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Championship on the Chesapeake

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Championship on the Chesapeake

“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
Championship on the Chesapeake

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

Western Shore

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)

Eastern Shore

Kentmorr Marina – Kent Island
Knapps Narrows Marina
Taylors Island Campground
Chapel Cove Marina – (On Slaughter Creek)
Rippons Harbor Marina
Crisfield, MD – Somers Cove Marina

Chesapeake Bay Fall Classic

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Chesapeake Bay Fall Classic

25TH ANNUAL CHESAPEAKE BAY FALL CLASSIC

Register Before November and SAVE $$$
$175 September & October
$200 November

First 50 Captains to Register:
Basic Entry:
–  $25 discount and Long Sleeve T (1)

All-In Entry:
–  $25 discount
–  Tournament long sleeves for crew (4)
–  Tournament Bucket
–  Chance at $300 Shimano Rod and Reel

Chesapeake Bay Fall Classic
*All meeting are from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. (Food & Drink Available)

– Monday, November 17 – BOE Marine – Kent Island
– Tuesday, November 18 – Commodore Hall – Essex
– WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 – ALLTACKLE – ANNAPOLIS
– Thursday, November 20 – Solomons Pier Restaurant – Solomons Island
– Friday – No Capt Meetings
– Saturday & Sunday – Tournament Fishing Days

Main Tournament

1st Place – 50%
2nd Place – 30%
3rd Place – 20%

Tournaments Within Tournament (TWT’s)
$50 TWT – 50%, 30%, 20%
$100 TWT – 50%, 30%, 20%
$150 TWT – 50%, 30%, 20%
$200 TWT (combined 2 heaviest fish) – 50%, 30%, 20%
$300 TWT – One Winner

Youth Angler Club

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Youth Angler Club

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 

Youth Angler Club

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.  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.

Youth Angler Club

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. 

Menhaden Views

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Menhaden Views

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.

Menhaden Views

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.

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