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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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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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June Council Update

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met in Key West, Florida, June 18-21, 2018. The following is a brief summary of the Council’s actions:   Coral and Habitat After hearing a summary of the comments received during public hearings and listening to public testimony, the Council took final action on Coral Amendment 9. The…

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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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Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Opens to Address the Needs of Fishing Communities

NOAA Fisheries is pleased to announce the 2019 Saltonstall-Kennedy (S-K) Grant competition is currently open. The goal of the S-K program is to fund projects that address the needs of fishing communities, optimize economic benefits by building and maintaining sustainable fisheries, and increase other opportunities to keep working waterfronts viable. The FY19 solicitation seeks applications…

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Commercial Harvest of King Mackerel Closes in the Northern Zone on May 15, 2018 (Updated 5/17/18)

FB18-030 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: May 11, 2018 CONTACT: Kelli O’Donnell, 727-824-5305,Kelli.O’Donnell@noaa.gov WHAT/WHEN/WHERE:  Commercial harvest of king mackerel in federal waters of the Northern Zone will close at 12:01 am (local time) on May 15, 2018. The Northern Zone for Gulf of Mexico king mackerel is located in federal waters between a line at 87°31.1′…