RBFF submits comment to NOAA over vessel speed rule

The organizations representing recreational fishing and boating in the United States this week urged the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to pause its proposed North Atlantic Right Whale Vessel Strike Reduction Rule, citing numerous significant flaws with the proposal. The proposed rule would broaden the current 10-knot (11.5 mph) speed restriction to include vessels 35 feet […]

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Sailfish Can’t Resist These Baits and Lures

Anglers can catch sailfish trolling or live-baiting. What’s your preferred choice? George Poveromo Outside of extreme southern Florida and the Florida Keys (where live-baiting is widely practiced for sailfish), trolling natural baits, lures or both together is the best option. The reason why is because anglers must cover greater bottom expanses to find sailfish. Live-baiting […]

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Report Recommends That Fisheries Service Share Climate Resilience Information

Image via NOAA Fisheries. A report prepared for Congress by the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends that National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) work with regional fishery management councils to identify and prioritize opportunities to enhance climate resilience of federal fisheries. The report to congressional committees, released Aug. 18, found that many fisheries managers are […]

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NOAA Seeks Applicants for American Fisheries Advisory Committee

Image via NOAA Fisheries. NOAA Fisheries is seeking applications through Sept. 24 for the new American Fisheries Advisory Committee, which will make recommendations for Saltonstall-Kennedy priorities and grand award funding. The committee, with three representatives from each of six regions, was established in May by the American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act. The trio is to […]

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New Halibut Catch Sharing Plan Proposed for IPHC Area 2A

Image via International Pacific Halibut Commission. NOAA Fisheries has published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to create a permitting system for the Pacific halibut commercial and recreational charter halibut fisheries in International Pacific Halibut Commission Regulatory Area 2A offshore of Washington Oregon and California. The action would also establish a regulatory framework for […]

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More Management Issues With Gulf Red Snapper

Red snapper are a popular target for anglers in the Gulf of Mexico, but management of the species can be contentious. John Frazier Surprise, surprise! There are more problems with red snapper management in the Gulf of Mexico. It doesn’t seem possible, but it is true. While I can grasp the reasoning behind this complicated […]

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NMFS Extends Pacific Halibut Bycatch Retention in Oregon, Washington, California

Image via National Marine Fisheries Service. The National Marine Fisheries Service, aka NOAA Fisheries, has agreed in consultation with the states of Oregon, Washington and California has agreed to new rules for retention of Pacific halibut incidental harvests in the commercial troll salmon season in those states. Under current regulations, retention of Pacific halibut bycatch […]

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NMFS Extends Pacific Halibut Bycatch Retention in Oregon, Washington, California

Image via National Marine Fisheries Service. The National Marine Fisheries Service, aka NOAA Fisheries, has agreed in consultation with the states of Oregon, Washington and California has agreed to new rules for retention of Pacific halibut incidental harvests in the commercial troll salmon season in those states. Under current regulations, retention of Pacific halibut bycatch […]

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