NOAA

Commercial Hook-and-Line Harvest of King Mackerel in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico Southern Zone Will Close on February 20, 2018

FB18-013 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: February 16, 2018 CONTACT: Kelli O’Donnell, 727-824-5305, kelli.odonnell@noaa.gov   Commercial Hook-and-Line Harvest of King Mackerel in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico Southern Zone Will Close on February 20, 2018 WHAT/WHEN: Commercial hook-and-line harvest of king mackerel in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) Southern Zone (depicted…

NOAA

Final Rule Modifies the Number of Unrigged Hooks Carried On Board Bottom Longline Vessels in the Gulf of Mexico

FB18-011 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE:    February 6, 2018 CONTACT:   Kelli O’Donnell, 727-824-5305, Kelli.Odonnell@noaa.gov   Final Rule Modifies the Number of Unrigged Hooks Carried On Board Bottom Longline Vessels in the Gulf of Mexico   KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule modifying commercial bottom longline regulations in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf). WHEN THIS…

Gulf Council

January 2018 Council Update

For Immediate Release February 2, 2018 January 2018 Council Update   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met in New Orleans, Louisiana, January 29 – February 1, 2018. The following is a brief summary of the Council’s actions: Spiny Lobster The Council reviewed the draft Options Paper for Spiny Lobster Amendment 13, which considers…

NOAA

Government Shutdown – IFQ Program Operations During the Shutdown

FB18-005 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: January 22, 2018   GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN IFQ Program Operations During the Shutdown   KEY MESSAGE: IFQ Customer Support is currently unavailable to take phone calls or e-mails due to the lapse in federal government FY18 appropriations. During the government shutdown IFQ participants can leave messages for Catch Share Support at…

NOAA

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…