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Helping Bottom Species Survive Catch and Release
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Helping Bottom Species Survive Catch and Release

Deep-water rockfish reeled quickly to the surface often emerge from the water with eyes and organs bulging like alien beings—due to the sudden change in pressure—a condition known as barotrauma. Now new research shows that if fishermen return fish to their natural depths quickly, their bodies return to normal and they can survive any ill...

Gulf Council Recommends New Cobia Regulations
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Gulf Council Recommends New Cobia Regulations

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council took final action on Coastal Migratory Pelagic Amendment 32: Modifications to the Gulf of Mexico Migratory Group Cobia Catch Limits, Possession Limits, Size Limits, and Framework Procedure. Cobia is jointly managed with the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and all of the selected alternatives will need to be...

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California Small Business and Tourism Industry Comes to the Defense of Sportfishing

(San Diego, CA): With less than four weeks before the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is set to determine the fate of 174 commercial passenger boat owners, the Sportfishing Association of California and the Golden Gate Fishermen’s Association announced that 27 chambers of commerce and tourism authorities, representing nearly every coastal community from San Diego...

Alabama Greater Amberjack, Gray Triggerfish and Flounder Season Reminders
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Alabama Greater Amberjack, Gray Triggerfish and Flounder Season Reminders

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (ADCNR) Marine Resources Division (MRD) reminds anglers that the recreational harvest of greater amberjack in federal and Alabama state waters closes November 1, 2021. The season will remain closed through April 30, 2022, and is scheduled to reopen May 1-31, 2022. Anglers landing greater amberjack in Alabama...

Lake Erie Perch/Walleye Survey Promising
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Lake Erie Perch/Walleye Survey Promising

DEC’s Lake Erie Fisheries Research Unit completed its annual gillnet assessment of the Lake Erie warm water fish community in September. The survey catches a wide variety of warm water species, but its primary goal is to collect abundance and age structure information for walleye, yellow perch, and smallmouth bass—the three most targeted fish species...

No Fall Red Snapper Season for Florida Gulf Coast Anglers
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No Fall Red Snapper Season for Florida Gulf Coast Anglers

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announces Florida’s recreational red snapper quota in Gulf state and federal waters was met during the June 4 through July 28 open season. Anglers had the opportunity to enjoy a 55-day summer Gulf red snapper season this year, which is the longest summer season for Florida since...

Striper Numbers Steady in Virginia Estuaries, Down in Maryland
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Striper Numbers Steady in Virginia Estuaries, Down in Maryland

Juvenile striped bass numbers are holding steady in Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay tributaries, the latest annual survey by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science found. But a parallel survey in Maryland waters showed below-average numbers. The surveys look at striped bass that hatched in the spring and that will be large enough to catch, legally, in...

Trinity River Adult Chinook Quota Met
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Trinity River Adult Chinook Quota Met

Based upon California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) projections of the recreational fall-run Chinook salmon catch on the Trinity River, anglers will soon meet the quotas for both the Upper Trinity River and Lower Trinity River. The Upper Trinity River quota will be met as of 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 24. This triggers...

Updated Shark Fishing Rules for Gulf of Mexico
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Updated Shark Fishing Rules for Gulf of Mexico

The use of shark as bait in federal waters of the United States is highly regulated.  Shark parts or trim may not be used as bait in federal waters, commercially or recreationally, no matter what species is targeted. No fishermen, commercial or recreational, may: Remove any shark fin or tail prior to landing and offloading,...

Tautog Assessments Show Improvements in Stock Status
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Tautog Assessments Show Improvements in Stock Status

Arlington, VA – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Tautog Management Board reviewed the results of 2021 Regional Stock Assessments Update, which found improvements in most regions. Stocks within the Long Island Sound (LIS) and Delaware/ Maryland/Virginia (DelMarVa) regions are not overfished, with improved stock status for both regions from the last assessment in 2017....