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Fishing Line Cleanup on Tampa Bay
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Fishing Line Cleanup on Tampa Bay

The 28th Annual Fishing Line Island Cleanup in partnership with Audubon Florida is a do-it-yourself event, where participants will travel out to their designated location by personal boat/other watercraft any day between October 4th – October 18th to target shorelines where cast line has been caught in the treeline. Volunteers will compile the recovered monofilament,...

NOAA Awards $7.3 Million for Marine Debris Removal
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NOAA Awards $7.3 Million for Marine Debris Removal

Today, NOAA announced $7.3 million in fiscal year 2021 grants supporting 25 projects to address the harmful effects of marine debris on wildlife, navigation safety, ecosystem health, and the economy. With the addition of non-federal matching contributions, the total investment in these marine debris projects is approximately $14.7 million. The grants, selected after a rigorous...

Update from The Billfish Foundation
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Update from The Billfish Foundation

The Billfish Foundation maintains the largest private tag and release database in the world, with 260,000 records by 150,000 anglers. In 2020 alone, TBF anglers and captains tagged, released, or recaptured 7,000 billfish and tuna across the world. Of these 7,000 new records, 1,263 were of blue marlin. Like with sailfish, there is some debate...

Reopening Rivers to Migratory Fish in the Northeast
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Reopening Rivers to Migratory Fish in the Northeast

Every year, millions of fish along the Atlantic coast migrate up rivers and streams to reproduce or spend part of their lives. But they are often blocked from completing their journeys by barriers such as dams and culverts. NOAA Fisheries works to reopen these migratory pathways, restoring access to healthy habitat for fish. Our efforts...

Marine Reserve Proposed for Long Island Sound
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Marine Reserve Proposed for Long Island Sound

NOAA and the State of Connecticut are asking for public comment on a proposal to designate a national estuarine research reserve in Long Island Sound. Estuarine reserves protect a section of an estuary and provide a living laboratory to explore and understand important areas where rivers meet the sea, thus promoting understanding and informed management...

Zebra Mussels Confirmed in Minnesota’s Rainy Lake
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Zebra Mussels Confirmed in Minnesota’s Rainy Lake

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussel larvae in Rainy Lake, near International Falls in St. Louis County. Rainy Lake straddles the Minnesota and Canada border. Around one-third of Rainy Lake is located within Voyageurs National Park. The zebra mussel larvae were found in waters outside the park boundary. Four of five...

Major Victory for Citizen Coalition in NC Coastal Fisheries Lawsuit
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Major Victory for Citizen Coalition in NC Coastal Fisheries Lawsuit

A lawsuit seeking to hold the State accountable for mismanaging North Carolina’s coastal fisheries resources is moving ahead after a Court rejected the State’s motion to dismiss “in its entirety,” a decisive victory for the group of 86 citizen plaintiffs and the Coastal Conservation Association of North Carolina who brought the lawsuit in November 2020....

Sugar Growers Sue To Stop Army Corps From Using Everglades Reservoir
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Sugar Growers Sue To Stop Army Corps From Using Everglades Reservoir

Last Thursday, Florida Crystals and U.S. Sugar filed lawsuits against the Army Corps of Engineers regarding future water management in the EAA Reservoir, a federally approved storage reservoir that will help store, clean, and send more water south from Lake Okeechobee to the Everglades. South Florida has suffered from harmful Lake O discharges caused by reduced flows...

Trout Unlimited Applauds Big Win for Small Streams
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Trout Unlimited Applauds Big Win for Small Streams

ARLINGTON, Va.—In a decision that restores critical Clean Water Act protections for small headwater streams and wetlands across the country, a federal judge has vacated the 2020 “Navigable Waters Protection Rule” developed by the previous administration. Over the past two years, Trout Unlimited scientists have documented how drafters of the rule failed to assess its...

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AFWA Applauds Expanded Fishing and Hunting Opportunities on 2.1 Million Acres

Washington D.C. – The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies applauds this week’s announcement that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has opened new or expanded hunting and sport fishing opportunities across 2.1 million acres, the largest expansion of outdoor recreation opportunities in recent history. This expansion of outdoor recreation is consistent with the administration’s...