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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...
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...
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...
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January Freeze Closes NC Speckled Trout Season More Stunned and Dead Trout Still Being Found The winter weather at the North Carolina Coast usually ranges from cold to cool, sometimes turning warm, and only occasionally becoming very cold.  2018 began during one of those few periods the weather was very cold.  The freezing temperatures began with overnight visits the last few...
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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Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council & NOAA Fisheries Host For-Hire Reporting Requirement Workshops New reporting requirements will be implemented for federally permitted charter and headboat vessels in the Gulf of Mexico this year. Vessels will have to hail-out before taking a trip; complete an electronical report for each trip before offloading fish; and have a device permanently affixed to...
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...
RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 19, 2018) — The 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...
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...
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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...

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