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Category Archives: Saltwater Fishing

South Carolina Black Sea Bass catch limit likely lowered to five

The daily recreational catch limit of black sea bass will be reduced from 15 to five fish per angler in a recommendation by the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council. If approved by the NOAA Fishery Service, the new catch limit will go into effect when the 2011 fishing season for…


Gulf grouper recreational season opens April 1

The recreational harvest of shallow-water groupers in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters off Florida, except in all waters of Monroe County, reopens on April 1.  However, the recreational harvest of gag grouper is still prohibited in Gulf federal waters off Florida (beyond nine nautical miles from shore).  Also,…


DNR Launches Voluntary Commercial License Buy-Back Program To Aid Blue Crab Conservation

Federal Blue Crab Disaster Funds will be used to purchase commercial Unlimited Tidal Fish and Crab Harvester Licenses Annapolis, Md. (March 23, 2011) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering to buy and permanently retire Unlimited Tidal Fish (TFL) and Crab Harvester (CB) commercial fishing licenses on…


Federal Waters off South Carolina Closed to All Fishing for Brown, White, and Pink Shrimp Through June 6, 2011

Effective March 22, 2011, NOAA Fisheries Service has closed federal waters within 25 nautical miles of the state waters off South Carolina to the harvest of brown, pink, and white shrimp through June 6, 2011. South Carolina has closed its territorial waters to all shrimping as well. This action comes…


DNREC to hold public hearings on amendments to shark, fishing gear regulations on March 25

DOVER (March 18, 2011) – The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife will hold back-to-back public hearings beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, March 25 in the DNREC auditorium, Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, regarding proposed amendments to Atlantic shark regulations and Tidal Finfish Regulations on equipment and…


Virginia Man Breaks North Carolina Bluefin Tuna Record

MOREHEAD CITY – A Virginia man set a new North Carolina state record for bluefin when he reeled in an 805-pound, 8-ounce fish off Oregon Inlet last weekend. Corey Schultz, of Waverly, Va., caught the fish Saturday aboard the Sea Breeze out of Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. The fish measured…


Fishing seasons for halibut reflect higher catch quota

OLYMPIA – This year’s recreational halibut seasons will be similar to 2010 in Puget Sound, but may allow for more days of fishing off the coast under new catch quotas adopted by the International Pacific Halibut Commission. This year’s quota for Washington, Oregon and California is 910,000 pounds, up 12…


Razor-clam dig gets green light at ocean beaches March 19-22

OLYMPIA – Clam diggers today got a green light to proceed with a four-day razor-clam dig scheduled to begin Saturday, March 19, on four beaches. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig after marine toxin tests showed that the clams on those beaches are safe to…


Federal panel adopts options for ocean salmon sport fisheries

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Anglers fishing along the Washington coast will see a lower catch quota for chinook salmon this year even though the total number of fish expected to return is higher. Three ocean salmon-fishing options approved today by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) establish a lower harvest range…


DEM ANNOUNCES THAT SALTWATER FISHING LICENSES WILL BE AVAILABLE THIS WEEKEND AT NEW ENGLAND SALTWATER FISHING SHOW

PROVIDENCE — Recreational saltwater anglers will be able to obtain saltwater fishing licenses at the New England Saltwater Fishing Show at the RI Convention Center this week-end. The Show runs from Friday, March 11th through Sunday, March 13th. It is the largest saltwater fishing show in the Northeast. The Department…