MONTI: NOAA seeks comment on US conservation initiative | Local sports


Last week, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced two public listening sessions to gather feedback on ways to advance the goals outlined in the “Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful” report (see link below below). The public comment period will be open for 60 days, until December 28.

On January 27, President Biden issued an executive order on “Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad.” The ordinance directed the Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Commerce, the President of the Environmental Quality Council (CEQ) and heads of other relevant agencies to produce a report for the National Climate Task. A force that recommends measures to conserve at least 30 percent of the land and waters of the United States by 2030. It also called on NOAA to “seek input from state, local, tribal and territorial officials, landowners land tenure, fishermen and other key stakeholders in identifying strategies that will encourage broad participation [this] goal.”

In response to the order, the US Departments of Interior, Agriculture, and Commerce and the CEQ released the report as a preliminary step. The report recommends a decade-long national initiative to advance locally-led conservation and restoration in public, private and tribal lands and waters to address three threats: loss of nature, climate change and inequitable access to the exterior. To guide implementation, the report includes eight core principles and six areas of focus and early progress.

Richard Hittinger, interim president of the RI Saltwater Anglers Association with 7,500 affiliate members in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, said: “Fishermen are all for conservation, but the defined process needs to be explored further. I hate the idea of ​​setting a number at 30 percent, as some conservation lands and waters are more valuable for conservation and / or for use by fishermen than others. For example, should we declare the waters within our three mile limit as sanctuaries, where thousands of fishermen fish? I do not think so. So as a nation we really need to think about the initiative. “

Public listening sessions are scheduled on Monday, November 8, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Tuesday, November 16, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Access code: 727-5932. Webinar (optional to view slides): Visit the above web address on the day of the meeting – no pre-registration. (Conference number: PWXW2474478, public access code: 727-5932).

The commercial tautog fishery is closed on November 2

Massachusetts’ 2021 commercial tautog quota of 64,753 pounds is expected to be taken this week. As a result, the Massachusetts commercial tautog fishery closed on Tuesday. The commercial fishery will remain closed until August 31, 2022. During the closure period, it is illegal for fishermen to possess and land tautog for commercial purposes. Additionally, it is illegal for seafood merchants to buy or receive tautogs from fishermen.

For more information on managing tautog in Massachusetts, contact DMF at 617-626-1520 or visit their website at

Improve or acquire fly tying skills

Every Monday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. until Monday, December 6, beginner and advanced classes in the art of fly tying are held at the Cold Spring Community Center, 38 Beach Street in North Kingstown, RI . Classes are sponsored by RI DEM’s Aquatic Resource Education Program and cost $ 5.00 per night. To register, please call or text or (401) 539-0037.

Where’s the bite?

Striped bass, blue fish and false albacore. Steve Anderson of Saltwater Edge in Middletown said: “The pipeline is always loaded with tracers; reports arrived from as far north as southern Maine of large schools of 20-inch to 20-pound stripers; come a little further south to Plum Island and there’s 30 pounds in the mix, and by the time you get to Plymouth Rock, 40 pounds are in play. Closer to the store we see a large mix of sizes and good numbers all over Rhode Island. Surfcasters seem to be leading the way again – no one seems to be fishing from a boat after dark. But the night shift surfers do very well from Newport to Narragansett to Napatree Point in the west with numerous reports of fish that are mostly slot size and larger. Peter Nilsen, President of the Rhody Fly Rodders, said: “Last week the striped bass and shad bite was pretty good at Narrow River in Narragansett. Fishermen would hook up with shads as large as 22 inches as well as school and guardian striped bass mixed together at Sprague Bridge as well as at the mouth of the river off the sandbar. Matt Conti of Snug Harbor Marina Bait & Tackle in South Kingstown said: “Coastal beaches have seen striped bass and false albacore blitzes with reports of the west side of Block Island being loaded with false albacore this week. “

Tautog fishing. Aquidneck Island angler John Migliori said: “The fall tautog bite has been very hot in Newport. It doesn’t take long for a person to go through a liter of green crabs like I did, of course there are a lot of missed bites and undersized fish but I got along just fine. got out. This weekend I caught a good sized fish close to eight pounds. All of my fishing activities were done from the shore of Aquidneck Island in rivers on both sides of the island on green crabs. Snug Harbor’s Matt Conti said: “The water is still very hot so the tautog are still in low water, like in summer. Some anglers catch a lot of shorts so you might have to move around a bit to find keepers but overall the bite is pretty good. Sam Toland of Sam’s Bait & Tackle in Middletown said: “The tautog bite has been exceptional this week. Customers catch them all over bays, rivers, and along the ocean coast. Conventional platforms and jigs are work. Anglers grab a lot of shorts to hit their limit, but overall everything works.

Red tuna and cod. Guests have caught giants over the past two weeks just off Scarborough Beach at the 70-foot break fairly close to shore. The bite has been very good there for a few months now. With the bad weather, the fishermen come out to fish for tuna in schools. The cod fishery was the same. The weather has been too tough to go to Sharks or Cox Ledge so cod and bluefin tuna fishing should start to pick up, ”said Conti.

Freshwater fishing. “The freshwater largemouth bass fishing continues to be good, top quality water lures and minnows still work for anglers,” said Tom Giddings of the Tackle Box in Warwick.

Dave Monti holds a captain’s license and a charter fishing license. He sits on various boards and commissions and owns a consulting business focused on ocean cleanliness, habitat preservation, conservation, renewable energy, and fisheries issues and clients. Send fishing news and photos to or visit


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