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NOAA Fisheries Announces a Delay in the Effective Date for the Final Rule to Require Turtle Excluder Device Use for all Skimmer Trawl Vessels 40 Feet and Greater in Length

The following is provided as a courtesy:  KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries is delaying the effective date of the final rule amending the definition of tow time and requiring the use of TEDs designed to exclude small sea turtles in their nets in skimmer trawls 40 feet in length and greater in the Southeastern U.S. shrimp…

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It’s Official – The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Adds 14 Additional Reefs

s The 14 additional reefs and banks are officially part of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS). As of March 22, 2021, FGBNMS encompasses 17 reefs and banks located approximately 80-125 miles off the coasts of Texas and Louisiana. These banks are a combination of small underwater mountains, ridges, troughs, and hard-bottom patches. The…

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NOAA Seeking Input to Make Fisheries and Aquaculture More Resilient to Climate Change

This NOAA update is provided as a courtesy:  NOAA is collecting information in response to Section 216(c) of the Executive Order on tackling the climate crisis. NOAA is seeking public input in response to an Executive Order issued on January 27, 2021, titled Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. Section 216(c) of the Executive Order Directs…

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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee will Meet to Review Red Snapper Science

Meeting Notice March 17, 2021   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a four-day webinar of its Standing, Reef Fish, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees (SSC). The meeting will be held March 30 – April 2, 2021.   Along with three external independent reviewers, the SSC will begin by hearing…