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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has published the 2019 commercial and recreational fishing regulations on the Federal Regulations page of its website. The regulations will be updated throughout the year as regulatory changes are made. Additionally, on January 1, 2019 the Council will fully transition its federal fishing regulations to the Fish Rules mobile application. To keep up...
The Council chose to increase the commercial and recreational Cobia minimum size limit to 36 inches fork length.
NOAA Requests Comments on Atlantic Cobia Rules NOAA Fisheries requests comments on Amendment 31 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Coastal Migratory Pelagics (CMP) of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Region and a proposed rule for Atlantic group cobia. Atlantic cobia is managed from Georgia through New York. The proposed action would remove Atlantic cobia from the fishery management...
WHAT/WHEN: The commercial harvest of red snapper in federal waters of the South Atlantic will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on November 7, 2018, and unless specified otherwise, will open on July 8, 2019, for the 2019 commercial fishing season. During the commercial closure, all sale or purchase of red snapper is prohibited. All harvest or possession of...
  Horry County, S.C. – On October 27, 2018, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) officers seized more than 1,000 pounds of fish from a vessel operating without proper licenses and permits at docks in Little River near Water Front Avenue. Officers asked both men on board, neither whom were the owner of the boat, to produce a federal snapper/grouper...
Positive Outlook for Iconic Fish in 65th Annual Index The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced results of its annual young-of-year striped bass survey in Chesapeake Bay, which documented healthy reproduction of the state fish. The 2018 young-of-year index is 14.8, higher than the 65-year average of 11.8. Known locally as rockfish, striped bass spawn in Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries...
by Catherine Kozak, Coastal Review Online A vessel is shown being sunk for an artificial reef. Photo: N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Co-published with Island Free Press KITTY HAWK — Despite the Outer Banks’ disproportionately large contribution in fishing license fees, some say the region has been shorted its share of artificial fishing reefs, compared with the rest of the North Carolina...
Atlantic Bluefin Tuna General Category Fishery to Reopen for Two Days
The fishery will reopen for two days, effective 12:30 a.m., October 15 through 11:30 p.m., October 16, 2018. Sarah McLaughlin Fishery Management Specialist 978-281-9260 [email protected] This action is intended to provide a reasonable opportunity to harvest the full annual U.S. bluefin tuna quota without exceeding it while maintaining an equitable distribution of fishing opportunities across time periods. In addition, it will help achieve optimum...
The Council chose to increase the commercial and recreational Cobia minimum size limit to 36 inches fork length.
After hearing public comment at its October meeting in Mobile, Alabama, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council chose to modify the commercial and recreational minimum size limit for Gulf cobia in federal waters. The Council selected to increase the cobia minimum size limit to 36 inches fork length. The most recent Gulf cobia stock assessment was completed in 2013, and...
Gag grouper fall season opens in Gulf 4-county region The Gulf of Mexico gag grouper recreational season in state waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties will be open for harvest Sept. 1 through Dec. 31. The season for all other Gulf state and federal waters is June 1 through Dec. 31. The minimum size limit for gag grouper is 24...
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
The Council took final action to modify red snapper harvest limits. After the most recent red snapper stock assessment, the Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee increased the acceptable biological catch (ABC), which allows the Council to increase annual catch limits (ACLs) and targets (ACTs). The ACLs are the quotas for each sector, but in order to reduce the possibility...

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