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NOAA Report: Four Fish Stocks Declared Fully Rebuilt

Largest Number of Stocks Rebuilt Since 2001 NOAA’s Fisheries Service reported to Congress today that four stocks – Atlantic bluefish, Gulf of Mexico king mackerel and two stocks of monkfish in the Atlantic – have been rebuilt to allow for continued sustainable fishing. This is the largest number of stocks…


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’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…


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…


NOAA’s Fisheries Service Releases an Additional $70 Million in Disaster Aid to West Coast Salmon Fishing Industry

NOAA’s Fisheries Service announced it is making an additional $70 million in disaster-relief aid available to West Coast salmon fishermen, completing a financial-assistance package announced in September, when the agency released $100 million in disaster assistance. The agency will provide the money to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. The…


NOAA Announces Up to $2 Million for Sockeye Salmon Disaster Affecting Puget Sound Fishermen

NOAA’s Fisheries Service today announced that several Northwest Indian tribes and the state of Washington will be eligible for up to a total of $2 million to assist tribal and non-tribal communities affected by the commercial fishery failure in Fraser River sockeye salmon. “The assistance we are announcing will help…


Commerce Secretary Determines Sockeye Salmon Disaster Affecting Puget Sound Fishermen

U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez determined that there has been a commercial fishery failure due to a continued fisheries resource disaster in the sockeye salmon fisheries in Puget Sound and the northern Pacific coast of Washington. “Several Northwest Indian tribes and non-tribal fishermen in the state of Washington have…


NOAA Seeks Comments on Measures to Protect Marine Mammals as Navy Conducts Sonar Operations off the Coast of Southern California

NOAA’s Fisheries Service is seeking comments through Nov. 13 on its proposed authorization for Navy training exercises off the coast of Southern California . The NOAA proposal includes protective measures designed to minimize effects on marine mammals. The Navy has requested an authorization under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, because…