Last night I sat through two hours of "Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Commercial/Recreational Allocation Draft Amendment Hearings," presented by the Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council. I might have been the only one from MA to give input, and it was basically that I disagree with the number of these species that are killed by recreational fishermen when releasing them back into the water. I also disagree with the terminology of "discard" for fish that are released. You will get a chance to respond in writing between now and March 16 at email@example.com.
By-Laws: The Board of Directors met on Zoom Tuesday with the by-laws committee – Chair Barry Sullivan, Doug Dockery, and Joe Apiscopa. The committee did a great job of reviewing and updating the by-laws. We will discuss the by-laws at our Zoom meeting next Wednesday, 2/24, at 6:30 p.m. If you would like a copy emailed to you before then, contact Barry (firstname.lastname@example.org) or myself.
Haddock Trip: Right now there are 16 openings left for the May 8th haddock trip. If interested, get your checks and applications (attached and on our website) in. Chairman Sorcenellli is waiting at the end of his chair to get the spots filled.
Fluke Trip: The fluke trip is on July 22. Application is attached and on our website. Because we did not have meetings and raffles last year, and the number of people went from 45 to 38, the cost of the trip had to jump up. It will be $125 for members and $150 for non-members. This is a big increase, but it is still a great deal. If you went on a Monday fluke trip, for instance, the cost would be $200. Chairman Ken Whiting is also waiting at the end of his chair to get the 38 applications in.
River Herring Network: Our newest board member, Abigail Archer, is chairing the River Herring Network Webinar #2 on Feb. 23 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. The title is "Counting and Covid - Volunteer Herring Counts During a Pandemic." I told her that most of you probably take naps at that hour, but please set an alarm so we can have good participation from Salties! Register in advance for this webinar here:
February 24th Zoom Meeting: We have Capt. Scott Graf out of Sesuit Harbor as the speaker at 7:00 for our Feb. 24th Zoom meeting, following the business meeting at 6:30. I will ask him to bring his calendar so interested people can book. Watch for your Zoom invitation from Zoom Master Dave Tessein!
East End Eddie Doherty Shares His Fish Tales: I am excited to tell you that we are doing a joint Zoom presentation with the South Yarmouth Library on March 6 at 2:00 p.m. -- "East End Eddie Doherty Shares His Fish Tales - A Zoom Talk on Surfcasting the Cape Cod Canal for Striped Bass." You can sign up on the South Yarmouth Library webpage, under Upcoming Events, or call the library for a ZOOM invite at 508-760-4820, ext. 1 or 508-775-5206, ext. 2. They will email you an invite on the day before the event. Eddie is the author of Seven Miles After Sundown and a renowned fisherman. Thanks to Saltie and Yarmouth Library Director Jane Cain for setting this up with us!
Dues: We sent out 84 individual dues reminders over the past two weeks and have received several returns. Please get your dues in so we can keep our roster up to date.
Amazon Smile: Use this time when we are locked in our houses to shop on Amazon Smile! It’s a win-win. The club gets the money, and it costs you nothing!