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Martha's Vineyard Surfcasters
Martha's Vineyard
Surfcasters Association
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Edgartown, MA 02539
By dbalon on 8/18/2013 12:03 PM

ORLEANS — In December, Orleans selectmen were cool to a request from their Chatham counterparts to revive a regional approach to managing piping plovers.

But after a rough summer for off-road vehicle access, Orleans selectmen voted Wednesday night to appoint Selectman John Hodgson to a fledgling regional coalition of towns to push for better beach access during the plover nesting season.

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By dbalon on 8/15/2013 8:58 AM
New Benchmark Striper Assessment Due Soon
Saltwater Sportsman, article Shelf Life
by Gary Caputi
August 9, 2013

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, the interstate regulatory body that manages a variety of inshore fish species on a state by state basis, is holding a meeting of the Striped Bass Management Board this week. The purpose is to begin the dialog on potential changes to the Striped Bass Management Plan in anticipation of the release of a new benchmark stock assessment that is in the final stages of the peer review process. This is a big deal because ASMFC’s previous stock assessments already show a marked decline in total biomass from a high-water mark of approximately 68 million fish to about 40 million in 2010. 

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By dbalon on 8/2/2013 11:50 AM
The Trustees of Reservations have been working hard to open up some new areas for OSV use on Chappaquiddick. We really appreciate their open mindness to opening new areas when possible especially with all the recent erosion that has closed off other areas/trails. Get out there and enjoy this beautiful property!

Here is the list of the recent updates provided by The Trustees of Reservations.


(1) Re-opened the beach from opposite the Narrows north. Thus, one will be able to drive from the South end of the Cedars to the Elbow on the outside beach.

(2) From the front beach you can ride all the way to the Gut which was also re-opened today.

(3) There is also a stretch of beach open to OSV travel on the Chappy side of the breach going toward Wasque.

(4) Lelands was also re-opened as far south as you can safely travel toward Wasque. All of east Beach from the Dike Bridge south is open as is the back trail to the small parking lot created at the end.

(5) Vehicles can drive to the end of the inside trail at Leland but aren't able to go out onto the outside beach due to the outside beach erosion.  Folks can still park and walk to fish Wasque Point (or what's left of it)

(6) The Elbow is now open for Over-Sand Vehicles! You can get out pretty far, and the Gut is within easy walking distance. We do still have some tern chick activity at the Gut itself, so walkers, please stay along the shoreline and no dogs allowed.