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The 2022 Lionfish Challenge
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The 2022 Lionfish Challenge

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is excited to announce the 2022 Lionfish Challenge tournament, which kicks off May 20 and ends Sept. 6. The Lionfish Challenge is a summer-long lionfish tournament open to competitors around the state of Florida. This is the seventh year of the Lionfish Challenge and our goal is...

Fish Passage Inspired by Nature
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Fish Passage Inspired by Nature

Cape Fear River Watch and partners have just completed modifications to the nature-like fishway at Lock and Dam Number 1, on the Cape Fear River, in North Carolina. The modifications will improve fish passage for migratory fish that use the river as nursery habitat.  NOAA’s Southeast Habitat Conservation Division, an active partner of the Cape Fear River Watch, provided...

MSU-led Effort Spawns Creation of New Migratory Freshwater Fish Database
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MSU-led Effort Spawns Creation of New Migratory Freshwater Fish Database

EAST LANSING, Mich. — A Michigan State University-led team of scientists has assembled the North American Freshwater Migratory Fish Database, which brings together life history information on 1,250 species to inform conservation practices. A paper chronicling the effort was published in the Journal of Biogeography. The development of the database was led by Emily Dean,...

Union Volunteers Build 85 Fish Habitats
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Union Volunteers Build 85 Fish Habitats

Spring Hill, Tenn. – In partnership with Major League Fishing’s Fisheries Management Division (MLF-FMD), Mercury Marine and MossBack Fish Habitat, the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and its volunteer work force recently completed a fish habitat enhancement project on the 640-acre Duck River Reservoir in Cullman, Alabama. Six union members, representing Iron Workers Local 92, UA...

Amazon Deforestation Threatens Newly Discovered Fish Species
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Amazon Deforestation Threatens Newly Discovered Fish Species

Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History researcher Murilo Pastana and his colleagues have discovered and described two new species of Amazonian fish—one with striking red-orange fins and the other so small it is technically considered a miniature fish species—in a paper published today, May 16, in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. Both species inhabit...

Defying the Odds
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Defying the Odds

For more than 50 years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Nevada Department of Wildlife and their partners have used scuba and surface monitoring for Devils Hole pupfish and it appears conservation and recovery efforts are paying off. This past April, scientists counted 175 pupfish – the most observed of this critically...

Better Striped Bass Fishing Ahead
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Better Striped Bass Fishing Ahead

After years of angler support for better striped bass management solutions, the Striped Bass Management Board of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted last week to overhaul its management plan to better rebuild populations of striped bass—our nation’s largest marine recreational fishery. This is the first substantive regulatory change to the Atlantic striped bass...

World Fish Migration Day 2022
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World Fish Migration Day 2022

May 21, 2022 is World Fish Migration Day—a global celebration to raise awareness on the importance of free flowing rivers and migratory fish. Take a look at these features to learn how NOAA Fisheries works to address barriers to fish migration and open their passage ways. Fish Migration Features Decades of Dam Removals Help Fish Reach...

Applicants Sought for ASMFC Advisory Panels
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Applicants Sought for ASMFC Advisory Panels

The Division of Marine Fisheries is seeking qualified applicants to serve as a Massachusetts representative on the stakeholder-based Advisory Panels of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). The ASMFC is the interstate management body (Maine–Florida) that adopts fishery management plans for nearshore, migratory species in state waters. Species-specific advisory panels provide information and recommendations...

Striped Bass Amendment 7 Recap
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Striped Bass Amendment 7 Recap

This blog is intended to give our readers a very brief recap of what happened at the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Striped Bass Board Meeting on Wednesday. A comprehensive blog will be published next week by our President, Capt. John McMurray. It takes a while to write a long article detailing all the twists and turns....