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“Dam Cam” to Capture Removal of New Hampshire’s Merrimack Village Dam

For more than 270 years, the Merrimack Village Dam helped power saw mills, gristmills, a shoe factory and provided water for a chemical factory. No longer powering industry and scheduled for demolition, the dam has one last role to play — that of movie star. Beginning this week, NOAA, in…


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 Administrator Applauds Senate Bill to Combat Illegal Fishing

Retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad Lautenbacher, Ph.D., Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, today applauded the Senate Commerce Committee for reporting S. 2907, the International Fisheries Stewardship and Enforcement Act, out of committee. Among its provisions, this legislation would clarify and strengthen the Department of Commerce’s…


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…


NOAA Study Shows Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean Dolphin Populations Improving

Two Dolphin Stocks May Be Recovering from Tuna Fishing Practices The numbers of Northeastern offshore spotted and eastern spinner dolphins in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean are increasing after being severely depleted because of accidental death in the tuna purse-seine fishery between 1960 and 1990, according to biologists from NOAA’s…


NOAA Outlines Annual Catch Limits to End Overfishing

NOAA’s Fisheries Service today outlined a plan to establish annual catch limits designed to help restore federally managed marine fish stocks. Annual catch limits are the amount of each type of fish allowed to be caught in a year and are required by the 2007 amendments to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery…


East Coast Trap/Pot Fishermen May Get More Time to Convert to Sinking Groundline

NOAA’s Fisheries Service is proposing that East Coast trap/pot fishermen get six additional months to switch from floating to sinking groundline, a conversion that will help reduce the risk of entangling large whales in fishing gear. NOAA is proposing the extension to ensure all crab and fish trap/pot operations, which…


New Study Finds Most North Pacific Humpback Whale Populations Rebounding

Some Humpback Populations Still Slow to Recover The number of humpback whales in the North Pacific Ocean has increased since international and federal protections were enacted in the 1960s and 70s, according to a new study funded primarily by NOAA and conducted by more than 400 whale researchers throughout the…


NOAA’s Fisheries Service Issues Far-Reaching Plans for Protecting Northwest Salmon

NOAA’s Fisheries Service, the federal agency charged with protecting Northwest salmon listed under the Endangered Species Act, released today a trio of biological opinions that provide comprehensive, far-reaching plans for the protected salmon species. A biological opinion, a requirement of the ESA, sets forth benchmarks other federal agencies must meet…