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Federal Fisheries

This section will cover all federal offices, agencies & actions related to fisheries including US Congress, NOAA Fisheries, NOAA Highly Migratory Species (HMS), National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS), and the Greater Atlantic Regional Fishery Office (GARFO).

On March 1, the National Marine Fisheries Service adopted emergency regulations to protect shortfin mako sharks, after a new stock assessment conducted by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) indicated that the species was severely overfished, and undergoing very severe overfishing. Such emergency regulations increased the minimum size limit for shortfin

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Black sea bass, summer flounder and red snapper will likely be impacted first by new MRIP data “I can’t understand… we’ve got 350,000 anglers in New York not 900,000.” said the caller from New York when questions opened up during the July 13, 2018 webinar about the revised Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) estimates. New

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On July 11, H.R. 200,the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act passed the House of Representatives. The vote on the House floor was disappointing but close –  as this partisan bill passed by a vote of 222-193.  To see a breakdown of how Members voted, go here. As we have told

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Photo courtesy of Northeast Fisheries Science Center – NOAA By Tony Friedrich   If you follow this blog, you probably know by now that the writers stand united against H.R. 200, the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act. We’ve written extensively about this deeply flawed legislation to make all of you

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  The northwest Atlantic cod fishery is arguably one of the best-known and most historically important fisheries in the world.  That importance made the collapse of the region’s cod stocks all the more noteworthy, and adds a degree of urgency to ongoing efforts to return such stocks to health. Unfortunately, biologists have found cod slow

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    This legislative session (the two-year 115th Congress, 2017-2018) has been a busy one for federal fisheries policy, with relevant legislation being introduced and moving through the Committee process in both the House and the Senate. But the bills have seemed to have hit a stalling point. When that point breaks and things begin

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With fish and fishing, where exactly are we headed? By Captain John McMurray Let me preface all this by saying, I love aquariums. Particularly the New York Aquarium in Coney Island.  It’s iconic.  And the staff there is awesome.  Riverhead, with its native saltmarsh display is a close second.  And Monterey?  Supper cool.  Especially the

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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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