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Further Changes to Striped Bass Management are Coming
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Further Changes to Striped Bass Management are Coming

The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) manages striped bass cooperatively with the other East Coast states through the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). The latest assessment released in 2019 showed that striped bass are overfished primarily owing to the relatively poor year classes (the number of young born and surviving in a certain...

Reminder of DESCEND Act Requirements and Effective Date
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Reminder of DESCEND Act Requirements and Effective Date

The Direct Enhancement of Snapper Conservation and the Economy through Novel Devices Act of 2020 (DESCEND Act) requires persons on commercial, for-hire, and private recreational vessels to have a venting tool or descending device rigged and ready to use when fishing for reef fish species in Gulf of Mexico federal waters.  The effective date of...

Feds Sued Over Offshore Wind
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Feds Sued Over Offshore Wind

(Reuters) – A group of New Jersey residents have sued the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to seek the reversal of its March decision to pursue the development of an area of ocean 30 miles off the coast of New Jersey for wind turbines. The agency is widely expected to announce a lease sale...

Commercial Poachers Convicted for Illegal Fishing in MPA
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Commercial Poachers Convicted for Illegal Fishing in MPA

A San Diego County judge recently imposed a $5,000 fine on a Commercial Passenger Fishing Vessel (CPFV) operating in a Marine Protected Area (MPA), the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced. It was the first implementation of increased commercial poaching fines and penalties under Assembly Bill 2369, authored by San Diego Assemblywoman Lorena...

Brook Trout Stocking to Boost Urban Angling Opportunities
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Brook Trout Stocking to Boost Urban Angling Opportunities

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will provide trout anglers in the greater Sacramento area with an unprecedented fishing opportunity this winter: the chance to catch brook trout from a half-dozen urban and suburban park ponds and lakes that are part of CDFW’s Fishing in the City program. Fishing in the City began...

Acoustic Survey Initiated to Investigate Uncounted Menhaden
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Acoustic Survey Initiated to Investigate Uncounted Menhaden

Despite being one of the largest and most high-profile fisheries on the East Coast, there are still gaps in our understanding of Atlantic menhaden. This is especially true in their northern range, in New England and the Mid-Atlantic. But this winter, a new project will look specifically to count menhaden in these areas, shedding new...

Will There Be Opposition to the First Offshore Wind Lease Sale?
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Will There Be Opposition to the First Offshore Wind Lease Sale?

The Interior Department is expected to greenlight the first offshore wind lease sale under President Biden as soon as this week, a move that would lower the nation’s reliance on the fossil fuels that are dangerously warming the planet. But the effort has sparked concern from the fishing industry, which contends that towering turbines in the waters off...