing list and 49 stocks on the overfishing list; and the status of six previously unknown stocks was determined through new stock assessments for the first time.

For links to the 2020 Stock Status Report and 2019 U.S. Fisheries Report, visit

Striped bass bites hot

Striped bass fishing will continue to be hot this week as anglers catch fish of all sizes.

“A 21 pound striper exploded on my west tide surface plug in the channel on Monday morning, but did not bite, so I continued to work the lure until the fish came back for another shot. and hangs on seconds later, “Cape Cod says Eddie Doherty, canal fishing expert and author, East End. “The 39-inch lineider fell in love with a Canal Special aquamarine produced by Gibbs Lures, the legendary local company in Cumberland, RI.”

Atlantic menhaden (poggies) are in abundance here in bays and estuaries.

“There are a lot of poggies (atlantic menhaden) around to catch bait,” angler Carol LaFrance said last week.

LaFrance and her husband Doug caught large striped bass up to 44 inches on their boat in the eastern passage of Narragansett Bay. Additionally, we have worm outbreaks happening in creeks and estuaries which is also creating a feeding frenzy for this striped bass delicacy.

Next week, watch for popular strategies anglers use to catch striped bass.

DEM will host programs for youth, adults and families

The Fisheries and Wildlife Division of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management will be running a variety of programs this summer, from days of fishing, quahog and archery lessons to education of hunters and virtual wildlife conservation programs.

DEM’s Fish and Wildlife Awareness Team has put together a menu of summer programs for aspiring and avid outdoor enthusiasts and their families. Most of the programs offered this summer are free and suitable for families.

Where’s the bite?

Striped bass / blue fish: Angler John Brierley said Thursday: “Launched from Tempest Knob, Wareham. We did a few casts at Little Baby Beach with no takers but definitely some fish feeding on the surface. I saw a few breaks as I dropped my bow. Small. So we continued on to Mashnee Flats, then the rip south of Hog Island. We were robbed twice by blue fish that were over five pounds as they easily cut our mono leaders. Elisa Cahill of Snug Harbor Marina, South Kingstown, said: “The striped bass bite at Block Island North Rip and south of the island has been good. The trolling and trolling tube and worm seem to work for anglers. And, in creeks and estuaries, we have worm outbreaks happening all over the place and some keepers are caught there as well. “We had about 30 boats fishing the upper Providence River on Saturday morning. Most hung up poggies and put them down. Anglers used clams and worms with success. A customer caught a 42-inch striped bass from the shore at Kettle Point this weekend. And now we also have good sized blue fish that are caught in the river. Said John Littlefield of Archie’s Bait & Tackle, Riverside. Dave Henault of Ocean State Tackle, Providence said: “Billy Silvia, a commercial fisherman from Bristol, RI, caught a 56 pound striped bass last Thursday while fishing in the East Passage with chucks. Guardian sized fish in the slot from 28 to under 35 inches and larger fish are caught from Bristol to the Providence River. “

Tautog’s spring season ended in Rhode Island on May 31. The season is still open in Massachusetts for a fish.

Langoustine / black sea bass: “Scup fishing in the east passage of Narragansett Bay has been good as far as Colt State Park, Bristol and off Barrington, but the scup bite has not been strong any further. north upstream of the river. ” Littlefield said. The black bass season is still closed in Rhode Island. “Customers go to Buzzards Bay to fish for scup and bass as the season is open and bass fishing is good.” said Hénault.

Squeteague (weak fish): The squeteague bite continues to be strong in Greenwich Bay. “It was the best spring squeteague season in many years, the pink and green metallic lures work well,” said Henault. Rhode Island’s low fish limit is one fish / person / day, minimum size 18 inches.

“The summer plaice (fluke) bite has been good along the south coast off the beaches in about 30 feet of water with the bite on the southeast side of Block Island – good also in about 70 feet of water. ‘water.” Cahill said.

Dave Monti holds a captain’s license and a charter fishing license. He sits on various boards and commissions and owns a consulting business focused on ocean cleanliness, habitat preservation, conservation, renewable energy, and fisheries issues and clients. Send fishing news and photos to [email protected] or visit

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