Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 2/22, 23 & 24 - Tog - 6 to 4 - $125.00 - 12 Sells Out.
I thought it odd that a few dedicated toggers, men I used to respect, would leave the rail in a hot bite to take a picture, "Take Video While I Have Him On!" ..and up would come a small.
As management concentrates intently on disreputable recreational data,
It would be perfectly legal for all trawl effort between North Carolina & Massachusetts to congregate on the Long Island stock of fluke--or any other eco-region's fish population, as it winters offshore. Each state's fleet could legally trawl-up their entire quota in one small geographic area. The scup, sea bass, squid; whatever bycatch occurred that they had no permit for, could legally be shoveled back dead with no penalty on either species future quotas.
Habitat fidelity must be factored into quota management. Fantastic spikes of industrial effort on regional populations of fish must be controlled.
Recreational regulations are created in large part from catch estimate data. Management has yet to fathom that before need of reef-fish regulation can arise, there must be reef; That without reef's presence there is no need of reef-fishery regulation: That because we do, in fact, have many regulations on reef species, and because stern-towed fishing gears are recognized around the world to cause temporary or permanent loss of reef-like habitats: These various emergent reef ecologies must play an important role in fishery restoration.
I believe failure to discover our various reef ecologies may lead to the closing of NOAA's Sandy Hook Lab: Who needs a Mid-Atlantic Marine Ecology Facility when the seafloor is is all sand & mud?
We didn't used to have a year round tog fishery in Maryland. Sure, a couple guys would fill trash cans from a few pieces, with clients aboard we pounded them into the stone-age with no limits, you could call it pulse fishing with pulses of effort..
Self-management beginning in 1984, then real regulation in 1998 combined with extensive habitat construction beginning in 1989: These efforts have created the fishery we enjoy today..