NOAA Fisheries has announced the 2014 commercial summer flounder state quotas for fishing year 2014.
NOAA Fisheries today announced the 2014 fishing year measures for the Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog fisheries which will be effective January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. Click here for details.
Today, NOAA Fisheries announced that it has approved final commercial quotas for the Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog fisheries for fishing years 2014, 2015, and 2016.
December 9-11, 2013
NOAA Fisheries announces that the Final biological opinion to assess the impact of seven Northeast fisheries on various species listed under the federal Endangered Species Act as either threatened or endangered is now available.
NOAA Fisheries approves some new recreational fishery management measures for three Mid-Atlantic fisheries to address catch overages.
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council met jointly with the ASMFC's Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board last week to adopt 2014 recreational management measures for summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has released a Draft Report on Fishing Best Management Practices and Mitigation Measures for public review.
The New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils are seeking public comment on a draft Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology Omnibus Amendment. Deadline: December 19, 2013.
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has released its Draft Strategic Plan for 2014 – 2018 for public review and comment. Comments will be accepted until January 10, 2014.
NOAA Announces Partial Approval of Amendment 14 to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan
On November 7, 2013, NOAA Fisheries, on behalf of the Secretary of Commerce, partially approved Amendment 14 to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan.
NOAA announces regulations to protect marine mammals during Navy training and testing in Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico
NOAA Fisheries announced today final regulations requiring the United States Navy to implement protective measures during training and testing activities in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico to reduce effects on marine mammals.
NMFS has proposed commercial quotas for the Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog fisheries for 2014, 2015, and 2016. The deadline for submitting comments is November 22, 2013.
Nominations for the NMFS Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel will be accepted through December 6, 2013.
The Council's Draft 2014 Implementation Plan is now available for public comment.
Federal Funding Opportunity: Monkfish Research Set-Aside Program (January 6 deadline for application)
NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, in cooperation with the Mid-Atlantic and New England fishery management councils, is seeking research proposals to utilize 500 Monkfish Days-at-Sea that have been set-aside through the 2014 Monkfish Research Set-Aside Program.
For fishing year 2014 (November 1, 2013–October 31, 2014), the quota will remain at 1.995 million lb. The incidental trip limit will also remain unchanged from the 2013 fishing year at 458 lb.
NOAA Fisheries: Federal Funds Available for Habitat Restoration in Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland and Virginia
NOAA Fisheries Service has announced more than $6 million in funding for habitat restoration projects in Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Virginia to restore more than 11,000 acres of habitat, and open more than 200 stream miles for fish passage.
NOAA Fisheries has announced that all permitted vessels in the Northeast region are now authorized to participate in electronic trip reporting (eVTR).