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Feds May Look at Spring-Run Chinook Salmon as Genetically Distinct
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Feds May Look at Spring-Run Chinook Salmon as Genetically Distinct

The National Marine Fisheries Service is considering whether the spring-run and fall-run Chinook salmon that occupy the rivers of Northern California and southern Oregon are genetically distinct. The decision has huge implications for fish populations as the number of spring-run Chinook salmon has plunged to such depths it would almost certainly result in a listing...

Permit Tagging Program in Florida Keys
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Permit Tagging Program in Florida Keys

SOUTHEAST: FLORIDA KEYS Despite the economic value of the recreational permit fishery in Florida and the wider Caribbean, there has never been a stock assessment, and even basic data are lacking, such as fishing effort, harvest, habitat use, migration patterns, age structure, growth rates. In 2019, the AFFTA Fisheries Fund gave a grant to the...

Deadline Day for Flounder/Scup/Sea Bass Mid-Atlantic Amendment Comments
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Deadline Day for Flounder/Scup/Sea Bass Mid-Atlantic Amendment Comments

As a reminder, the deadline to submit public comments on the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Commercial/Recreational Allocation Amendment is Tuesday, March 16, 2021. The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission are developing this joint amendment to consider adjusting the allocations of catch or landings between the commercial...

Gear Up for Walleye Fishing on Lake Erie Now
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Gear Up for Walleye Fishing on Lake Erie Now

  COLUMBUS, Ohio – Thanks to a legendary run of strong walleye hatches dating back to 2015 and accelerating in 2018, there are plenty of fish in Lake Erie for anglers to catch this spring, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. “Ohio’s portion of Lake Erie, better known as...

Gulf State Samplers Collect Recreational Fishing Data
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Gulf State Samplers Collect Recreational Fishing Data

  Next time you’re fishing along the Gulf coast, you may notice shoreside samplers using a new tool to collect information about your fishing trip. For years, field interviewers from Florida to Mississippi used paper forms to collect catch data from recreational anglers returning from saltwater fishing trips. Now, they’re using tablets to make data...

Red Snapper in Gulf Show Signs of Oil Exposure
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Red Snapper in Gulf Show Signs of Oil Exposure

Nearly 100 percent of the red snapper sampled in the Gulf of Mexico over a six-year period by University of South Florida (USF) marine scientists showed evidence of liver damage, according to a study reported in Aquatic Toxicology. The study is the first to correlate the concentration of crude oil found in the workhorses of...

Alaska Northern Pike Forum March 10 Online
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Alaska Northern Pike Forum March 10 Online

Anglers are reminded that northern pike are nonnative to Southcentral Alaska waters and you can help by harvesting them. Have you been wondering how to best target northern pike in Southcentral Alaska? If so, you won’t want to miss this! The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), Division of Sport Fish, will be hosting...

USFWS Stocks Almost Half-Million Trout in S.E.
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USFWS Stocks Almost Half-Million Trout in S.E.

In February 2021, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Southeast Region, Fish & Aquatic Conservation (FAC) program stocked 444,650 rainbow, brook, and brown trout, weighing 124,129 pounds in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Oklahoma. These fish fulfilled mitigation obligations and provided recreational fishing opportunities across the southeast. In addition, Erwin National Fish Hatchery shipped 777,816...

Atlantic States Striper Meeting Online March 16
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Atlantic States Striper Meeting Online March 16

DNREC will host a virtual Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) hearing to get public comment on the Public Information Document (PID) for Draft Amendment 7 to the Atlantic Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan (FMP) on Tuesday, March 16 from 6 to 8 PM. You can find the Public Information Document and information on the...