Offshore Wind and Dead Whales

Humpback whales, similar to this one, have been involved in a number of strandings and deaths off the New York Bight in recent months. Elianne Dipp via Pexels While I hate to say it, whale strandings and deaths along the East Coast aren’t particularly unusual anymore. Since 2016, there’s been a whopping 178 whale mortality […]

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The Fight Over Red Grouper in the Gulf

Red grouper are a prized catch in the Gulf of Mexico for both recreational and commercial fishermen. Alex Suescun The Gulf of Mexico is back in the news. Or still in the news, anyway. But the news is not about red snapper this time — it’s about red grouper. And it’s still a heated conversation […]

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Right Whale, Wrong Tack

The right whale named “Snow Cone” and calf sighted off Fernandina Beach, Florida in 2022. Snow Cone has been entangled in rope since March 2021. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken under NOAA permit 20556-01 If you know me, you likely know that in addition to owning a charter fishing business, I’ve dedicated a […]

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Great Lakes Ice Coverage is Down

Lake Huron, January 13, 2023 PHOTO COURTESY OF NOAA COASTWATCH GREAT LAKES Mild temperatures this year have impacted ice coverage and thickness on all the Great Lakes, reports CBC, a trend that is consistent with years over the past decade. According to Jay Austin, who studies Lake Superior at the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Large […]

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Cod Spawning Concerns at Wind Farm Site

An offshore wind energy project taking place off Massachusetts and Rhode Island has the potential to disrupt codfish spawning in the area. Courtesy Department of Energy It is hard to deny that there are multiple and likely unnecessary layers of bureaucracy related to ocean development. If one sides with the developers, this bureaucracy is a […]

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Coast Guard Stops Illegal Fishing Near Texas

The Coast Guard recently stopped five lanchas with 22 Mexican fishermen engaged in illegal fishing near Texas. Courtesy US Coast Guard The Coast Guard recently detained 22 Mexican citizens for allegedly poaching nearly 600 pounds of red snapper and sharks near the Texas coast. Boat crews, air crews and the Cutter Jacob Poroo caught the […]

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Eight Nasty Fish You Don’t Want to Catch

Not all the fish we hook can be trophies. Some of our catches can elicit groans rather than high fives. Here are eight fish (well, technically, seven) most anglers would rather not catch (and what to expect if you do have a close encounter). Read more about these Rodney Dangerfields of the fishing realm. Moray […]

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NOAA Examines Poor Chinook, Chum Salmon Runs in Alaska

Image: NOAA. An updated research report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is providing new insight into historically poor chinook and chum salmon runs in Alaska. A report published in early December in SeafoodSource says the latest research from NOAA indicates poor diet, changes in metabolism and increases in parasitic infection are contributing […]

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NOAA, BOEM Develop Joint Strategy for Fisheries Surveys

File photo of an offshore wind farm. A Federal Survey Mitigation Strategy developed by NOAA Fisheries and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is the new vehicle for the two agencies to address potential impacts of offshore wind energy development on NOAA Fisheries’ scientific surveys. An announcement from NOAA on Monday, Dec. 5 stated that […]

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Bumphead Parrotfish on a Fly

These aren’t stealthy fish. In fact, if you are on the flats when they come in, you’ll likely see them from a mile away. A giant herd of slow-moving, alien-looking fish gently flopping their bluey-green tails on the surface. But spotting them and landing them are two different things entirely! If you have the chance, […]

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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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