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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...
  Information on Southern Flounder Amendment N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission statement (8/23/19): The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission adopted the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Amendment 2 as proposed by the Division of Marine Fisheries, giving the director of the Division of Marine Fisheries flexibility with the commercial and recreational seasons so long as they meet the statutorily required harvest reductions. The Division...
ANNOUNCEMENT FROM NOAA: Beginning June 1, 2019, the General Category daily retention limit for large medium or giant bluefin tuna will be 3 fish per vessel per day/trip. For further information Read Below: General Category Limit Will Start at Three Large Medium or Giant Bluefin Tuna Per Vessel Per Day/Trip Beginning June 1 NOAA Fisheries is adjusting the Atlantic bluefin tuna...
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Many fishermen along the south Atlantic Coast are looking forward to May 1 - especially fishermen from the Tar Heel State.  Two of the most popular fishing seasons will open then and both saw some changes over the winter.  There wasn't anything in the changes that will affect the regulations right away, but things may change before their scheduled...
Roanoke River Striper - Neuse River Bait & Tackle
RALEIGH, N.C. — N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open the entire Roanoke River Management Area to striped bass harvest from March 1 through April 30, unless closed or extended through proclamation. The Roanoke River Management Area includes the Roanoke River and tributaries from Roanoke Rapids Lake Dam downstream to Albemarle Sound, including the Cashie, Middle and Eastmost rivers. The daily...
  At its February meeting in Gainesville, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) set the popular and economically important 2019 Gulf red snapper recreational season to open June 11 through July 12, with a possible fall reopening if quota is available. This season will apply to those fishing from private recreational vessels in state and federal waters and to...

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Fish and Wildlife Relevancy Roadmap Now Available

Washington D.C. - The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is pleased to announce the release of the Fish and Wildlife Relevancy Roadmap. The...