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NOAA Fisheries is Increasing Observer Coverage of the South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Fishery
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NOAA Fisheries is Increasing Observer Coverage of the South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Fishery

After evaluating the various fisheries in the region, NOAA Fisheries has determined that the snapper-grouper fishery would benefit from increased observer coverage. The increased coverage began July 1, 2022. Previously, only commercial vessels with vertical line gear had observer coverage. The increased coverage will now include vessels utilizing all gear types. Why is Increased Coverage...

Florida Angler Sentenced for Illegal Fishing in Bahamas
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Florida Angler Sentenced for Illegal Fishing in Bahamas

Henry J. Danzig of Tavernier, Florida, was sentenced to one year probation and a substantial payment of restitution to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. He was sentenced for illegally harvesting commercial quantities of reef fish from Bahamian waters. The reef fish were harvested near Cay Sal Bank, in The Bahamas, and transported back to the United...

Florida Resident Charged for Guiding in Louisiana Waters
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Florida Resident Charged for Guiding in Louisiana Waters

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited a Florida resident for alleged charter guide violations in St. Bernard Parish on Dec. 4. Agents cited Max McKinley, 24, of Stuart, Florida, for failing to comply with charter boat regulations by not having a charter guide license, failing to provide proof of liability insurance,...

Coast Guard Terminates Illegal Charter in Fort Lauderdale Waters
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Coast Guard Terminates Illegal Charter in Fort Lauderdale Waters

MIAMI — Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale and Coast Guard Investigative Service law enforcement officers terminated the voyage of the 31-foot vessel Lady Di, Friday, due to illegally operating as a small passenger vessel near the 15th Street Marina, Fort Lauderdale.  During the boarding, the law enforcement team discovered the vessel had nine passengers-for-hire and one credentialed...

Sonar Again Assists in Recovery of Drowning Victim
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Sonar Again Assists in Recovery of Drowning Victim

Oconee COUNTY, S.C. — Members of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ (SCDNR) Dive Team  made a  recovery on Saturday in the search for a missing kayaker in the Martin Creek area of Lake Hartwell. SCDNR was contacted early Saturday morning (11/6/2021) at approximately 2:30 a.m. after a group of three kayakers who left from...

Louisiana DWF Investigating Boating Fatality
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Louisiana DWF Investigating Boating Fatality

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents are investigating a fatal boating incident that occurred in Catahoula Parish on Sept. 5. The body of Kevin E. Evans, 50, of Lafayette, was turned over to the Catahoula Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death. Agents were notified around 6:39 p.m. on Sept....

Avoid Citations–Tag Halibut and Salmon
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Avoid Citations–Tag Halibut and Salmon

NEWPORT, Ore – ODFW and Oregon State Police have seen an increase in improperly tagged fish during the 2021 halibut and salmon seasons resulting in many citations to licensed anglers. Anyone fishing who had not properly tagged (or not tagged at all) their catch of salmon or halibut received citations during recent offshore boat patrols...

Louisiana DFW Arrests Boater for Hit and Run and More
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Louisiana DFW Arrests Boater for Hit and Run and More

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents arrested a Carencro man today, Aug. 16, for his alleged involvement in a boating incident that occurred in Pointe Coupee Parish. Agents arrested Chris Richard, 64, for felony hit and run, careless operation of a vessel and negligent injury and booked him into the Pointe Coupee...

Louisiana Bowfishing Guide Gets 4th Citation for Charter Violations
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Louisiana Bowfishing Guide Gets 4th Citation for Charter Violations

A Metairie man was sentenced in 25th Judicial District Court on Aug. 12 in Plaquemines Parish for charter guide violations. Jeremy Roussel, 40, with Bowfishing Unlimited, pled guilty to his fourth offense of not abiding by the states charter guide regulations as set forth in Title 56. The Honorable Judge Kevin Conner accepted Roussel’s plea...

Illegal Flounder Harvest/Sale in South Carolina
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Illegal Flounder Harvest/Sale in South Carolina

BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C.— South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) Conservation Officers in Beaufort County last month charged multiple individuals and businesses after a wide-ranging investigation into the illegal commercial harvest and sale of flounder and other saltwater finfish species.In the early morning hours of July 10, 2021, following a three-month investigation that began in...