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Louisiana Anglers Land 8 Percent of Snapper Quota on First Weekend of Season
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Louisiana Anglers Land 8 Percent of Snapper Quota on First Weekend of Season

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has released the latest private recreational red snapper landing estimates through May 30, 2021. LA Creel, LDWF’s near real-time landings data collection program, indicates that 67,947 pounds, or 8 percent, of Louisiana’s 2021 annual private recreational allocation of 832,493 pounds were harvested during the first weekend of...

Lake Superior Fisheries Meeting June 29
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Lake Superior Fisheries Meeting June 29

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites members of the public to attend a virtual meeting on June 29 to hear how Lake Superior’s unique resources are being managed. At this meeting, the DNR will share information with stakeholders on the data collected from the commercial fishery and provide updates on new rules, such...

NOAA/NMFS Amending Bluefin Tuna Allocations
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NOAA/NMFS Amending Bluefin Tuna Allocations

The current proposed Amendment 13 to the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan will reallocate the U.S. Atlantic quota share of Bluefin Tuna among Fishing Categories (Angling, Longline, General, Purse Seine, Trap, Reserve). The Purse Seine category is being abolished and its tonnage reallocated since those vessels have landed any bluefin since 2015, due...

Bluefish Rebuilding Plan Approved for Atlantic Coast
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Bluefish Rebuilding Plan Approved for Atlantic Coast

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Bluefish Management Board (Board) jointly recommended approval of the Bluefish Allocation and Rebuilding Amendment. The Amendment updates the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) goals and objectives, initiates a rebuilding plan, establishes new allocations between the commercial and recreational sectors, implements new commercial allocations to...

NOAA Answers Questions About MRIP Fishery Surveys
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NOAA Answers Questions About MRIP Fishery Surveys

Saltwater anglers, for-hire captains, and other members of the recreational fishing community often ask how we collect recreational fishing data, and how we use that data to estimate total recreational catch. Our new web series, “Ask MRIP,” answers your questions about the science and statistics that support sustainable fishing. Why does NOAA Fisheries collect recreational...

California to Stock Salmon in San Francisco Bay
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California to Stock Salmon in San Francisco Bay

California is rolling out a fresh strategy to keep its economy afloat — releasing 17 million salmon into the San Francisco Bay. Millions of Chinook salmon raised in hatcheries will bypass California’s drought-stricken riverbanks to be released directly into colder, downstream sites in the San Francisco Bay, in an attempt to maximize their survival rate amid some...

Science Plus Local Knowledge Targets Salmon/Steelhead Recovery
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Science Plus Local Knowledge Targets Salmon/Steelhead Recovery

Salmon and steelhead in Northern California have been in trouble for more than 100 years, primarily because of habitat damage and loss resulting from human activities. Climate change has only worsened these habitat problems. For the last 50 years, communities have worked to restore this habitat in hopes of reversing the fortunes of these fish....

The Right Tools for Deep-Water Fish Releases
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The Right Tools for Deep-Water Fish Releases

Will you be fishing for snapper or grouper on your next fishing trip? Continue your role as a conservationist by paying close attention to signs of barotrauma and being prepared to respond. Barotrauma is a condition seen in many fish caught at depths greater than 50 feet and is caused by pressure changes leading to...

Great Lakes Researchers Study Musky Travels
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Great Lakes Researchers Study Musky Travels

Muskellunge, a prized sportfish, are known as the fish of a thousand casts because of the difficulty many anglers have in catching them. Their movements and behaviors are shrouded in mystery, but a multiagency team of researchers is using state-of-the-art technology to reveal patterns of muskie movements in the Great Lakes. Scientists from the Michigan DNR,...

Lake Trout Harvest Encouraged at Blue Mesa to Protect Kokanee
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Lake Trout Harvest Encouraged at Blue Mesa to Protect Kokanee

Kokanee fry survival has been reduced by increasing predation from lake trout since lake trout began naturally reproducing within Blue Mesa Reservoir beginning in the early 1990’s. Anglers value both kokanee and lake trout angling opportunities. Kokanee provide the greatest draw for overall catch and harvest; lake trout provide the greatest draw for overall trophy potential. Kokanee have provided up to...