"In 1996, for the first time in 220 years, Congress steered away from flexibility in marine-fish management with the Sustainable Fisheries Act, which amended Magnuson by outlawing overfishing and mandating speedy recovery of depleted stocks."
America could lose these beautiful and unique fish before most anglers even realize we have them.
"So-called clean natural gas fouls everything but your furnace. In a process called “hydraulic fracturing,” developed by Halliburton Company, a witches’ brew of water, sand, formaldehyde, acids, petroleum compounds and herbicides (highly toxic to fish) that discourage pump-clogging algae in wastewater ponds and tanks, is blasted into the earth at high pressure, fracturing the shale."
If you care about fishing along the Atlantic coast for striped bass, be afraid—very afraid.
No crisis Confronting America's fish and wildlife is more pressing and more fixable than the emasculation of the Clean Water Act. In neutering this landmark legislation, the Bush administration twisted two bizarre Supreme Court decisions into enforcement "guidance" that rendered "isolated" wetlands, headwaters, vernal pools, intermittent streams and ephemeral streams - which, together, comprise at least 60 percent of the nation's waters - unprotected.