During the October Council meeting in Philadelphia, PA, the Council addressed a range of issues, including specifications for summer flounder, scup, black sea bass, bluefish, and spiny dogfish. Check out the October Meeting Summary to learn more.
Climate change has resulted in shifts in where and at what depths many marine species are found. The leading explanation for these changes has been biological differences among species, but a new study suggests that the local climatic conditions are more likely causing these shifts.
NOAA Fisheries, in coordination with the New England Fishery Management Council, is soliciting Atlantic Sea Scallop research proposals to utilize scallop Total Allowable Catch that has been set-aside through the Atlantic Scallop Research Set-Aside Program. Click here to read the full announcement.
This week the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council voted to address additional conservation of river herring and shad through an interagency working group.
The Council is meeting this week, October 7-10, in Philadelphia, PA.
NOAA Fisheries: Draft Amendment to the Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology available for public comment through Oct. 27
NOAA Fisheries has announced the availability for public comment of a draft amendment to the standardized bycatch reporting methodology (SBRM) used to assess the amount and type of bycatch occurring in Mid-Atlantic and New England fisheries.
NOAA Fisheries: Proposed changes to recreational accountability measures for some Mid-Atlantic fish species
NOAA has announced that it is proposing revisions to the accountability measures for the Atlantic mackerel, Atlantic bluefish, summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass recreational fisheries. Public comments will be accepted on the proposed measures until October 18, 2013.
The public is invited to attend the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's next meeting October 7-10, 2013 in Philadelphia, PA. Click here to view the meeting agenda.
NOAA Fisheries is proposing a number of revisions to the Atlantic mackerel, squid, and butterfish fishery management plan to improve the catch monitoring and reduce river herring and shad bycatch through Amendment 14.
Find out what happened during the Council's recent meeting in Wilmington, Delaware.
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council unanimously approved a first-ever strategic plan during last week's meeting in Wilmington, Delaware.
NOAA Fisheries announces that the 2013 summer flounder commercial quota allocated to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has been harvested. Vessels issued a commercial Federal fisheries permit for the summer flounder fishery may not land summer flounder in Massachusetts for the remainder of calendar year 2013, unless additional quota becomes available through a transfer from another state.
NOAA Fisheries has declared an Unusual Mortality Event (UME) for bottlenose dolphins in the Mid-Atlantic. Strandings of bottlenose dolphins in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia were more than 7 times their historical average during the month of July and have remained elevated into mid-August.
NOAA Fisheries Service, VMRC, and VIMS have scheduled an angler port meeting in Hampton, VA on August 21st from 6:30-8:30 pm.
NOAA Fisheries today announced that it has reopened an additional portion of Georges Bank to surfclam and ocean quahog fishing.
Click here to open the briefing materials for the Council's next meeting in Wilmington, DE on August 13-15.
The Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation (CFRF) will host an International Fisheries Research Summit on October 1st and 2nd in Narragansett, Rhode Island.
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a public hearing at 4 p.m. on August 14 during the Mid-Atlantic Council's upcoming meeting in Wilmington, DE for the public to provide input on three proposed amendments affecting the fishery management plans for dolphin and wahoo, coral, and coastal migratory pelagics. Read more...
The Council will hold its next listening session on Tuesday, August 13 in Wilmington, Delaware. The topic will be Offshore Wind Power and Mid-Atlantic Fisheries. Dr. Jeremy Firestone, Professor of Marine Policy and Legal Studies at the University of Delaware, will discuss recent developments in wind power siting and construction and how they may affect fisheries and fishing communities.