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Students Assist with Making Reef Balls
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Students Assist with Making Reef Balls

Last week, Lazar Middle School students in Montville, [New Jersey], worked with Marine Resources Administration staff to make one dozen reef balls as part of a grant received in 2019. Students had the opportunity to get involved in the process of building these concrete fish habitats from start to finish. The reef balls are scheduled...

Fish Passage Inspired by Nature
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Fish Passage Inspired by Nature

Cape Fear River Watch and partners have just completed modifications to the nature-like fishway at Lock and Dam Number 1, on the Cape Fear River, in North Carolina. The modifications will improve fish passage for migratory fish that use the river as nursery habitat.  NOAA’s Southeast Habitat Conservation Division, an active partner of the Cape Fear River Watch, provided...

MSU-led Effort Spawns Creation of New Migratory Freshwater Fish Database
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MSU-led Effort Spawns Creation of New Migratory Freshwater Fish Database

EAST LANSING, Mich. — A Michigan State University-led team of scientists has assembled the North American Freshwater Migratory Fish Database, which brings together life history information on 1,250 species to inform conservation practices. A paper chronicling the effort was published in the Journal of Biogeography. The development of the database was led by Emily Dean,...

Fishery Closure – Atlantic Bluefin Tuna
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Fishery Closure – Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

Fishermen aboard Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Angling or HMS Charter/Headboat permitted vessels may not retain, possess, or land large medium or giant Atlantic bluefin tuna (i.e., measuring 73 inches curved fork length or greater) in the Gulf of Mexico after 11:30 p.m., May 17, 2022. How long is the closure in effect? The Angling...

Attention St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario Walleye Anglers
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Attention St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario Walleye Anglers

Early this spring, DEC Region 6 Fisheries in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) New York Field Office began a walleye acoustic telemetry study to better understand walleye populations in the St. Lawrence River and the Eastern Basin of Lake Ontario. The study is designed to assess walleye movements, relative use of...

Union Volunteers Build 85 Fish Habitats
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Union Volunteers Build 85 Fish Habitats

Spring Hill, Tenn. – In partnership with Major League Fishing’s Fisheries Management Division (MLF-FMD), Mercury Marine and MossBack Fish Habitat, the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and its volunteer work force recently completed a fish habitat enhancement project on the 640-acre Duck River Reservoir in Cullman, Alabama. Six union members, representing Iron Workers Local 92, UA...

Help Someone Get Started Fishing
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Help Someone Get Started Fishing

It’s Week 2 of the Fishing…Share the Fun Campaign. This week’s goal is to help someone get started. Most people learn to fish from a friend or family member who wants to share the enjoyment of a day spent on the water doing something they love. What can you do to get someone excited about...

Lake Erie Angler Survey Updates
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Lake Erie Angler Survey Updates

Tributary Angler Survey Update In the Lake Erie tributaries, the steelhead runs have pretty much shut down for the Spring with the exception of Cattaraugus Creek. April catch rates were exceptional (> 1.0 fish/hr), and the cool, wet weather should keep the steelhead in the creeks well into May. Smallmouth bass have moved into the...

Final Vote on Flounder Plan Amendment Scheduled
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Final Vote on Flounder Plan Amendment Scheduled

The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission, when it meets later this month in Beaufort, is expected to consider final approval of Amendment 3 to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan. A final vote is also expected on the N.C. Fishery Management Plan for Interjurisdictional Fisheries Information Update. The in-person meeting is set to begin at...