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CONSERVATION ARTICLES BY CAPT. JOHN MCMURRAY
Capt. John McMurray's "3rd" and related career is that of a freelance writer. McMurray has written well over 100-acticles on fishing and marine fisheries conservation. He has become a well known and well respected outdoor writer over the years. In 2006 he won the Coastal Conservation Association New York Friend of Fisheries Conservation award (click here to see press release).
John writes the Resource Column for Flyfishing in Saltwaters and for 6 years wrote the NY/NJ Fishwire at Reel-Time.com. He is a regular contributor to Saltwater Sportsman, Sportfishing, Shallow Water Angler, FLW Saltwater and the L.I. Fisherman and has had feature articles and/or photography published in Saltwater Flyfishing, Tide Magazine, Nor’east Saltwater, Newsday and the New York Times. Below is a sampling of McMurray's fisheries conservation articles. To see McMurray's feature articles click here: (McMurray's Feature Articles)
Is spearfishing the blood sport we think it is?
Offshore wind power — the good, the bad and what it means for us
Will the well-known tarpon destination sell its soul?
A CHANGING WORLD
How will we respond to rising sea levels and a climate in flux?
Will the New England Ground Fishery get bailed out after years of overfishing?
RIVER HERRING RESCUE
Recent Council action may signal a turning point
A new report tells us everything we already knew, and managers will still drag their feet
REPORT YOUR BLUEFIN!
The failure to report your catch hurts us all
IT’S THE DATA, STUPID
Current “fixes” to Magnuson don’t address the real problem
THE BEST SAILFISH FISHING
IN 75 YEARS
How one conservation-minded club helped create a world-class fishery
Despite public perception, in most cases it’s working
Improper use of high tech go-anywhere watercraft may be destroying Texas’ extraordinary flats fishery
THE FUTURE OF STRIPED BASS
Where we go from here will profoundly affect the flyfishing industry in the Mid Atlantic and Northeast
PAY NOW, OR PAY LATER
States choosing to bypass saltwater licensing programs may be in hot water
TAKING THE BAIT
Without aggressive sustained participation from recreational fishermen we may be in trouble
TROUBLE IN EDEN
Shark finning in the Bahamas could destroy its extraordinary fisheries
Can we justifiably target a depleted species?
If property constructed, catch shares can benefit both commercial and recreational fisheries
Three months of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico… Now what?
Shortsighted Commissioners at ASMFC move toward increasing commercial harvest
And what we can do to help
On paper, the stock is healthy, but anglers know something is wrong
Managers fall short of instituting a complete ban as stocks hit low point
BANNING TRADE TO SAVE
A CITIES listing may be the species only hope
President Obama’s pick to head NOAA could mean big changes in the way we manage fisheries
Low-Value, High-Volume Forage Fisheries Profit Few While Placing Ecosystems at Risk
Anglers are suffering from high fuel prices, but is offshore drilling the answer?
Due to declining stocks and the real threat of extinction, we need a moratorium
2007 benchmark stock assessment concluded that the striped bass resource is in great shape, but is it?
Comparing striped bass and summer flounder management tells us a lot
Are economic incentives for conservation the answer?
Did Striped Bass and Red Drum Catch a Break?
The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
Eat Smart and Ease The Strain on Wild Stocks
Throwing it all away
How your tax dollars contribute to overfishing
Why you catch only small fish
The Magnuson Stevens Act Reauthorization
Conflicts of Interest in the Councils Have the Potential to Destroy our Fisheries
Is using light-tackle and fly-gear morally defensible?
This small, flat fish could change the way we manage our marine resources
If you're not a member yet, you should be
An abundance of school bluefin in 2005 means no school bluefin in 2006
Atlantic stocks continue to decline, but there is hope
To saltwater fly-rodders in the Northeast striped bass are undoubtedly the most important quarry. That's why many of us raised our eyebrows back in the fall of 2004...
More bad news for salmon and steelhead in the Pacific Northwest
Is it beach replenishment or beach destruction?
How to help fisheries conservation by watching what you eat
The accuracy of recreational fishing statistics
An investigation into saltwater recreational licenses
Opening federal waters up to striped bass fishing is a bad idea
Will the proposed Amendment 6 help return big stripers to the fishery?
Why it isn't a game fish... Yet.
Politics Trumps Science and the Law in the Northwest
Decision 2004 And You
The 2004 Presidential race could mean significant change in recreational fishing policies.
No easy answers in the Debate over No-Fishing Zones
FOR THE RIGHT REASONS
An honest look at why striped bass is not yet a gamefish
Bluefin Tuna: Why isn't anyone listening to Dr. Barbara Block?
Fisheries Management is about to get a lot more accurate
Will a buyout of permits and boats from commercial groundfishermen give relief to northeast fish stocks?
The foundation of the marine ecosystem needs protection
New York regulators implement "emergency" increases of the daily limits for bluefish and striped bass.
How a small flatfish may change our management priorities
Overfishing is no Fluke
A follow-up to Fluke and the Fate of Overfishing
The controversy surrounding “flexibility” in the nation’s fishery management law.