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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...
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,...
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
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...
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...
The Council chose to increase the commercial and recreational Cobia minimum size limit to 36 inches fork length.
NOAA Requests Comments on Atlantic Cobia Rules NOAA Fisheries requests comments on Amendment 31 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Coastal Migratory Pelagics (CMP) of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Region and a proposed rule for Atlantic group cobia. Atlantic cobia is managed from Georgia through New York. The proposed action would remove Atlantic cobia from the fishery management...

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The Saltwater Shootout Is Social Distancing, But The Fish Aren’t!

Pompano Beach, Fl. (July 8, 2020) – Leg 2 of the 22ndAnnual Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit is almost here! The Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater...