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NOAA Announces Measures to Rebuild Blacknose Sharks, Manage Smooth Dogfish and End Overfishing of Shortfin Mako Sharks

NOAA’s Fisheries Service today outlined new measures to rebuild the populations of blacknose sharks, help end overfishing on shortfin mako sharks, and begin management of smooth dogfish. The public may review the Final Environmental Impact Statement on the measures, which are expected to go into effect this June “The new…


Commerce Secretary Determines Blue Crab Disaster in Chesapeake Bay

U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez today determined that a decline in the harvest of soft shell and peeler blue crabs in Chesapeake Bay is a commercial fishery failure. The declaration is an important step in making watermen and their communities eligible for economic assistance. The harvest value of soft…


NOAA Seeks Comment on Recovery Plan for Middle Columbia River Steelhead

NOAA’s Fisheries Service, the federal agency charged with protecting salmon listed under the Endangered Species Act, is seeking public comment on a proposed recovery plan for steelhead in the middle Columbia River. Today’s proposed plan, required under the act, is the product of a collaboration begun by NOAA with help…


NOAA Proposes Critical Habitat for Southern Population of North American Green Sturgeon

NOAA’s Fisheries Service is seeking public comment on a proposal that identifies critical habitat for a distinct group of North American green sturgeon that spawn in California’s Sacramento River but migrate along the west coast of Mexico, the United States, and Canada. In April 2006, NOAA’s Fisheries Service listed what…


Dutch Harbor-Unalaska, Alaska, and New Bedford, Mass. Remain Top Fishing Ports

Commercial fishermen unloaded 777.2 million pounds of fish, primarily Alaskan pollock, at the port of Dutch Harbor-Unalaska, Alaska, making it the country’s top port for landings in 2007, NOAA’s Fisheries Service announced today. The port of New Bedford, Mass., claimed the top spot for value of landings, primarily due to…


Recreational Catch Down Slightly, Remains Second Highest Catch in Decade

Marine recreational anglers caught more than 468 million fish in 2007, down slightly from last year’s historic high of 475 million fish, but still the second highest recreational catch total in the last ten years. The overall number of fish caught and kept also declined slightly, from 214 million to196…


Marylands’ Historic Octoraro Creek Trail Reopens To The Public

CONOWINGO — The newest addition to the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway, Octoraro Creek Trail, is now open to the public. The trail, a half-mile walking path through wooded land that begins at the Octoraro Creek Bridge on Route 222 and ends at the Susquehanna River, provides greater opportunities for kayaking,…


NOAA’s Fisheries Service Encourages Applicants for Advisory Panel

Please Submit Applications by July 21 NOAA’s Fisheries Service is seeking applicants for the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee, the only federal advisory panel charged with advising the Secretary of Commerce on living marine resource issues that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce. “We encourage interested members of the…


NOAA: Seven Stocks Removed from Overfishing List, None Added

2007 status of U.S. fisheries report released NOAA announced today that seven stocks have been removed from the overfishing list and no new stocks added in their annual report to Congress on the status of fishing stocks. The report tracks both population levels and harvest rates for species caught in…


NOAA Proposes Rule to Require Saltwater Angler Registration

NOAA’s Fisheries Service is seeking comment on a proposed rule that requires anglers and spearfishers who fish recreationally in federal ocean waters to be registered before fishing in 2009. The rule would also require registration by those who may catch anadromous species anywhere, including striped bass, salmon and shad that…