NOAA Fisheries Releases Revised MRIP Recreational Catch and Effort Estimates

Today, NOAA Fisheries released revised Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) catch and effort estimates (1981-2017) as part of its recent transition from the Coastal Household Telephone Survey (CHTS) to the new, mail-based Fishing Effort Survey (FES). The agency also released preliminary estimates based on the FES for 2018 wave 1 (Jan. – Feb.). The release…

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Gulf Shrimp Fishery to Re-Open Off Texas on July 15, 2018

FB18-048 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: July 9 2018 CONTACT: Susan Gerhart, 727-551-5602, Susan.Gerhart@noaa.gov Gulf Shrimp Fishery to Re-Open Off Texas on July 15, 2018 WHAT/WHEN: NOAA Fisheries announces federal waters from 9 to 200 nautical miles off Texas will open to shrimp trawling beginning 30 minutes after official sunset, local time, on July 15, 2018,…

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Commerce Department Announces Council Appointments

The U.S. Commerce Department today announced the appointment of 30 members to the eight regional fishery management councils that partner with NOAA Fisheries to manage ocean fish stocks. Twenty-nine of the new and reappointed council members will serve three-year terms from August 11, 2018 through August 10, 2021. One appointed member is filling an at-large seat recently…

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Final Rule Increases Spiny Lobster Catch Levels and Prohibits Recreational Trapping in the South Atlantic

KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule for Regulatory Amendment 4 to the Fishery Management Plan for Spiny Lobster in the Gulf of Mexico and the South Atlantic (Regulatory Amendment 4). Regulatory Amendment 4 increases the catch limit for spiny lobster based on updated landings information and revised scientific recommendations; and prohibits the use…

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Final Rule to Modify Gulf of Mexico Mutton Snapper and Gag Management Measures

FB18-044 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: June 22, 2018 CONTACT: Rich Malinowski, 727-824-5305, Rich.Malinowski@noaa.gov   KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule modifying commercial and recreational mutton snapper and commercial gag management measures in the Gulf of Mexico. The rule will: Modify the annual catch limit for mutton snapper Remove the annual catch target Decrease the…

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NOAA Requests Submission of Landing Locations for All Commercially Permitted Reef Fish Vessels

FB18-040   FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: June 12, 2018 CONTACT: Catch Share Customer Support, (866) 425-7627 (option 2, 8am – 4:30pm EST), nmfs.ser.catchshare@noaa.gov   KEY MESSAGE: In May 2017, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council approved new requirements to improve compliance and increase management flexibility in the Gulf of Mexico individual fishing quota (IFQ) programs. One change…

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Final Rule to Improve Commercial Reef Fish Landing Compliance and Provide Flexibility in the Individual Fishing Quota Programs

KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries announces new measures affecting commercial reef fish fishermen. The purpose of this action is to improve compliance and increase management flexibility in the Gulf of Mexico individual fishing quota (IFQ) programs. WHAT THIS MEANS: All owners or operators of a commercial reef fish permitted vessel landing any commercially caught, federally managed…

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