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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)

Eating our Future Op-Ed

 

Newsday.com: Long Island News, Sports, Entertainment

Enforce the Ban on Striped Bass!

 

DEEP DIVING
Is spearfishing the blood sport we think it is?

BLOWHARD
Offshore wind power — the good, the bad and what it means for us

KEY WEST AT A CROSSROADS

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?

OF OVERFISHING, TAX DOLLARS AND DISASTER RELIEF

Will the New England Ground Fishery get bailed out after years of overfishing?

RIVER HERRING RESCUE
Recent Council action may signal a turning point

FORAGE AND THE "DUH" FACTOR

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

IN DEFENSE OF FISHERIES MANAGEMENT

Despite public perception, in most cases it’s working

BURNED!
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

A MATTER OF CONSCIENCE

Can we justifiably target a depleted species?

CATCH SHARE CONCERNS

If property constructed, catch shares can benefit both commercial and recreational fisheries

OIL AND WATER

Three months of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico… Now what?

FOR STRIPED BASS, TIME TO RALLY THE TROOPS

Shortsighted Commissioners at ASMFC move toward increasing commercial harvest

THE TRUTH ABOUT CATCH AND RELEASE MORTALITY

And what we can do to help

STRIPED BASS QUANDARY

On paper, the stock is healthy, but anglers know something is wrong

WEAKFISH STOCK WEAK

Managers fall short of instituting a complete ban as stocks hit low point

BANNING TRADE TO SAVE BLUEFIN
A CITIES listing may be the species only hope

River Herring HERESY
Managers aren’t doing enough to save a historically important forage fish
DISAPPEARING ACT
After decades of human interference, Louisiana’s marshes are in deep trouble

GETTING IT RIGHT ON DOLPHIN
Tagging fish to get ahead of the curve
Sea Change at NOAA

President Obama’s pick to head NOAA could mean big changes in the way we manage fisheries

Forage Crisis

Low-Value, High-Volume Forage Fisheries Profit Few While Placing Ecosystems at Risk

To Drill or Not to Drill

Anglers are suffering from high fuel prices, but is offshore drilling the answer?

Bluefin Dilemma

Due to declining stocks and the real threat of extinction, we need a moratorium

2008, Status of the Striper:

2007 benchmark stock assessment concluded that the striped bass resource is in great shape, but is it?

The Precautionary Principle and Hard Lessons Learned

Comparing striped bass and summer flounder management tells us a lot

Addressing Chronic Overfishing

Are economic incentives for conservation the answer?

The Great Decider Decides

Did Striped Bass and Red Drum Catch a Break?

Catch and Release Tournaments

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Sustainable Fisheries

Eat Smart and Ease The Strain on Wild Stocks
Throwing it all away

How your tax dollars contribute to overfishing

The Evolutionary Effects of Size Limits

Why you catch only small fish

Good News For Fish...  Finally!

The Magnuson Stevens Act Reauthorization

Fisheries Management for Dummies

Conflicts of Interest in the Councils Have the Potential to Destroy our Fisheries

The Ethics of Light Tackle Angling

Is using light-tackle and fly-gear morally defensible? 

Risking it all on a Fluke

This small, flat fish could change the way we manage our marine resources

In Support of CCA

If you're not a member yet, you should be

Following up on Bluefin

An abundance of school bluefin in 2005 means no school bluefin in 2006

What's Up With Bluefin

Atlantic stocks continue to decline, but there is hope

Striped Bass in Good Shape?

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...

Friday Night Dump

More bad news for salmon and steelhead in the Pacific Northwest

Sand Trap

Is it beach replenishment or beach destruction?

Choose Your Seafood Wisely

How to help fisheries conservation by watching what you eat

A Numbers Game

The accuracy of recreational fishing statistics

To Pay or Not to Pay

An investigation into saltwater recreational licenses

Much Ado about the EEZ

Opening federal waters up to striped bass fishing is a bad idea

Bring Back the Big Bass

Will the proposed Amendment 6 help return big stripers to the fishery?

Striped Bass...  A Game Fish?

Why it isn't a game fish...  Yet.

The Great Salmon Debacle

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.

The Real Story on Marine Protected Areas

No easy answers in the Debate over No-Fishing Zones

 

Salt Water Sportsman

GAMEFISH, BUT FOR THE RIGHT REASONS
An honest look at why striped bass is not yet a gamefish

Tuna Blues

Bluefin Tuna: Why isn't anyone listening to Dr. Barbara Block?

One Fish, Two Fish

Fisheries Management is about to get a lot more accurate

Commercial Break

Will a buyout of permits and boats from commercial groundfishermen give relief to northeast fish stocks?

Save the Marsh

The foundation of the marine ecosystem needs protection

Too Many Fish?

New York regulators implement "emergency" increases of the daily limits for bluefish and striped bass.

 

 

 

Fluke and the Fate of Fishing

How a small flatfish may change our management priorities

Overfishing is no Fluke
A follow-up to Fluke and the Fate of Overfishing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Floundering Over Fluke

The controversy surrounding “flexibility” in the nation’s fishery management law.