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Speed Restrictions Threaten Marine Industry
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Speed Restrictions Threaten Marine Industry

New Gretna, New Jersey- A rushed proposed rule to implement 10-knot speed restrictions for boats 35 feet and larger from Massachusetts to Florida could devastate the entire marine industry and cripple America’s outdoor economy. The National Marine Fisheries Service, an agency within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is proposing amendments to the North...

Nearly $105 Million in Funding Announced for Wetland Conservation Projects and National Wildlife Refuges
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Nearly $105 Million in Funding Announced for Wetland Conservation Projects and National Wildlife Refuges

WASHINGTON – The Department of the Interior today announced that more than $31 million in grants has been approved by the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, which will conserve or restore 116,305 acres of wetland and associated upland habitats for waterfowl, shorebirds and other birds in 18 states. The grants, made through the North American Wetlands...

Kentucky Men Sentenced to Prison for Illegal Harvest of Paddlefish
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Kentucky Men Sentenced to Prison for Illegal Harvest of Paddlefish

Oxford, MS – Two Kentucky men were sentenced recently by the U.S. District Court for felony charges arising out of the illegal harvest of paddlefish and paddlefish roe from closed waters in Mississippi. According to court documents, James Lawrence “Lance” Freeman, 27, of Eddyville, Kentucky, and Marcus Harrell, 34, of Murray, Kentucky, plead guilty to...

Council to Consider Fishing Rules in Marine Monument
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Council to Consider Fishing Rules in Marine Monument

Possible changes to fishing regulations within the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument could allow cultural fishing practices, although such changes are also viewed as “harmful ” to Native Hawaiian traditions. This week the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, or Wespac, in its, will consider options in a list of alternative commercial and noncommercial fishing regulations...

Upcoming Virtual Public Discussion Opportunities on NOAA’s National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy
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Upcoming Virtual Public Discussion Opportunities on NOAA’s National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy

A reminder from NOAA Fisheries of two upcoming public discussion opportunities (virtual) to discuss and provide comments on updating the National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy. The National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy is essential to shaping NOAA Fisheries’ approach to recreational anglers and their fisheries. It serves as a platform to help the public understand NOAA Fisheries’ perspective and approaches to recreational fisheries...

Pogie Company Admits to Abandoning Net Full of Fish
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Pogie Company Admits to Abandoning Net Full of Fish

Over the weekend, CCA received numerous reports and photos of what appeared to be an abandoned menhaden net just south of Holly Beach in Cameron Parish. In the photos we received (above and below), the net looks full of pogies and other species. We also received numerous reports of dead redfish, drum and other species...

New England Fishery Management Council Meeting September 26 – 29
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New England Fishery Management Council Meeting September 26 – 29

The New England Fishery Management Council will hold a four-day hybrid meeting from Monday, September 26 through Thursday, September 29, 2022.  This will be an in-person meeting coupled with a webinar option for individuals who cannot or prefer not to attend in person. COVID PROTOCOLS:  The Council continues to follow all public safety measures related to COVID-19 and intends...

Pacific Fishery Management Council September Council Decision Summary
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Pacific Fishery Management Council September Council Decision Summary

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met September 9-14, 2022.  The September 2022 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document contains the highlights of significant decisions made during that meeting. Results of agenda items that do not reach a level of highlight significance are typically not described in the decision document. If you have questions regarding the September...