NOAA Fisheries is now accepting applications for the Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program (BREP)

High-priority areas for Fiscal Year 2018 projects include: Developing innovative and effective technologies; gear modifications; avoidance programs and techniques; and/or improved fishing practices in commercial and recreational fisheries and aquaculture to reduce bycatch impacts. Improving understanding and reduction of post-release and other indirect mortality, including barotrauma, predation, and unaccounted mortality in commercial and recreational fisheries…

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Modifications to the Gulf of Mexico Greater Amberjack Allowable Harvest and Recreational Closed Season

FB17-080 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: December 28, 2017 CONTACT: Kelli O’Donnell, 727-824-5305, Kelli.ODonnell@noaa.gov Modifications to the Gulf of Mexico Greater Amberjack Allowable Harvest and Recreational Closed Season KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule modifying commercial and recreational greater amberjack management measures in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf). WHEN THIS RULE WILL TAKE EFFECT: Regulations will be…

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NOAA Fisheries Announces New Management Measures in the Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Fishery

FB17-079 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: December 21, 2017 CONTACT: Frank Helies, 727-824-5305, Frank.Helies@noaa.gov KEY MESSAGE: A new rule for Amendment 17B to the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan establishes transit provisions for shrimp vessels without a federal permit, specifies a minimum threshold number of Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) shrimp moratorium permits, and identifies a review panel…

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The Gulf Council’s Standing, Reef Fish, Coral, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees to Convene

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene a meeting of its Standing, Reef Fish, Coral, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees on January 9-11 in the Gulf Council’s Conference room located at 2203 N. Lois Ave, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL, 33607. The meeting will convene on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 9 a.m.…

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NOAA Fisheries Announces New Management Measures for Gray Triggerfish

FB17-076 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: December 15, 2017 CONTACT: Lauren Waters, 727-824-5305, Lauren.Waters@noaa.gov KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries announces new management measures to rebuild the gray triggerfish stock in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf), which is currently overfished (stock abundance is too low). The actions will modify the recreational fixed closed season, reduce the recreational bag…

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NOAA Fisheries Publishes Individual Fishing Quota Program Reminders

FB17-075 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: December 7, 2017 CONTACT: Catch Share Customer Support, (866) 425-7627 (option 2, 8am – 4:30pm EST), nmfs.ser.catchshare@noaa.gov                     KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries is sending these end-of-year reminders to ensure IFQ participants are knowledgeable about end of year restrictions as well as subsequent start of year information. We are also providing…

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