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Recreational Bluefish Anglers Get 86 Percent Allocation
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Recreational Bluefish Anglers Get 86 Percent Allocation

NOAA Fisheries announces measures to implement Amendment 7 to the Atlantic Bluefish Fishery Management Plan (FMP), as adopted by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council. The purpose of this comprehensive amendment is to update the FMP with the best scientific information available, and to respond to changes in the fishery over time. Specifically, this action will:...

Fishing Guides React to Shark Depredation on Hooked Fish
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Fishing Guides React to Shark Depredation on Hooked Fish

AMHERST, Mass. – In a broad-scale study recently published in Fisheries Research, researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst quantified the emotional and behavioral responses to shark depredation in recreational fisheries. The study found that anglers, and especially recreational fishing guides, who experienced depredation were more likely to have a negative response towards sharks and...

Florida Flounder Reopens Dec. 1
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Florida Flounder Reopens Dec. 1

The recreational harvest of flounder in all state and federal waters will reopen Dec. 1. The minimum size limit for flounder is 14 inches total length and the daily recreational bag limit is five fish per person. This annual season closure and other management measures were approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission...

When Some Western Dams Are Removed, Fish Thrive
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When Some Western Dams Are Removed, Fish Thrive

In 2014, the final pieces of two dams on the Elwha River in Washington were removed. The famous river restoration and fish recovery story was decades in the making and culminated in what is now a free-flowing Elwha from its source high in Olympic National Park to the sea. The river became a living laboratory...

Utah’s 90-Pound “Minnow”
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Utah’s 90-Pound “Minnow”

When most people hear the word “minnow,” they probably think of tiny baitfish, but the Colorado pikeminnow is anything but tiny. It is the largest minnow in North America and is only found in the Colorado River Basin — nowhere else in the world. In the early 1900s, the Colorado pikeminnow was a popular target...

Black Drum Webinar Workshop Dec. 7-9
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Black Drum Webinar Workshop Dec. 7-9

Arlington, VA – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will convene a Data Workshop as part of the development of a benchmark stock assessment for black drum that will be used to  inform management.  At the Workshop, the Black Drum Technical Committee and Stock Assessment Committee will conduct a thorough review of all available data....

NOAA Fisheries MRIP Seminar November 30
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NOAA Fisheries MRIP Seminar November 30

NOAA Fisheries’ Marine Recreational Information Program will host its second data user seminar on Tuesday, November 30, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. ET. The training session will provide an overview of the program’s survey designs and statistical methods, with a focus on the program’s three general fishing surveys: The Access Point Angler Intercept Survey (APAIS), which collects shore,...

Minnesota Announces Winter Fishing Regulations
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Minnesota Announces Winter Fishing Regulations

Ice anglers on Mille Lacs and Upper Red lakes can harvest walleye on both lakes this winter season. A four-walleye bag limit, with only one walleye longer than 17 inches allowed, went into effect on Upper Red Lake on Monday, Nov. 1. Effective Wednesday, Dec. 1, through Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022, winter anglers on Mille...

$10 Million Available for Great Lakes Habitat Restoration
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$10 Million Available for Great Lakes Habitat Restoration

NOAA is announcing the availability of up to $10 million in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding to continue our work restoring habitat for Great Lakes native fisheries. We are seeking proposals for projects that restore Great Lakes habitats, helping to strengthen ecosystems and fisheries, benefit local economies, and support resilient communities. Proposals are due January...

Duke to Study Wind Energy Effect on Fisheries, Wildlife
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Duke to Study Wind Energy Effect on Fisheries, Wildlife

The United States Department of Energy has awarded Duke University a $7.5 million grant to research the impact that offshore wind development can have on wildlife and marine life. The grant announced Oct. 13 is part of a larger sustainable energy development award package of $13.5 million by the Energy Department. The department distributed the...