Long Island Sound Tautog Study

Part 1 of a special series on the Long Island Sound

This is the first of a series of special podcasts George will be hosting that is related to the Long Island Sound. Professor Eric T Schultz headed the Long Island Sound Tautog Study. The Bio-economic Outcomes under Alternative Management Strategies with Human Choice and Behavior: Modeling Tautog and Anglers’ Preferences.

Shultz was assisted by Zhenshan Chen, Graduate Research Assistant Pengfei Liu, Stephen Swallow and Jacob M. Kasper Graduate Research Assistant.

These are not recommendations and the Long Island Sound study was conducted with input from the New York Department of Conservation. and Connecticut recreational anglers by UCONN and Sea Grant from Connecticut.

If you enjoy the tautog fishery, now is a great time to get involved and be educated on how anglers feel about the future management of tautog. If there is one thing lacking in fisheries management it’s how and where our anglers are being informed. For example, anglers under the age of 40 supported a striped bass slot fish this year. They did so, mostly in part of the successes of the redfish and snook slots down south. But what’s good for one fish might not be good for another.

Hopefully, this can be followed up with another survey giving us the true economic impact that the Long Island Sound Tautog fishery has on both New York and Connecticut. I know that’s the plan, but in these days of covid-19 plans change quickly.

The primary goal of this project is to evaluate the biological and economic impacts of alternative recreational fishery management practices. Taking anglers’ behavioral changes into consideration. Our project focuses on Tautog fishing in Long Island Sound. We have developed a baseline population model that can project how the stock responds to different regulatory approaches.

More on this survey can be found on the UCONN website. You can also find more in the attachment found in the post below.

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Attached below you will find the work behind the data. It's important that anglers see that there is real science and statistics to manage our fisheries. The problem in the system is when state appointees get in on it most of the real work goes out the window.

I will say it over and over, today's angler is being misinformed, by in many cases well-intentioed people that just don't understand the system.

Watch for another podcast tomorrow on Plum Island. I speak with an expert on the island and her concerns that it is For Sale to the Highest Bidder!
I've been preaching that for decades. Hopefully the time has come.
You are 100% right Benny. I go to these meetings - in spite of my life being threatened - and I've seen what the results are. At the last tog meeting, there was a Long Island Captain, the only boat now sailing out of Huntington, and he was screaming and cursing at a 20 something-year-old girl from ASMFC who was simply trying to explain the numbers. He was an embarrassment to both the coms and the recs. All of his screaming and cursing didn't work out well as he's now got a 3-fish bag while the south shore has a 4 fish bag. Coincidence? I don't think so. It was his big mouth that ended up screwing all of us that fish the sound. How the other charter boats fishing the sound can't see it is beyond me.

I learned long ago you need to play the game by the government's rules or we will lose in the end. They listen to us when we present a clear and concise message and play by their rules. Screaming, cursing and ignoring the process never wins.