NMFS’ Furuness Honored with Distinguished Service Award

Mary Furuness, a supervisory fish management specialist, receives the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Bob Mace Distinguished Service Award from council chair Simon Kinneen. Image: NPFMC. Federal fisheries managers have honored Mary Furuness, a supervisory fish management specialist with the agency’s Alaska regional office, with the Bob Mace Distinguished Service Award for her years of […]

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Decision on Fishing in Cook Inlet EEZ Goes to Feds

Image: North Pacific Fishery Management Council. Members of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council took no action during its April meetings regarding amending the fishery management plan for salmon in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) waters off of Cook Inlet. The inaction now puts the decision in the hands of the National Marine Fisheries Service […]

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Down Nominated for Reappointment to NPFMC

Image: North Pacific Fishery Management Council. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has nominated seafood industry veteran Kenny Down for reappointment to one of two obligatory Washington state seats on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. Inslee made his recommendation on March 7 to Janet Colt, assistant administrator for Fisheries with the National Marine Fisheries Service. Down […]

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2023 Commercial Ocean Troll Salmon Fishery Cancelled

Image: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Commercial ocean troll salmon fishery seasons that were scheduled to open between March 15 and May 15 in all areas from Cape Falcon to the Oregon-California border have been cancelled for 2023, officials with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) announced March 9. They said the […]

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NMFS Reinstates ESA Consultations on BSAI and GOA Groundfish Management Plans

Image: National Marine Fisheries Service. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) has reinstated steps in the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to evaluate effects of fisheries managed under the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska, on ESA-listed species and designated critical habitats. State of Alaska parallel groundfish fisheries are also subject to evaluation. North […]

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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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