“JOIN THE WORLD’S LARGEST STRIPED BASS TOURNAMENT” It Pays to Register Early!
Entry Fees January & February $225 (Members); $250 (Non Members) March & April $275 (Members); $300 (Non Members) First 100 to Register – FREE Tournament TShirt – FREE Tournament Bucket – Donated Sponsor Merchandise – ALL-IN Registrations will receive 4 FREE Tournament Shirts Fishing Shows & Boat Shows – Enter at a MSSA Chapter fishing show or Boat show where MSSA booth is, and get a FREE entry into the $50 TWT
Thursday, April 21 – Island Tackle Outfitters – Kent Island Monday, April 25 – Commodore Hall – Essex Tuesday, April 26 – Alltackle – Annapolis Wednesday, April 27 – The Lighthouse Restaurant – Solomons Island Thursday, April 28 – Rod N Reel – Chesapeake Beach
Sandy Point State Park – (next to the boat ramps by the restrooms) Herrington Harbor – Deale, MD Rod N Reel Docks – Chesapeake Beach, MD Breezy Point Marina – (in front of Marina store) Calvert Marina – Solomons, MD Point Lookout State Park – (next to cleaning station and boat ramps)
Kentmorr Marina – Kent Island Knapps Narrows Marina Taylors Island Campground Chapel Cove Marina – (On Slaughter Creek) Rippons Harbor Marina Crisfield, MD – Somers Cove Marina
Working to Increase, Foster, and Sustain Youth Fishing Participation
The MSSA Youth Angler Club is building upon the MSSA’s long history of protecting and preserving the rights, traditions, and future of recreational anglers. The MSSA believes educating our youth is a critical part of this mission, hence the creation of the MSSA Youth Angler Club
Youth Fishing Seminar Series
The Youth Fishing Seminar Series is designed to engage youth anglers interested in learning about fishing techniques, methods, biology, conservation, and more. The seminars are open to the public and will be held at Alltackle in Annapolis on the Western Shore, Ake Marine on the Eastern Shore, or at various locations throughout the state as there will be several field trips.
Youth Angler of the Year
The Youth Angler of the Year contest was designed to get kids on the water, but with the growing pandemic they are advised to self test Covid by rapid antigen test kits. In 2013 it did just that! There were over 55 youth anglers who participated and over 1,000 entries submitted via email. The Youth Angler of the Year contest begins April 19 (Opening Day – Striped Bass) and ends mid December (Close Date – Striped Bass). Youth anglers will receive points for catching and/or releasing fish, receiving state citations, state/world records, and entering/registering for MSSA events.
MSSA Chapter Youth & Family Fishing Events:
The MSSA has 14 chapters statewide, including one in Pennsylvania, that are committed to providing fishing activities for our youth and their families. Providing these opportunities is critical to protecting the future of sportfishing. If you are interested in learning more about your local chapter youth and family events, visit our Chapters page where you will find the contact information for all Chapter Presidents.
The Menhaden Muddle Series is a collection of writings by Charlie Hutchinson, member of the Dorchester County chapter of the MSSA. Charlie began writing a series of articles designed to gain attention and put an end to the devastation of the atlantic menhaden by the reduction fishery. Charlie has published many of these articles and several more in local and state papers. Charlie is MSSA’s lead on the menhaden issue and the menhaden muddle series explains the MSSA’s position as well as what needs to be done to restore and sustain a healthy menhaden fishery.
Menhaden Muddle #31
MORE VIEWPOINTS ON MENHADEN ECONOMICS
The VIMS economic study contains a lot of interesting information. While this study concerns itself only with the Chesapeake Bay region, the information regarding jobs and economic impacts provides a basis of comparison of relative values of different areas affected by menhaden regulatory decisions. For example, the economic value of the menhaden reduction operation to the Bay area in 2008 amounted to $88,200,000. Of this total $60,000,000 were direct (Omega’s sales) and the balance is indirect (ie. other business created by Omegas operations). The employment totals are 519 menhaden related jobs of which Omega’s share is 300 during peak season. A competing activity for menhaden is recreational fishing. These activities had an economic impact in Virginia and Maryland alone of $332,000,000 and provided 3500 jobs in 2008. Anecdotal information indicates trouble in this area. Charter operations in particular report business is off as catches decline and costs increase. In a broad sense both activities are competing for the same depleted resource. While the study addresses the results of reduced harvests in the reduction industry it does not offer any insights on the impact of reduced availability in either the bait industry or in the recreational fishing activities. The sheer number of jobs involved would suggest that the economic penalty for a decreasing stock will fall much more heavily on activities outside of the reduction industry. Note the sharp differences in employment where Omega’s very efficient operations require far fewer people per dollar of economic impact. So, if jobs are important, one needs to consider which areas should bear what portion of the proposed reduction in catch.
One of the more challenging issues brought forth by the study is the “value” portion of this study. How does one resolve the difference in public opinion as portrayed in the VIMS report and the results of ASMFC’s public hearings and commentary? The VIMS study seeks to determine whether the value of fish left in the water is greater or less than jobs at the reduction facility. The study conclusion is that the public places a higher value on jobs and a status quo regulatory posture. In stark contrast the public hearings generated some 90,000 written comments overwhelmingly favoring curtailment of the harvest to a degree greater than the new limits provide. Obviously these two solicitations for public viewpoint are diametrically opposed. How come?
My opinion is that there was a more educated response on the part of those who took the time and effort to reply to ASMFC. The study sought to eliminate bias. In order to do this (and it’s very difficult) minimal information was furnished to the VIMS study respondents. Consequently, those interviewed were likely to know very little about the menhaden situation and its potential ramifications on the ecology or the economy. The questions utilized are enumerated in the study. When one is asked to choose between jobs and abundance of a fish we don’t even eat in today’s economy and high unemployment the answer is a no brainer. Had the respondents known a lot more about the ecological and economic consequences of a declining stock the answers likely would be quite different. While economists feel these value studies are a good way to figure out what is most important to the public, my personal opinion is that they are way too subjective and it is extremely difficult to determine what the public wants. No surprise then that my preference is to follow the money. In a capitalistic economy the dollar usually determines policy and resultant regulatory action.
The MSSA is Working to Provide A Unified Voice to Preserve and Protect the Rights, Traditions and the Future of Recreational Fishing
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