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Lake Erie Open Lake Angler Survey Update – May 2022
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Lake Erie Open Lake Angler Survey Update – May 2022

Warm weather and calm winds surely contributed to an increase in angling activity on Lake Erie during the month of May. Total angler effort in May 2022 was 53,000 angler hours which is well above the 20-year average (40,250 angler hours). A large majority of May anglers (70%) targeted walleye or smallmouth bass. Walleye: Daytime...

House Passes the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act
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House Passes the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

The House of Representatives has passed the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 2773) in a 231-190 vote, bringing us one step closer to securing a solution that has been championed by the hunting and fishing community since 2016. The bill recently advanced out of committee in the Senate and awaits a floor vote in that...

Tarpon Fin Clips Wanted for Research
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Tarpon Fin Clips Wanted for Research

Tarpon (and other fish and animals) incorporate the chemical makeup of what they eat into their body tissue. So by taking small fin clip samples from tarpon, we can get an idea of what tarpon eat without having to use more invasive techniques (such as gut content analysis). This multi-year project will help us link...

Two Fish Passage Funding Opportunities Open Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
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Two Fish Passage Funding Opportunities Open Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

NOAA is announcing two funding opportunities for fish passage projects that will remove in-stream barriers, including one funding opportunity focused on Indian tribes. This funding is available under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act). It presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity for NOAA to substantially expand its efforts for making an impact for fisheries,...

Mid-Atlantic Council Approves Revised Stock Rebuilding Plan for Atlantic Mackerel
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Mid-Atlantic Council Approves Revised Stock Rebuilding Plan for Atlantic Mackerel

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council has approved a revised rebuilding plan and 2023 specifications for Atlantic mackerel. The first rebuilding plan for the stock was implemented in November 2019. However, an updated 2021 stock assessment found that, although the stock size almost tripled between 2014 and 2019, the stock was only 24% rebuilt in 2019...

MAFMC & ASMFC Take First Step Toward Recreational Management Reform
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MAFMC & ASMFC Take First Step Toward Recreational Management Reform

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Interstate Fisheries Management Program Policy Board (Policy Board) approved changes to the recreational fisheries management programs for summer flounder, scup, black sea bass, and bluefish. The changes include a new process for setting recreational measures (bag, size, and season limits) and modifications...

The 17th Annual Flatfish Biology Conference
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The 17th Annual Flatfish Biology Conference

The 17th Flatfish Biology Conference will be held November 15 to 16, 2022, in Westbrook, Connecticut. The conference was first held in 1986. It is a forum where a diverse community of national and international scientists, researchers, and students present research findings, and share their knowledge in a supportive and inclusive environment.

Offshore Renewable Energy Projects Funded
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Offshore Renewable Energy Projects Funded

The Northeast Sea Grant Consortium, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office and Water Power Technologies Office and our science center, announced funding for six projects to advance social science and technology research on offshore renewable energy in the Northeast. The selected projects were collectively awarded more than $1.1 million in...

In-season Adjustments to the 2022 Pacific Halibut Recreational Fishery
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In-season Adjustments to the 2022 Pacific Halibut Recreational Fishery

NOAA Fisheries announces additional season dates for the Washington North and South Coast and Columbia River Pacific halibut recreational fisheries in Area 2A (Washington, Oregon, and California). The inseason action is effective on June 9, 2022. This action adds the dates of June 10, 17, and 24 for the Washington North Coast subarea, June 28 and 30...