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A Win for Gulf Reef Fish Conservation
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A Win for Gulf Reef Fish Conservation

Alexandria, VA  – The Direct Enhancement of Snapper Conservation and the Economy through Novel Devices Act of 2020 (DESCEND Act) was signed into law on January 13. The bipartisan law requires recreational (including charter boats) and commercial fishermen to have on board a venting tool or descending device that is rigged and ready for use...

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New Reefs Deployed off NJ Coast

On  Thursday, January 14, the Division’s Bureau of Marine Fisheries expanded the state’s artificial reef network through deployments on Little Egg and Manasquan Inlet Reefs. A 200-foot-long barge along with a 45-foot tugboat and 40-foot push boat were deployed at the Little Egg Reef site. These deployments were sponsored by the Beach Haven Charter Boat...

North Carolina Coastal Cleanup Feb. 6
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North Carolina Coastal Cleanup Feb. 6

The North Carolina Coastal Federation’s northeast office is looking for extra hands from 9-11:30 a.m. Feb. 6 to help with debris cleanups of estuarine shoreline and roadsides. There will be cleanups in Wanchese, Nags Head and Rodanthe. Trash bags, gloves and other cleanup materials will be provided. Participants will be required to wear a mask...

MiCorps Stream Cleanup/Monitoring Grants Available
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MiCorps Stream Cleanup/Monitoring Grants Available

The Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps), a network of volunteer monitoring programs that collect and share surface water quality data throughout the state, is accepting 2021 funding proposals for two grant programs. Volunteer Stream Cleanup Program: A total of $25,000 is available for grants (ranging from $500 to $5,000) to support local units of governments...

Eel Grass Decline on Chesapeake Bay
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Eel Grass Decline on Chesapeake Bay

It was a bad sign last spring when Bob Orth answered the phone and the words spilled out from the other end. “Where did all the grass go?” The fisherman on the line had for years been catching speckled trout in the large bed of eelgrass at Dameron Marsh near the mouth of the Potomac...

TU Partnership Restores California Salmon Habitat
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TU Partnership Restores California Salmon Habitat

Trout Unlimited works with many different types of partners in developing and completing stream restoration projects. Mining and timber companies, ranchers and wine grape growers, private landowners and water suppliers are among the diverse entities that make possible TU’s efforts to enhance dry season flows, habitat productivity, and fish passage in key salmon and trout...

Florida’s Charlotte Harbor Plagued by Growing Algae Blooms
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Florida’s Charlotte Harbor Plagued by Growing Algae Blooms

People often mistakenly assume that environmental decline and the loss of fisheries that goes with it occur gradually. So if a problem is seen, like algae blooms or fish kills, we can use these events as warnings and correct the causes and all will be good. Sadly, this is not typically the case. Instead, an...

Simrad Continues Partnership with Gray Fish Tagging
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Simrad Continues Partnership with Gray Fish Tagging

Simrad Yachting – a division of Navico and leader in the design and manufacture of world-class marine navigation, autopilot, radar, communications and fishfinding systems – announced today the continued sponsorship of Gray FishTag Research (GFR). This ongoing support includes a monetary donation, as well as marine electronics to auction as part of their fundraising efforts....

Whooshh System Shoots Fish Over Dams
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Whooshh System Shoots Fish Over Dams

BERKELEY COUNTY, South Carolina — Their arrival up East Coast rivers is one of the most anticipated events of the spring. Festivals are even held to celebrate their return. We’re talking about the American Shad, an anadromous fish that spends most of its life in the Atlantic Ocean and returns to coastal rivers and tributaries each spring to...

B&TT Calls for 4-Month Closure at Western Dry Rocks
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B&TT Calls for 4-Month Closure at Western Dry Rocks

Voice your support for a four-month closure at Western Dry Rocks. The future of the Keys permit fishery depends on it.  After lengthy consideration of a temporary four-month fishing closure at Western Dry Rocks, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently agreed to test a two-month closure instead. Less than half of what the ecosystem...