Essential Alligator Gar Research Underway in Oklahoma

By Craig Springer, USFWS Lake Texoma lies over the Texas – Oklahoma state line. This boundary water is enormous. Denison Dam backs up the Red and Washita rivers for miles. The swollen arms of several tributary streams form massive lake coves that shoulder into the main water body. Consequently, there is much open water and…

The Future of the Sportfish Restoration Fund

By Guest blogger, Patrick O’Rourke Few of us in the field of fisheries don’t owe some sort of debt to the Sportfish Restoration (SFR) Fund for where we are today.  Whether we grew interested in the field because of resources managed by SFR dollars, completed projects in school funded by SFR, or, like me, got…

Gila Trout: A Native Trout Conservation Story

Plip. That’s the sound of a barbless beadhead nymph falling into a glassy glide of Mineral Creek, a headwater stream of the Gila River in southwest New Mexico.  There’s a short drift over a stony run, barely time to mend your line. Then follows that transmutation of fish flesh to your forearm—the taut tug of…

Red Tide

Karenia brevis is the scientific name for a single-celled marine dinoflagellate known for its toxicity, which can manifest in high concentrations as a “red tide.” This dinoflagellate and the red tides that it produces are not new. Ocean waters are home to many dinoflagellates and other types of plankton. The problem arises when populations become…

Reauthorizing the Magnuson Stevens Act

In 1976, Congress passed the Magnuson-Stevens Act (Magnuson–Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act). The Act originally focused on zoning and controlling territorial waters, and establishing regional councils to manage fish stocks, among other things. The Act has been reauthorized a several times and has generally been viewed as a bipartisan success story. Many fish stocks have…

NOAA’s Status of Stocks

Last week NOAA Fisheries announced the status of the fish stocks in the US and reported the lowest ever number of stocks on the overfished list. The 2017 Report can be found here. Recalled that the overfished status refers to the biomass of the stock being too low, and the overfishing status refers to the…

Commercial Fisheries of the Great Lakes

When you think about commercial fishing in the US, you probably think about walleye pollock, sardines, and menhaden. What most of us don’t think about are the commercial fisheries that historically and currently take place in the Great Lakes. In the past several decades over 50 species have been represented in the Great Lakes commercial…

The Rise of Fishing Apps

For the past decade, most of us have come to spend a lot of time with our smartphones. We check them first thing in the morning for any overnight messages and then proceed throughout the day swiping every which way through the apps we have let into our lives. And as apps have completely infiltrated our…

Fishery Regulations

Regulations—we hear that word more and more recently, and it means a lot of things to a lot of different people and industries. Fishing—both commercial and recreational—is no different. Fishes are a public resource that if left unregulated would not be the sustainable resource that they can be. Many fisheries do, in fact, suffer from…