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Big Changes to Sport Groundfish Regulations Coming in 2023
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Big Changes to Sport Groundfish Regulations Coming in 2023

Significant changes to California’s groundfish sport fishing regulations are expected starting next year, in response to recent scientific information suggesting some nearshore groundfish species are in decline. To reduce pressure on these stocks, fishing seasons will be shorter in nearshore waters, but new opportunities in deeper water are anticipated. The upcoming changes were developed by...

Fisherman Discovers New Species of Bream in Red Sea
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Fisherman Discovers New Species of Bream in Red Sea

Acanthopagrus oconnorae is the common name given to a new species of sea bream found in the Red Sea by Dr. Donal Bradley, Distinguished Professor and former Vice President for Research at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). The discovery was made while fishing in mangrove habitat off the shore of the university....

July Policy Watch from the ASA
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July Policy Watch from the ASA

New Commission Working to Reverse the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species Experts from the fishing and boating community convened at ICAST for the first meeting of the Boating and Fishing Working Group of the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) commission. Participants discussed the negative effects of AIS on fisheries management and fishing access, and the complexities...

The Trouble With Tuna
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The Trouble With Tuna

Is it possible to have too much of a good thing? That certainly seems to be the case with so many bluefin tuna being landed that buyers are telling fishermen to tie up their boats for a week until the market recovers. It’s become an annual event and each time it happens, people point fingers,...

Bluefin Tuna Spawning Grounds Identified
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Bluefin Tuna Spawning Grounds Identified

Woods Hole, MA — The Slope Sea off the Northeast United States is a major spawning ground for Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus), a new paper affirms. This finding likely has important implications for population dynamics and the survival of this fish, according to the paper, “Support for the Slope Sea as a major spawning ground...

The Plan to Restore Diadromous Fishes to the Naugatuck River Watershed
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The Plan to Restore Diadromous Fishes to the Naugatuck River Watershed

The Naugatuck River is the largest tributary of the Housatonic River with a watershed encompassing 311 square miles. In order to provide a framework for restoring runs of selected diadromous fishes to the basin, the CT DEEP Fisheries Division has drafted the Plan to Restore Diadromous Fishes to the Naugatuck River Watershed. Diadromous fish species...

Public Input Sought On Proposed Slot Limit For Striped Bass
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Public Input Sought On Proposed Slot Limit For Striped Bass

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is soliciting public input on a proposed regulation change that would restrict the harvest of striped bass to a “slot limit” between 20 and 30 inches for inland anadromous waters. Under the proposal, all striped bass caught below 20 inches in length and above 30 inches in...

Lake Wenatchee and Wenatchee River to Open for Sockeye Fishing
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Lake Wenatchee and Wenatchee River to Open for Sockeye Fishing

OLYMPIA – Amid a record return of sockeye salmon to the Columbia River, fishery managers in Washington’s North Central region announced that sockeye fishing will open on Lake Wenatchee and the Wenatchee River in the days ahead. As of July 22, the escapement goal of 23,000 sockeye passing over Tumwater Dam on the Wenatchee River...

MSC Appoints New Director to Lead US Program
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MSC Appoints New Director to Lead US Program

The Marine Stewardship Council today announced the appointment of Nicole Condon as Program Director to lead the US strategy and position MSC as a leader in the sustainable seafood movement. Condon will step into this role effective August 1. As US Program Director, Condon will oversee the fisheries, commercial, marketing and communications strategies to develop...