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NY DEC Seeks Shark Sighting Reports
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NY DEC Seeks Shark Sighting Reports

There are multiple shark species in New York’s marine waters, and DEC is celebrating some of the most well-known sharks in our area. Follow along with us on DEC’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages to learn more about sharks in New York! You can typically find sharks in the deep waters offshore, but you can also...

Tennessee Fights Back Against Asian Carp
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Tennessee Fights Back Against Asian Carp

Asian Carp in Tennessee and Management Efforts There are four species of Asian carp in the United States and in Tennessee. All are from the Yangtze and Amur River systems in China. They were imported into the United States for various aquaculture purposes back as early as 1970. They were unintentionally introduced into the waters...

U. of North Carolina Study Dispels Shark Myths
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U. of North Carolina Study Dispels Shark Myths

Before “Jaws” with its depiction of a giant, vengeful, man-eating creature of the deep; before Shark Week, Discovery Channels’ eight-day ode to all things sharks; and well before the over-the-top gratuitous sci-fi series “Sharknado” films, there was, just off the coast of North Carolina, “shark survey.” Not as glamorous, perhaps, as the mindless entertainment evoked...

State Artificial Reef Programs Details by ASMFC
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State Artificial Reef Programs Details by ASMFC

Arlington, VA – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission announces the release of the Update to ASMFC’S Profiles of State Artificial Reef Programs and Projects. This document provides a summary for each state’s artificial reef program and features highlights that have occurred since the release of the first edition of this publication in 1988. Since...

Sharks Are Year Around in N.C. Waters
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Sharks Are Year Around in N.C. Waters

While “shark attack” is an often-used term, it’s not really accurate because sharks don’t seek out humans to “attack,” they’re just doing what comes naturally in the wild. Sharks are opportunistic feeders and occasionally bite a surfer or swimmer if they venture into murky waters and splash a lot at the surface. This splashing action...

Massive Red Tide Fish Kill on Tampa Bay
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Massive Red Tide Fish Kill on Tampa Bay

TAMPA, Fla. – Massive amounts of dead fish are washing onshore across Tampa Bay. Several beaches are closed and crews are racing to clean up the smelly, decaying mess. Bay Area experts say it’s happening because of red tide, but it’s early in the season to see such high concentrations of the algae. The city...

Coded Wire Tags Assist Fishery Management
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Coded Wire Tags Assist Fishery Management

A coded wire tag (CWT) is a small piece of stainless steel wire about 1 millimeter long. It is usually inserted into the snout of a juvenile salmonid before it is released from a fish hatchery or juvenile fish trap. A coded wire tag contains a unique code that identifies an individual or group of fish...

Sawfish Tagged in Tampa Bay Area
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Sawfish Tagged in Tampa Bay Area

There’s an exciting update to the 2018 Bay Soundings article titled “Endangered Sawfish Slowly Return to Tampa Bay.” That article highlighted the five endangered smalltooth sawfish (an endangered species) reported near Tampa Bay in locations ranging from Anna Maria and the Manatee River to Honeymoon Island.  They were mostly young adults or larger juveniles, indicating...

San Juan Islands Chinook Season Closed
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San Juan Islands Chinook Season Closed

OLYMPIA – Fishery managers at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today an early closure to salmon fishing in the San Juan Islands (Marine Area 7) to meet conservation objectives for Chinook salmon following highly successful catch rates. The closure went into effect July 8. “Since the season kicked off July 1,...

Florida FWC Seeks Angler Info on Atlantic Red Snapper
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Florida FWC Seeks Angler Info on Atlantic Red Snapper

Researchers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are looking for anglers’ help to capture information about the Atlantic red snapper fishery. The 2021 recreational season in Atlantic federal waters is July 9-11. Anglers are limited to one fish per person, per day, with no minimum...