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).
- Thanks New Jersey… July 19, 2017 Species: Atlantic menhaden, Atlantic striped bass, Summer flounder - Some may be cheering the Secretary of Commerce’s decision to overrule ASMFC on summer flounder, but in the end, Jersey may have really screwed us If you are a regular reader, you likely know the controversy surrounding summer flounder More ›
- Marine Recreational Information Program Seeks Input April 21, 2017 Species: - The Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) is the system under which recreational fishing data is collected and analyzed. MRIP recently released its draft five-year Strategic Plan and is requesting input on the Plan from stakeholders. MRIP is seeking public feedback as part More ›
- H.R. 1411 “Transparent Summer Flounder Quotas Act” April 17, 2017 Species: - H.R. 1411 was introduced by Rep. Pallone, Frank, Jr. [D-NJ-6] on March 7, 2017. The text can be found here: “Transparent Summer Flounder Quotas Act” In short, the bill seeks to suspend the 2017 summer flounder specifications – voted on More ›
- MAGNUSON-STEVENS FISHERY CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT ACT April 17, 2017 Species: - Origins Congress first passed the law that we now know as the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act in 1976. Although the original law set up a framework to conserve and manage the fisheries resources of the United States, and More ›
- Public Input Changed NOAA Fisheries Final Rule for Sharks April 12, 2017 Species: Sharks - On April 4, 2017, NOAA Fisheries published in the Federal Register a “Final Rule” for Amendment 5b to the Highly Migratory Species (HMS) plan. The HMS plan manages a group of species that include tunas and sharks. Amendment 5b was More ›
- From DC to Tackle Box Part 2 (Executive Branch and Regulation) April 12, 2017 Species: - Legislation Becomes Regulation Once Congress has passed the final votes on an act of legislation, the document is sent to the President to be signed or rejected via veto authority. Assuming legislation is signed, the next step on the way More ›
- From DC to Tackle Box Part 1 (Congress & Legislation) April 12, 2017 Species: - How the US Governs Our Fishing As we began to spread the word about Fissues.org, one theme was repeated at every trade show seminar and fishing club we visited. The election is over, and most people simply want to return More ›