NOAA Fisheries recently issued the final ruling regarding the requirement of rigged and ready for use descending devices on board all recreational boats that are fishing for or possess snapper-grouper species in South Atlantic federal waters. The rule will take effect on July 15, 2020 and applies to all commercial, for-hire and private recreational vessels.
After weeks of being inside due to COVID-19, we know that life as we have known it is changing. With schools being closed, camps being cancelled, and vacations being put on hold, it’s a great time to turn to boating as a way to enjoy family time and staycations.
America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act, unanimously passes the Senate. Supporting an array of fish and wildlife conservation policies, the act encompasses a number of benefits to recreational fishing on both national and regional levels.
Washington, DC.—On December 31, 2018, the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act, also known as the Modern Fish Act, was signed into law. Designed to improve access for recreational saltwater fishing while keeping a focusing on conservation and sustainability, the bill had strong bipartisan support with cosponsors from both coastal and non-coastal states.
Each year, the North Carolina Wildlife Federation (NCWF) presents the prestigious Governor's Conservation Achievement Awards to honor those who have exhibited an unwavering commitment to conservation in North Carolina.
Fisheries conservation, including the very best practices in all outdoor sporting activity, are lifelong principles of Eddie Smith, Grady-White’s CEO and owner. Over the years, with his guidance and philanthropy, these best practices have become an important part of the Grady-White brand.
The benefits of healthy oyster populations are myriad in terms not only of a delicious food source, but also as an aid to improving estuarine water quality. But that’s not all, healthy oyster resources are vital to the welfare of important recreational fish species. In North Carolina that includes especially red drum, black drum and spotted seatrout.
Dr. Kennedy Paynter is one of the world’s preeminent scientists monitoring and studying the positive effects of healthy oyster population on fisheries, fisheries habitats, and water quality–especially in the Chesapeake Bay. He’s also the proud owner of Callinectes*, a Grady-White Express 360.
This bipartisan legislation calls for updates to the oversight of federal fisheries, including adding more tools to the management toolbox, improving data collection techniques, and examining fishery allocations.
All of us at Grady-White are well aware of how important clean water and well-managed, sustainable, and accessible fisheries are to our customers and associates, and really to all who participate in boating and water activities. For us, supporting sustainable recreational fisheries, clean water, and access is not only good policy, it’s good business. As result Grady-White–along with many of our customers and associates–is in favor of current legislation in the United States Senate that may well help ensure long-term conservation and sustainable fisheries while improving access to these fisheries by saltwater anglers.
Did you know there is important scientific research on dolphinfish (also known as mahi or dorado) that you can participate in as a Grady-White owner or enthusiast and active fisherman?
Each year, The Dophinfish Research Program conducts a fish tagging program, providing an opportunity to participate in research that has yielded valuable and fascinating information. More than 4,500 anglers have participated over the years, tagging more than 23,000 fish, and almost 600 fish have been recovered. You may very well want to be involved either by participating in tagging or by making a donation.
With the leadership of Eddie Smith and the resources of Grady-White and the Smith Family Foundation, contributions to the North Carolina Nature Conservancy have been made towards the conservation and enhancement of oyster reefs.
The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) has appointed Grady-White VP Joey Weller to its board of directors. Weller will assist RBFF leadership in their mission to increase participating membership from 46 million to 60 million over the next five years.
A 21-foot Grady-White Freedom 205 named Moja, a gorgeous, highly trained and specialized dog with an astonishing nose named Tucker, and a dedicated outfit called Conservation Canines seem so unlikely to have anything do with the preservation of the magnificent beasts known as orca, or killer whales. But looks (and scents) can be quite deceiving, as this group effort is doing a tremendous job in helping to understand the dynamics of disturbance, seawater toxins, and Chinook salmon populations, and the effects on the endangered population of orcas known as Puget Sound’s Southern Resident killer whales.
Grady-White Boats applauds the decision to differentiate public use from commercial extraction of marine resources by including recreational fishing as an allowable activity in the new Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, located approximately 150 miles off the Massachusetts coast.
Grady-White proudly provided the tough, hardworking and very seaworthy research vessel, Blue Serengeti, a Gulfstream 232, for the great white shark tagging and research project featured on the Discovery Channel.
Grady-White Boats is the only corporate-level sponsor to have supported the Dolphinfish Research Program every year of its existence. This important research project studies the migration of pelagic dolphinfish...