Category Archives: Conservation

Beach Access: Second Site Visit on June 30, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Information comes from the

Newburyport Dune Restoration and Beach Access Improvement Project

The Project Team invites you to attend our second site visit to the north end of Plum Island on June 30th at 1pm. Thanks to funding from the MA Office of Coastal Zone Management and support from MA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, lots of work has occurred over the past several months to support this natural resource, enhance user experience, and protect public safety. This is your opportunity to see the work firsthand, ask questions, and provide feedback!

We have this information from the town of Newburyport:
“Regarding the site visit, we hope to lead a tour of the area in late June so folks can see the mobi-mats, signs, and beach access trail maps we’re creating. We’ll be available to answer questions in person and talk about the work that has occurred, the process we followed, and potential next steps”.

It is important that members of the fishing community attend and present our point of view.  Please make an effort to attend if you fish this area.

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Beach Access Public Meeting and Site Visit: 1:00 pm, June 30, 2017

BEACH ACCESS

The beach at the north end of Plum Island is being impacted by erosion of the river side of the south jetty and erosion control efforts are underway.  Some trails for accessing the waterfront will have to be closed off.  Another site visit is scheduled for 1 pm on June 30th.  We have this information from the town of Newburyport:
“Regarding the site visit, we hope to lead a tour of the area in late June so folks can see the mobi-mats, signs, and beach access trail maps we’re creating. We’ll be available to answer questions in person and talk about the work that has occurred, the process we followed, and potential next steps”.

It is important that members of the fishing community attend and present our point of view.  Please make an effort to attend if you fish this area.

Georgette Henrich ~ President

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Rocks Village Cleanup 2017

On a beautiful Sunday morning, a group of fishermen gathered in West Newbury to clean up the Rocks Village shoreline along the Merrimack River. About 20 people showed up, eager to clean up this great fishing spot for shad and stripers. By 8:40 a.m. more than a dozen large bags of trash as well as some larger items were picked up waiting to be hauled off.  A great team effort.

 

I want to thank everyone who showed up to help out. Many club members were there as well as some prospective members. I especially want to thank Eric Roach for organizing this project and for taking the lead every year. His strong commitment to the environment shows everyone that he is not only a fishermen, but a steward trying to preserve what little fishing areas are left. I would also like to thank the Home Depot and Lowes home improvement stores for donating the trash bags.

Just a reminder that when you go out and take something with you it is usually lighter coming back. And if you see trash when you leave, please pick it up. In the Girl Scouts we have a motto: “Girl Scouts always leave a place better than they found it.” I would like to see that motto used when we fishermen go out and fish. Thank you.

Tight lines,
Georgette

P.S.  Please bear in mind that there is poison ivy in this area.  Your webmaster once did a good deed by removing a long section of fishing line tangled in some weeds–and got quite a rash from it!

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The Sportfish Angler Data Collection Team

As part of the Atlantic coastwide effort to manage and conserve striped bass, each year the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (MarineFisheries) provides the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) with size, age, and catch data. In 2002 to increase the information provided to ASMFC, MarineFisheries initiated the Sportfish Angler Data Collection Team (SADCT) program, in which anglers collect biological samples from striped bass. Due to the success of the program, in 2013 MarineFisheries expanded the program to include black sea bass, summer flounder (fluke), and scup.

Anglers who join the SADCT program are asked to follow simple sampling protocols to collect biological data. Anglers record length measurements, date of catch, general location of catch, and collect scale samples. MarineFisheries requests that participants obtain random samples from the targeted species on both kept and released fish of all sizes throughout the sampling season (May-October).

Scale collection is very important, because much like trees, scales lay down rings (annuli) that can be used in age determination. Age determination along with length data collected by SADCT anglers can be used in stock assessment models. Information from these models can help determine which age classes are experiencing the highest fishing mortality, track growth of the overall stock, and facilitate proper management of that species in the state of Massachusetts.

To date over 26,000 samples have been collected thanks to the efforts of dedicated SADCT volunteers. Members of the Plum Island Surfcasters as a whole have provided the SADCT program with well over a thousand samples. Many members of the Plum Island Surfcasters have been with the program since 2002, and have provided hundreds of samples personally. Without the cooperation and dedication of volunteer recreational anglers such as you this program would not be as successful as it is today!

The Sportfish Angler Data Collection Team provides a means for interested and dedicated anglers to help study the resource they enjoy. Anglers who are interested in the preservation and management of recreationally important finfish species can join the SADCT team by contacting Kimberly Trull at the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries 978.282.0308 x130 or by emailing kimberly.trull@state.ma.us. Anglers who participate receive a hat after their first year of sampling along with an individual report summarizing what they caught, and a chance to enter into a raffle. Winners of the raffle will be drawn in April after all of the samples have been processed and sent out with the reports and other freebies I have on hand!

—Kimberly Trull

Kimberly visited Plum Island Surfcasters on Tuesday, May 17th, 2016, to describe the program. You can watch her presentation below:

Her presentation covered all the information you need on how to participate. Audio starts around the 1 minute mark on this video.

Interested anglers measure the length of a fish, collect several scales (even catch and release fish can be sampled), record the species of fish, and note the area where caught. Scales and information are sent to Marine Fisheries to use in determining the age of each fish. Watch the video for all the details and find out how long it takes those fish to reach legal “keeper” size.

 

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