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Category Archives: Saltwater Fishing

NOAA Proposes Measures to Rebuild Blacknose and Other Shark Populations

NOAA’s Fisheries Service is proposing several measures to end overfishing and rebuild blacknose sharks and other shark populations. Nine public hearings will be held on the proposal, from New England to the Gulf of Mexico, in August and September. “Our latest stock assessment found that the blacknose shark is depleted…


Spiny Lobster Seasons About to Begin in Florida

Recreational and commercial harvest seasons for spiny lobster in Florida are set to reopen soon.  The special two-day spiny lobster sport season comes first, July 29-30 this year, followed by the regular lobster season Aug. 6 – March 31. The special two-day sport season occurs on the last consecutive Wednesday…


NOAA Grant to Restore Galveston Bay Marsh a ‘Happy Surprise’ for State

AUSTIN, Texas — When the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration publicly announced the last week of June that it was providing $5,148,369 to help restore critical wetlands in West Galveston Bay, the news took Texas Parks and Wildlife Department staffers who wrote the grant request by surprise. “It’s a very…


Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Season to Open July 15

AUSTIN, Texas — The Gulf of Mexico commercial shrimp season for both state and federal waters will open 30 minutes after sunset Wednesday, July 15, 2009. The opening date is based on an evaluation of the biological, social and economic information to maximize the benefits to the industry and the…


NOAA Reports Bay’s Crab Population Rebounds but Juvenile Numbers Remain Low

While the overall crab population in the Chesapeake Bay rebounded significantly last year, the number of juvenile crabs remained well below the historical average, according to a report published by the NOAA-chaired Fisheries Steering Committee. “New regulations implemented by the various bay jurisdictions in 2008 seem to be working,” said…


Federal Agencies Protect More Gulf of Maine Atlantic Salmon

NOAA’s Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today extended Endangered Species Act protection to more Atlantic salmon by adding fish in the Penobscot, Kennebec, and Androscoggin rivers and their tributaries to the endangered Gulf of Maine population first listed in 2000. The decision is part of the…


NOAA’s Fisheries Service Seeks Public Comments on New Ways to Govern U.S. Swordfish, Bluefin Tuna Fishing

NOAA’s Fisheries Service is holding a series of public meetings this summer seeking comments on potential changes in the way commercial and recreational fishermen fish the U.S. quotas for swordfish and bluefin tuna in the Atlantic. In the case of both fish stocks, U.S. fishermen have not been able to…


Shark ID and Regulation Workshops Slated for Coastal Cities in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Parks and Wildlife Department coastal fisheries biologists will host five workshops in late June and early July to help anglers navigate new shark regulations that go into effect Sept. 1, 2009. The new regulations increase the minimum total length for most shark species from 24 inches…


NOAA Seeks Public Comment on Proposal to Protect Threatened Green Sturgeon

NOAA’s Fisheries Service is seeking public comment on a proposed rule that generally prohibits acts that would kill or harm a distinct group of North American green sturgeon that spawn in the Sacramento River. Listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, this distinct segment of green sturgeon is found…


NOAA Reduces Charter Halibut Catch

Long-term solution is catch share program In a new rule released, NOAA’s Fisheries Service reduced the number of halibut that charter vessel anglers in southeast Alaska can keep each day from two to one to protect  the halibut stock. “While today’s rule addresses an immediate need to better manage the…