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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…


NOAA Report Shows Rich Diversity Across U.S. Fishing Communities

A new report by NOAA’s Fisheries Service detailing the diverse demographics of 222 American saltwater fishing communities will help the agency design management strategies that will lead to more sustainable fisheries. “Fisheries management depends on an understanding of how people in coastal communities interact with marine ecosystems and how their…


“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…


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…


NOAA Establishes Eight Marine Protected Areas to Provide Safe Havens for Deep-Water Fish

NOAA has established eight separate marine protected areas encompassing a total of 529 square nautical miles in south Atlantic federal waters to shield deep-water fish species and their habitats from fishing. All fishing for snappers, groupers, tilefishes, grunts, porgies, and sea basses is prohibited throughout the protected areas, which are…


NOAA Proposes Interim Northeast Groundfish Rules

NOAA is proposing measures to govern Northeast groundfish fisheries beginning May 1, 2009, the start of the new fishing year. The measures strive to reduce overfishing, continue rebuilding of groundfish stocks, and provide more options for fishing businesses trying to mitigate the economic effects of the measures while the New…


NOAA Proposes Guidelines for Fishery Disaster Determinations

NOAA’s Fisheries Service is seeking comment on a proposed rule that outlines guidelines and procedures for initiating or responding to requests for fishery disaster determinations. The proposed rule, which has been in development for more than six months, clarifies and interprets fishery disaster determination provisions and establishes definitions and characteristics…


Coastal Land Preserved on 15th Anniversary of Major Oil Spill off Puerto Rico

422 Acre San Miguel Natural Reserve Protects Beachfront, Habitat for Fish, Turtles and Birds On the 15th anniversary of a million-gallon oil spill that damaged the coastline of Puerto Rico, NOAA and partner organizations are celebrating the purchase of 152 acres to expand a coastal reserve near one of the…


NOAA to Create Saltwater Angler Registry in 2010

Final rule gives states more time to implement local data gathering NOAA’s Fisheries Service released its final rule today to create a national saltwater angler registry of all marine recreational fishermen to help the nation better protect our shared marine resources. A requirement to establish a registry was included in…