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Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY-1) sponsored the amendment on an approved House appropriations bill that prohibits the Coast Guard and NOAA Fisheries from enforcing a moratorium on striped bass in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) surrounding Block Island, Rhode Island. This House approved amendment is bad for the fish and fisheries management.  Block Island Sound fishermen

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On March 1, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued emergency measures intended to protect the shortfin mako shark from continued overfishing.  The measures became effective on March 2. Prior to the new rule, no size or trip limits restricted the directed shark fishery, which included shortfin makos, although vessels that held an Incidental shark

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On January 26 in Warwick, the Rhode Island Salt Water Anglers Association (RISAA) hosted its third Southern New England Recreational Fishing Symposium. The event was attended by representatives of many RISAA member clubs, affiliate clubs, management bodies, ENGOs and more. The first Southern New England Recreational Fishing Symposium was held in 2013 and focused on

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The following legislative update is provided by our colleagues @ the Marine Fish Conservation Network  This past Wednesday, we saw the full House Natural Resources Committee markup two fisheries-related bills: Rep. Young’s MSA reauthorization bill, HR.200 and Rep. Graves’s RED SNAPPER bill, HR.3588. In the beginning of the markup, Rep. Young offered an Amendment in the Nature of a

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The reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) continues in both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. Here are updates on recent activities. U.S. House of Representatives. The Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans of the Natural Resources Committee has jurisdiction over the MSA. Chairman Lamborn (R-CO) has held a

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Back in September; the Greater Atlantic Regional Office of NOAA Fisheries (GARFO) announced  mandatory electronic reporting requirements effecting ANY FOR HIRE VESSEL that fishes under a federal permit and is endorsed to catch certain Mid Atlantic Council managed species. Many New England based charter boats, some who don’t even realize they are supposed to have a federal

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Download a printable (pdf) copy of this guide here. A Guide to Menhaden Am 3 In May 2015, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) initiated Amendment 3 to management plan for Atlantic menhaden. The purpose is to establish ecological management, and to review and possibly update state-by-state quota allocations. It is critical that the ASMFC

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Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Summer Meeting Alexandria VA / August 1-3 2017. The overarching highlight of the ASMFC Summer Meeting was the Menhaden Management Board which continued development of Amendment 3 to the Menhaden Fishery Management Plan. The Board received a stock assessment update and as was expected, Menhaden remain healthy and are not overfished

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