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MOREHEAD CITY – The recreational black sea bass fishing season will open Feb. 1 in federal and North Carolina waters north of Cape Hatteras. The minimum size limit will be 12.5 inches total length (tip of the snout to the tip of the tail), and the bag limit will be 15 fish per person, per day. The season will close...
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 sarah.mclaughlin@noaa.gov 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 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...
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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...
  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...
(L-R) Summer, Sawyer and Capt. Bonner Herring with a nice American red snapper that was released right after this picture was taken.
Red Snapper Season Opens Friday, New Snapper - Grouper Regs and NC Wants Your Carcass For months, fishermen along the South Atlantic Coast were not expecting to have even a short red snapper season for 2020, after the slight overage in catch during 2019.  However, a change in the federal guidelines will allow the recreational red snapper season to open...
  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...
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...
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...
NOAA Fisheries is transferring 26 metric tons (mt) of Atlantic bluefin tuna quota from the Reserve category to the January 2019 subquota period, resulting in a subquota of 75 mt for January 2019. Although it is called the “January” subquota, the regulations allow the General category fishery under this quota to continue until the subquota is reached or March 31,...

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