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...
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...
The Artificial Reef Program run by the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is usually busy. While there are several local artificial reef association groups along the N.C. Coast, every N.C. artificial reef project must be coordinated through the DMF Artificial Reef Program. One of the current points of emphasis is estuarine reefs, especially oyster sanctuaries. These projects don't just add...
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...
  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...
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...
Permit - Photo by Hunter Ledbetter
Florida Extends Permit Spawning Closure in South Florida At its February meeting in Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a measure to extend the spawning season closure for permit inside the Special Permit Zone in south Florida. The change, effective April 1, 2018, will add April to the existing May-through-July season closure for the harvest of permit...
AUSTIN - Private recreational anglers fishing in federal waters off the Texas coast will see a projected 82-day season starting June 1 under an agreement between the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). This is an increase of 40 days from last year’s season. The agreement is a modified version of the Red Snapper Exempted...
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...
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...

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