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Virtual Columbia River Fisheries Meeting Jan. 27

SALEM, Ore.– Members of the Oregon and Washington Fish and Wildlife Commissions will hold a joint meeting this Wednesday to discuss resource conservation and salmon fisheries on the Columbia River. The meeting will be held virtually on Jan. 27 starting at 1 p.m. Members of the public can view the webinar at https://zoom.us/j/95082566633. No public...

Tips for Monster Catfish
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Tips for Monster Catfish

Capt. Ty Konkle is well known for his ability to catch trophy catfish. Recent proof came in November when he put clients on two triple-digit blues on the same day. The two phenomenal catches were characterized by one thing—they came from deep water in the Tennessee River Gorge. Fishing deep water is not necessarily harder...

Pick up the Phone! NOAA Fisheries Seeks Charter Info
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Pick up the Phone! NOAA Fisheries Seeks Charter Info

NOAA Fisheries and the University of Florida are teaming up on a phone survey to continue assessing the impact of COVID-19 on commercial/for-hire fishing operations, and on seafood dealers and processors. Phone survey participants were selected using carefully designed random sample. If you were selected, you will receive a phone call from the University of Florida...

Washington Anglers Team with State in Cutthroat Research
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Washington Anglers Team with State in Cutthroat Research

OLYMPIA – Starting this month, some Hood Canal volunteer anglers fishing aboard guide boats and along the shore will be reeling in more than just fish – they’ll also contribute to a year-long research project led by the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group (HCSEG), Coastal Cutthroat Coalition (CCC) and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife...

New Online Submission Portal for IGFA World Records
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New Online Submission Portal for IGFA World Records

We are excited to announce the launch of our new online submission portal for IGFA World Record applications. This is the first step in a process of digitalizing applications for IGFA Grand Slam Clubs, IGFA Trophy Clubs, and IGFA Catch Certificates. While the online form allows the user to submit all of the information required...

Saving Nassau Grouper by Protecting Spawning Aggregations
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Saving Nassau Grouper by Protecting Spawning Aggregations

From December through March, Nassau grouper spawn in large breeding groups in the tropical waters of coastal Florida and the Caribbean. These groups consist of thousands of fish that collectively gather in predictable locations for the sole purpose of reproduction. Unfortunately since 1980, theys have been overfished, leading to an 80 percent loss in the...

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Oregon Salmon Virtual Meeting Feb. 25

The 2021 Ocean Salmon Industry Group meeting (OSIG) is scheduled for Thursday, February 25, 2021. This pre-season planning meeting will provide a review of the 2020 seasons, take a first look at the 2021 salmon forecasts, and develop a set of Oregon preferred recreational and commercial ocean salmon season concepts via public input to take...

Keep America Fishing Supports Extended Closure for Western Dry Rocks
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Keep America Fishing Supports Extended Closure for Western Dry Rocks

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is considering how best to manage an important fish spawning area near Western Dry Rocks and is asking for your input. Ten miles southwest of Key West, the Western Dry Rocks area hosts multiple spawning schools of recreationally important species such as permit, snapper and grouper. It...

SAMFC Seeks Public Input on Proposed Management Measures for Dolphin and Wahoo
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SAMFC Seeks Public Input on Proposed Management Measures for Dolphin and Wahoo

Council Seeks Public Input on Proposed Management Measures for Dolphin and Wahoo Offshore fishermen and others interested in the management of Dolphin (mahi mahi) and Wahoo along the Atlantic coast are encouraged to provide comments on regulatory measures proposed for both fisheries. Members of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC) are currently soliciting public...

B&TT Calls for Extended Permit Fishing Closure at Western Dry Rocks
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B&TT Calls for Extended Permit Fishing Closure at Western Dry Rocks

After lengthy consideration of a temporary four-month fishing closure at Western Dry Rocks, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently agreed to test a two-month closure instead. Less than half of what the ecosystem requires. The four-month closure, guided by science and supported by a broad coalition of major fishing and conservation organizations, already was a...