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Washington D.C. - The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is pleased to announce the release of the Fish and Wildlife Relevancy Roadmap. The roadmap is meant to be a practical guide that state, provincial and territorial fish and wildlife conservation agencies can use to overcome barriers to broader relevance, public engagement and support. The roadmap was adopted by...
The United States achieved several victories for our commercial and recreational fisheries at the 2019 meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) in Mallorca, Spain, which ended November 26, 2019. The U.S. delegation was central to the negotiations to address juvenile mortality of overfished big eye tuna through increases in fish aggregating devices (FADs)...
Bluefin Tuna Arrive In Morehead City North Carolina The General category fishery opened up today December 1, 2019 and two Bluefin Tuna we’re landed in Morehead City. Bradley Brown and Adam Grant hooked up early, bringing the first fish of the season back to the docks. Up next was Riley Adkins and John Charles of the Pelagic Hunter Sportfishing. The brought in...
A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agent cited a Louisiana man for alleged fishing violations in Plaquemines Parish on Nov. 20. The agent cited Tyrone Gauthier Jr., 22, of Ama, for possessing over 10 red drum, taking undersized red drum and taking undersized black drum. An LDWF agent observed Gauthier Jr. leaving a fishing spot and conducted a creel...
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Coast Guard law enforcement crews detected and interdicted five Mexican lancha boat crews engaged in illegal fishing in federal waters off the coast of southern Texas, Saturday. Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi aircrews, Coast Guard Station South Padre Island boatcrews, Coast Guard Cutter Jacob Poroo, along with Customs and Border Protection Agency Air and Marine...

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has recently been cracking down on the enforcement of the Ship Strike Reduction Rule, which is a set of regulations protecting endangered right whales. Several of my clients have recently received certified letters from NOAA with associated fines up to $20,000 for violating this rule. As a result, it is important for captains...

NC To Limit Flounder Harvest

In August N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission made the difficult decision to adopt Amendment 2 to the state’s Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan. The plan was developed by the Division of Marine Fisheries with the assistance of the Southern Flounder Advisory Committee. Amendment 2 contains strict requirements to significantly reduce harvest and discards of Southern flounder which are, and have...
The Virginia Marine Resources Commission approved today the emergency amendments described in sections of Chapter 4 VAC 20-252-10 et seq. The Chesapeake Bay Fall Striped Bass season opens Oct. 4 at ends at midnight Dec. 31. Instead of two fish, anglers can now only keep one. That one fish will have to fit into a 20- to 36-inch slot limit and establish...
Gulf Council Convenes its Standing, Reef Fish, Mackerel, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees The Sept. 17-18meeting will be held at the Gulf Council's office at 4107 W. Spruce Street, Suite 200 in Tampa, FL. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will host a meeting of its Standing, Reef Fish, Mackerel, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees. The meeting will convene...
During their summer meeting in August, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) approved Addendum VI to Amendment 6 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass. This action was taken in response to the findings of the 2018 benchmark stock assessment for striped bass which found the stock to be overfished and overfishing occurring. Such designations...

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