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Wildlife Commission Deploys Fish Attractors in Sutton Lake, N.C.

Category Archives: Saltwater Fishing

New NOAA Online Handbook Helps Teachers and Community Groups Create an Oral History of the Fishing Culture

A new handbook published online today by NOAA’s Fisheries Service gives teachers, community groups, and the public a detailed roadmap of how to design and conduct oral history projects that celebrate the people, history and culture of our nation’s coastal and Great Lakes fishing communities. “Capturing the stories and experiences…


FWC Proposes Gulf Grouper Rule Changes in Florida State Waters

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on Thursday proposed new rules for the recreational and commercial harvest of grouper in Gulf of Mexico state waters.  The proposed rules follow up on interim measures taken earlier this year and will generally match state grouper rules with pending federal regulations. …


Four Million Cubic Yards of Dredge Rock to be Deployed at Nine Reefs

Beginning in April 2009, four million cubic yards of rock generated from New York District, Army Corps of Engineers dredging operations will be deployed on nine New Jersey reefs over the next three years as part of the Artificial Reef Program. The dredge rock, consisting of shale, sandstone and granite…


Abalone Fishing Season Opens April 1 North of San Francisco Bay

California’s popular red abalone sport fishery season will open April 1 in waters north of San Francisco Bay. Anyone who takes abalone must record their catch on an abalone report card and tag the animal with tags corresponding to the report card. “Abalone report cards have greatly increased the consistency…


NOAA’s Fisheries Service Proposes Listing Pacific Smelt as Threatened Species

Little Fish Was Once Abundant from California to British Columbia NOAA’s Fisheries Service said today it is proposing to list Pacific smelt as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Final action on the proposal could come as soon as a year from now. Pacific smelt, known officially as eulachon and…


“Don’t Feed Wild Dolphins” Says New Public Service Announcement

Illegal feeding harms both animals and humans “Just stop feeding me!” says an animated dolphin in a new public service announcement released today that highlights the dangers of dolphins getting hooked on human handouts. The PSA was produced by a coalition of government agencies and private organizations. The PSA reminds…


N.C. Commission to Construct Coastal Boating Access Areas

RALEIGH, N.C.  – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is working with two towns and a county to build three new boating access areas in the state’s coastal region. The free 24-hour ramps and parking areas will provide boaters from across the state access to public waters. “One of our goals…


Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative Creates Two New Reefs off Ocean City Coast with Retired New York City Subway Cars

Research Reef and the Isle of Wight Reef Created OCEAN CITY, MD – Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative (MARI) partners including the Ocean City Reef Foundation, MTA New York City Transit, the Town of Ocean City, CCA MD and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), placed 44 retired New York…


NOAA Issues Final Guidance on Annual Catch Limits to End Overfishing

NOAA’s Fisheries Service issued final guidance on annual catch limits designed to help restore federally managed marine fish stocks and end overfishing. Annual catch limits are amounts of fish allowed to be caught in a year. The 2007 amendments to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act required fishery management…


Maryland DNR Biologists Complete Annual Oyster Surveys

5th Consecutive Year of Good Native-Oyster Survivorship Oxford, Md. — Maryland Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologists recently concluded the 2008 oyster survey, an annual assessment of the health and population of oyster bars in Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay. Since 1939, each fall biologists use a dredge to…