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When in doubt (or guilty of failure)- Predation

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    Posted: 21 September 2020 at 4:55pm

When in doubt, or more than likely 100% guilty of failure to manage, pull out the old predation theory card.  It worked with Gray Trout- right?

Fishery scientists aren’t sure why that is happening, but they think young shad might be being eaten by the region’s rising numbers of invasive species, such as blue catfish and snakeheads.

The American shad’s Atlantic population remains at a historic low, despite longstanding commercial fishing bans in several states and millions of dollars invested in restoring the fish’s habitat.  That sober news comes from the most comprehensive survey yet of the species’ status on the East Coast and the first of any kind in 13 years. The sprawling assessment by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission designates the shad population as “depleted” from Maine to Florida.


...and NC "forages" ahead because "we're different" and declared "sustainable" by the ASMFC.

with three being declared as unsustainable (the Connecticut, Delaware and Potomac) and five as sustainable (the Hudson, Rappahannock, York and Neuse as well as Albemarle Sound).

...BUT...

Ask the Ambemarle Sound/Roanoke River striped bass population that is overfished with overfishing occcuring how that "sustainable" shad fishery is going for them.  Same for the CSMA stock.

...for those with insomnia- 1188 pages 




Edited by Rick - 21 September 2020 at 4:56pm
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Are they still blaming the stripers for low crab numbers? Should have learned when stripers crashed in 80s
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Originally posted by TomM TomM wrote:

Are they still blaming the stripers for low crab numbers? Should have learned when stripers crashed in 80s
 


To a degree...the bogeyfish today is red drum.

Some of the commercial fishing "brain trust" talking points-


Direct links to the videos below:

Pam Morris on Red Drum being a scourge-

Ken Seigler on why the best use of Red Drum is in hot grease-

Brent Fulcher on how killing billions of juvenile species as bycatch in the trawl fishery benefits crabs and why we should be killing more red drum and striped bass to benefit crabs-








Edited by Rick - 24 September 2020 at 10:28am
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