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N.C. Cobia Season Opens May 1
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N.C. Cobia Season Opens May 1

MOREHEAD CITY – The recreational cobia fishing season will open May 1 in North Carolina waters with new private vessel limits. During the open season, the minimum size limit will be 36 inches fork length (measured from the tip of snout to the fork in the tail), and the possession limit will be one fish...

NOAA Seeks Comment on Flounder Rules
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NOAA Seeks Comment on Flounder Rules

NOAA Fisheries is seeking comments on proposed 2021 summer flounder recreational fishery management measures. We propose to continue the conservation equivalency approach for the summer flounder recreational fishery, in which states or regions develop minimum sizes, possession limits, and fishing seasons that will achieve the necessary level of conservation. Both the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the...

Last Best Chance to Save Atlantic Salmon
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Last Best Chance to Save Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic salmon have a challenging life history — and those that hail from U.S. waters have seen things get increasingly difficult in the past 300 years. Dubbed the “king of fish,” Atlantic salmon once numbered in the hundreds of thousands in the United States and ranged up and down most of New England’s coastal rivers...

Pacific Coast Showing Improved Fisheries Productivity
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Pacific Coast Showing Improved Fisheries Productivity

Ocean waters off the West Coast showed signs of improved productivity in 2020 after several years of warm water and poor fisheries conditions, according to the most recent California Current Ecosystem status report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The transition last year from an El Nino to La Nina climate pattern, paired...

Florida Lionfish Removal/Awareness Festival
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Florida Lionfish Removal/Awareness Festival

The 7th annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival will be held May 15 and 16 at AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar and HarborWalk Village in Destin to celebrate the fight against invasive lionfish with the FWC and Destin – Fort Walton Beach. Activities will include fillet demonstrations; family-friendly games and activities; art, diving and conservation...

Grass Carp: Interesting and Unusual Gamefish
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Grass Carp: Interesting and Unusual Gamefish

Grass carp are a conditional species in Florida and can only be possessed by permit. Any grass carp caught must be released immediately–but they’re interesting and unusual gamefish for catch and release. Size: The largest triploid grass carp documented in Florida was 15 years old, 56″ long and weighed 75 lbs. Because this is a conditional...

Opinion: Red Snapper Quotas Should Not be Slashed
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Opinion: Red Snapper Quotas Should Not be Slashed

When the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meets April 12-15, the hottest topic will be the zealotry of NOAA Fisheries to calibrate recreational red snapper harvest data collected by the five Gulf States to the data collected by the federal government. The federal Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) – the faulty survey that was...

Snook Fishing Tips from Bernie Schultz and Yakima Bait
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Snook Fishing Tips from Bernie Schultz and Yakima Bait

Snook are a special species of gamefish. They can live comfortably in fresh or saltwater, and due to climate change, they’re now found throughout north Florida, south Texas, even into Georgia and South Carolina as well as their usual haunts in South Florida and the tropics. They can be caught from inlets, beaches, estuary creeks...

Florida FWC Seeks Input on Snook, Reds and Trout
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Florida FWC Seeks Input on Snook, Reds and Trout

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will be holding three virtual workshops to gather public input about the short-term management of snook, redfish and spotted seatrout in southwest Florida. Beginning in August 2018, the FWC made a series of temporary, precautionary regulation changes to help conserve snook, redfish and spotted seatrout following a...

N.J. Hearing on Bluefish Amendment
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N.J. Hearing on Bluefish Amendment

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) are seeking public comment on management options under consideration in the Bluefish Allocation and Rebuilding Amendment. This amendment contains alternatives to: Revise the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) goals and objectives Modify the bluefish allocations between the commercial and recreational sectors Modify the...