Giveaway   Tides   

Will Trump Help Rhode Island's Commercial Fishers?

We have plenty of friends who hold both recreational guide licenses for taking clients out to catch fish, as well as commercial licenses that they use to catch grouper and snapper and other viable table fare when there are no paying clients. In some cases, they make a lot more commercial angling than they do with newbie clients (as fun as it might be).

But here on the Gulf of Mexico, where a select few (our friends among them) take precendence over recreational anglers. The American Red Snapper is a perfect example, with a 3-day federal season this year that is essentially useless. The "science" keeping us from targeting a wonderful (and abundant) species says that the fish might be endangered if people with rods and reels catch too many, so they shut us off.

Not so the commercials.

This is an article from WPRI.com in Rhode Island. We are sorry to hear about the plight of the commercial anglers there, and yeah, we hope that President Trump helps them out. After - and only after - he fixes the problem that recreationals have with the federals here in the Gulf.

RI Commercial

From the story:

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) — Local fishermen are asking President Donald Trump to hear their complaints and help the commercial fishing industry.

 

A group of Rhode Island fishermen left Point Judith early Wednesday morning to sail to New London, Conn., for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduation later in the day. President Trump is delivering the commencement address, and the fishermen are hoping to catch his eye and draw attention to the problems they say are hurting the fishing industry.



The Armour Art of Fly Fishing

The Armour Art of Fly Fishing

By: Andy Marlette
Cigs Bad for You and the Environment

Cigs Bad for You and the Environment

By: Katrina Domingo
Thieves focus on fishing tackle

Thieves focus on fishing tackle

By: Scott Sutton
Whale Wars and the Japanese Military

Whale Wars and the Japanese Military

By: David Strege
Are Indonesian Reefs Half Dead?

Are Indonesian Reefs Half Dead?

By: NetralEnglish Indonesia
Thirty-Plus Pound Flounder in Monterey Bay

Thirty-Plus Pound Flounder in Monterey Bay

By: Allen Bushnell with the Santa Crius Sentinel
Water OK to Drink say PA officials but fish not OK to eat.

Water OK to Drink say PA officials but fish not OK to eat.

By: DAVID L. DYE Herald Staff Writer
Pine Island Incorporation

Pine Island Incorporation

By: Roger Wood on the Pine-Island Eagle
Is Walley FIshing Really Fishing?

Is Walley FIshing Really Fishing?

By: Jeff Thurn
WWII Vet and Flyfisherman

WWII Vet and Flyfisherman

By: Jonathan Gordon
The Alabama Rodeo and Dr. Bob.

The Alabama Rodeo and Dr. Bob.

By: Robby Baker
No Fish Farms Here - Eating Alaska

No Fish Farms Here - Eating Alaska

By: Melissa Kravitz
iCast 2017 - What we have to have now

iCast 2017 - What we have to have now

By: Staff at TOF
Slavery and Catfood

Slavery and Catfood

By: Phil Taylor
Breaking the law for a family reunion

Breaking the law for a family reunion

By: Brandon Champion
Zuckerberg and Fake (Fishing) News

Zuckerberg and Fake (Fishing) News

By: Craig Medred
Stuart Fishing pier closed for repairs

Stuart Fishing pier closed for repairs

By: TCPalm Staff Report
Mussel farming catching fire

Mussel farming catching fire

By: Hannah Finch
Big Catfish in the Summertime

Big Catfish in the Summertime

By: Chuck Hubbard
Chain Pickerel

Chain Pickerel

By: Bob Sampson
Great fishing book free until end of June

Great fishing book free until end of June

By: George and Jill Davis
Murder on the High Seas?

Murder on the High Seas?

By: The Associated Press
Seaweed Farming

Seaweed Farming

By: Julian Turner
Guy Harvey Property being sold on Lake O

Guy Harvey Property being sold on Lake O

By: Katrina Elsken
Private artificial reefs in Malaysia

Private artificial reefs in Malaysia

By: DR GAZI MD NURUL ISLAM
Kayak angler lucky to be alive after going missing

Kayak angler lucky to be alive after going missing

By: SunMedia Staff Writer
Clam trees and surf fishing

Clam trees and surf fishing

By: Dana Eldridge
Largemouth Smallmouth and Lake Trout

Largemouth Smallmouth and Lake Trout

By: Eric Gaertner
Sabiki Rigs and Injured Seabirds

Sabiki Rigs and Injured Seabirds

By: Staff at TOF
Fish kill result of commercial dumping

Fish kill result of commercial dumping

By: Eric Russell
Huge whale dead on beach

Huge whale dead on beach

By: Ruba Haza
More Destruction Wrought by the Evil King of Darkness

More Destruction Wrought by the Evil King of Darkness

By: Editorial staff at the East Hampton Star
The Joy of Fishing with Kids

The Joy of Fishing with Kids

By: Mike Roux

The Online Fisherman

GHM logo