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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...
AUSTIN – Texas game wardens recently wrapped up a crackdown on illegal commercial fishing trade along the Texas-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley, citing nearly two dozen retail fish dealers for a variety of seafood industry related violations. Operation Dragnet was a multi-agency inspection operation targeting illegal seafood trade, and resulted in issuance of 22 citations and 7 warnings...
I'd like to say that effective on May 1, things will be right again for fishermen seeking cobia and shallow water grouper. I'd like to, but that isn't really the case. The seasons will reopen then - and that's a good thing, but there are new restrictive regulations in place for cobia with more changes being considered. Plus, lowering...
What: NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Administrator, Dr. Roy Crabtree and newly appointed Southeast Fisheries Science Center Director, Dr. Clay Porch will provide an update and take questions about red snapper management in the Gulf of Mexico including the 2018 recreational red snapper fishing season. When: Tuesday, May 1 from 12-2pm EST Where: Dial 1-773-756-4789 or toll free 1-800-593-8946 Password: RED SNAPPER The next Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management...
AUSTIN — State game wardens issued more than 150 citations to 19 fish markets and restaurants in the Houston area that illegally purchased game fish from undercover officers during a recently completed sting conducted by the Special Operations unit of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Law Enforcement Division. During the two-year operation, wardens in plain clothes offered to sell...

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