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Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commiss

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commiss · Total News: 41 · Total Reads: 39239

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Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  ASMFC Approves Atlantic Menhaden Amendment 2 (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  NOAA Fisheries Publishes a Final Rule for South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Amendme (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Federal Fisheries Management Council Approves Measures to Protect Largest Deepwa (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Nontraditional Stakeholders Sought for Participation in ASMFC Shad & River Herri (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  ASMFC Releases Draft Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Coastal Sha (Dawg)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to Meet; Aug 14-17 in Arlington, VA (Dawg)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  ASMFC Board Approves Addendum XVI to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Ba (Dawg)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Atlantic Coastal States Schedule Public Meetings to Gather Input on Coastal Shar (Dawg)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Horseshoe Crab Board Approves Draft Addendum for Public Comment (Dawg)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board Approves Draft Addendum XVIII fo (Dawg)
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ASMFC Approves Atlantic Menhaden Amendment 2
by: Capt_Dave
2012-12-17 13:46:09

ASMFC Approves Atlantic Menhaden Amendment 2

Baltimore, MD – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has approved Amendment 2 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Menhaden. The Amendment establishes a 170,800 MT total allowable catch (TAC) beginning in 2013 and continuing until completion of, and Board action on, the next benchmark stock assessment, scheduled for 2014. The TAC represents a 20% reduction from the average of landings from 2009-2011 and an approximately 25% reduction from 2011 levels. The Board also adopted new biological reference points for biomass based on maximum spawning potential (MSP), with the goal of increasing abundance, spawning stock biomass, and menhaden availability as a forage species.

“Through the selection of the MSP-based reference points, beginning with adoption of Addendum V in 2011 and continuing today, the Board has made a conscious decision to address the ecosystem services provided by Atlantic menhaden,” stated Board Chair Louis Daniel of North Carolina. “Given the stock is experiencing overfishing and is most likely overfished based on the newly adopted reference points, it was incumbent upon the Board to reduce landings in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of the resource and the fisheries that depend on it.”

The Amendment allocates the TAC on a state-by-state basis based on landings history of the fishery from 2009-2011; allocation will be revisited three years after implementation. Further, it reduces the Chesapeake Bay reduction fishery harvest cap by 20% (this is an adjustment of cap which was in place since 2006). States will be required to close their fisheries when the state-specific portion of the TAC has been reached; any overages must be paid back the following year. The Amendment includes provisions to allow for the transfer of quota between states and a bycatch allowance of 6,000 pounds for non-directed fisheries that are operating after a state TAC has been landed.  The Amendment also establishes requirements for timely reporting and improved biological monitoring.

For more information, please contact Mike Waine, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, at mwaine@asmfc.org or 703.842.0740.

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Fish Here News

Fish Here News · Total News: 245 · Total Reads: 201564

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Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Funding agreement allows continued recreational water quality monitoring (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Commercial Fishermen Needed to Remove Marine Debris (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Here come catch shares: How NOAA and the Environmental Defense (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Congressman Walter Jones Questions NOAA Catch Share Policy (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  2010 Flat Bottom Girls Flounder Tournament (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  NOAA affirms catch share push in face of industry fire (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  THE MFC ADVISOR (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Fishing Rights Alliance (FRA) today filed a lawsuit to stop Amendment 16 (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Sea Creature wins 51st Big Rock (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  King Mackerel Tournament to benefit Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter (Coolican)
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Funding agreement allows continued recreational water quality monitoring
by: Capt_Dave
2014-04-09 09:58:12

Funding agreement allows continued recreational water quality monitoring

RALEIGH – The state will be able to continue water quality testing at 38 coastal swimming sites that had been on the chopping block due to cuts in federal funding.

The Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership, or APNEP, provided a $20,000 grant to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries to continue monitoring the sites in northeastern North Carolina.

“This is a great example of the inter-divisional partnerships and coordination being instituted within the Department of Environment and Natural Resources,” said Louis Daniel, director of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, or DMF. “This funding is a huge help to a program that is very important to our coastal region and our many constituents.”

Bill Crowell, director of APNEP, echoed Daniel’s sentiments.

“This program is vital to public health along our coasts. In lean financial times, we’re pleased that our advisory board can provide support to DMF in these critical efforts.”

The 38 swimming sites are along the Neuse River, The Pamlico River, Pantego Creek near Belhaven, Swan Quarter Bay in Hyde County, Vandemere Creek in Pamlico County, and tributaries of the Albemarle Sound. More than half of the 38 sites are at public beaches or near popular summer camps including Camp Vandemere, Camp Don Lee, Camp Hardee, Camp Caroline, Camp Seafarer and Camp Seagull.

The division receives federal assistance from the Environmental Protection Agency to implement the Recreational Water Quality Program. Due to budget reductions that were part of the federal government sequestration, the program had planned to suspend the monitoring of 41 sampling sites until funding was restored.

Afterward, Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base agreed to take over testing of two sites on the New River, the swimming beach at Southwest Creek and at the mouth of Northeast Creek.

Sites monitored through the division’s Recreational Water Quality Program are tested for high bacterial concentrations in coastal recreational waters to protect public health. The program notifies the public when bacteria levels exceed standards for safe bodily contact. Swimming in polluted waters can cause gastrointestinal distress, diarrhea, vomiting, skin rashes and infections.

Sites are tested during the swimming season that runs from April 1 to Oct. 31. All ocean beaches and high-use sound-side beaches are tested weekly from April through September; lower-use beaches are tested twice a month.

In addition to protecting public health, the program provides a long-term source of data to study water quality trends in North Carolina’s sounds. Many of these sites have been regularly monitored since 1997.

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Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Counci

Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Counci · Total News:· Total Reads: 0

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Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council · Total News: 39 · Total Reads: 42795

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Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Hatteras North - Recreational Black Sea Bass Closure Effective November 1, 2012 (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Mid-Atlantic Council to Host Two-Part Public Listening Session on August 14 (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's April 2012 meeting (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Atlantic States Schedule Hearings on Atlantic Menhaden Draft Addendum V (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Meeting January 16, 2008 (Dawg)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Public Meetings December 10-14, 2007 (Dawg)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  ASMFC Approves 2008 TALs for Summer Flounder, Scup, Black Sea Bass, and Bluefish (Dawg)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Mid-Atlantic Council and its Committees to Meet; May 2-4 in Virginia Beach, VA (Dawg)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Council Meeting in Virginia Beach, VA: May 2-4, 2006 (Dawg)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Amendment 15 (Dawg)
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Hatteras North - Recreational Black Sea Bass Closure Effective November 1, 2012
by: Capt_Dave
2012-10-25 08:52:15

Hatteras North - Recreational Black Sea Bass Closure Effective November 1, 2012

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced yesterday that the recreational black sea bass fishery will close on November 1, 2012. The fishery will remain closed to recreational fishermen in federal waters (3-200 miles from shore) through the end of the year.

The early closure was prompted last week by the release of recreational catch data that indicated the recreational harvest limit for black sea bass had been exceeded. In addition to a shortened season, the recreational fishery will face reduced catch limits in 2013 or 2014 to account for the overage. This is the first season in which the recreational black sea bass fishery will have to pay back a harvest overage.

Although the most recent assessment update for black sea bass indicated that the stock was not overfished and that overfishing was not occurring, the fishery continues to present substantial management challenges due to multiple issues with scientific uncertainty.

“The Council’s management of black sea bass has been constrained by scientific uncertainty in the assessment and quota-setting process. The apparent performance and health of the fishery raises important scientific and management issues that need to be resolved,” said Council Chairman Rick Robins. “We understand that the closure will have serious implications for the recreational fishing community and are committed to working closely with the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, the NMFS regional office, the Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC), and the ASMFC to address the scientific and management issues in the black sea bass fishery as quickly as possible.”

The closure, which applies to both private anglers and party/charter vessels, prohibits fishing for or possessing black sea bass in Federal waters for the remainder of 2012. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is expected to discuss the harvest of black sea bass in state waters at its annual meeting this week.

Read the full announcement from NOAA Fisheries here:

http://www.nero.noaa.gov/nr/doc/12/12bsbclosurerecphl.pdf

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NCDENR

NCDENR · Total News: 59 · Total Reads: 51299

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Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Marine Fisheries Commission seeks advisers (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Advisory Committees to Meet Jointly to Discuss Petition to Reclassify Coastal Wa (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  State observers out gathering information by watching anglers fish (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Marine Fisheries Commission Continues to Seek Advisers (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Marine Fisheries Commission Chooses Draft Management Measures for Blue Crab (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Marine Fisheries Commission Meeting Set for Morehead City (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Public Hearings Scheduled for Snapper Grouper Amendment 18A (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  COMMERCIAL LANDINGS DOWN; DOCKSIDE VALUE UP IN 2007 (Dawg)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Recreational Fishing License (CRFL) Advisory Committee (Dawg)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  RED DRUM FISH PRINTS STILL AVAILABLE FOR SALE (Dawg)
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Marine Fisheries Commission seeks advisers
by: Capt_Dave
2014-09-23 09:57:59

Marine Fisheries Commission seeks advisers

MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission is looking for commercial and recreational fishermen and scientists to advise it on various fisheries issues.

Two regional advisory committees – Northern and Southern – and three standing advisory committees – Finfish, Habitat and Water Quality, and Shellfish/Crustacean – review matters referred to them by the commission, such as draft fishery management plans, and recommend management strategies. Committees may also bring issues pertaining to their region or subject matter to the commission’s attention.

The Marine Fisheries Commission chairman appoints members to these committees for three-year terms, and several terms will expire in January.

In addition, the commission is seeking a commercial pound net fisherman to serve on the Sea Turtle Advisory Committee.

To be qualified to serve on a committee, applicants may not have had a significant fisheries violation within the past three years.

Individuals interested in serving as an adviser should be willing to attend meetings at least once every two months and actively participate in the committee process, which includes reviewing scientific documents and issue papers to make recommendations on management strategies. Advisers will be reimbursed for travel and other expenses incurred in relation to their official duties.

Adviser applications are available online at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/mfc-advisory-committees, at Division of Marine Fisheries’ offices or by calling 252-808-8022 or 800-682-2632. Applications should be returned by Nov. 1 to the Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557, Attention: Nancy Fish.

 

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NCDMF

NCDMF · Total News: 980 · Total Reads: 579375

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Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Public input sought for Kingfish Fishery Management Plan review (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Majority of N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission members to attend captains meeting (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  State removing buoys that are no longer needed at artificial reefs (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  State certifies new state record African pompano (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  KING AND SPANISH MACKEREL (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Albemarle/Roanoke striped bass stock moved to concern in stock status report (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Marine Fisheries Commission seeks sea turtle advisers (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  SPOTTED SEATROUT RECREATIONAL (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Some waters to reopen to flounder gill nets (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Marine Fisheries Artificial Reef Program to hold public meeting on New Hanover C (Capt_Dave)
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Public input sought for Kingfish Fishery Management Plan review
by: Capt_Dave
2015-01-26 11:16:47

Public input sought for Kingfish Fishery Management Plan review

MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is asking the public to submit comments on issues they would like to see addressed in an upcoming Kingfish Fishery Management Plan.

The division has started a mandated review of the N.C. Kingfish Fishery Management Plan, adopted by the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission in 2007. The agency is soliciting public feedback as part of an internal process to determine what procedural method to take in reviewing the plan.

If changes in management strategies or rules are needed, the division will pursue a plan amendment, where division staff and an advisory committee develop positions on specific issues that need to be addressed. If changes in management strategies are not required, the division will proceed with a revision, which is a more abbreviated process that involves updating data and fishery information contained in the plan.

Written comments will be accepted until Feb. 17 and should be addressed to Beth Egbert, N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 1965, Manteo, N.C. 27954, or sent by email to Beth.Egbert@ncdenr.gov or to Kevin Brown, N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557 or sent by email to Kevin.H.Brown@ncdenr.gov.

State law requires the division to prepare a fishery management plan for adoption by the Marine Fisheries Commission for all commercially and recreationally significant species or fisheries that comprise state marine and estuarine resources. These plans provide management strategies designed to ensure long-term viability of the species.

Kingfish are species of fish, also known as sea mullet and whiting, which are found off the North Carolina coast and in its rivers and sounds.

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New England Fishery Management Council

New England Fishery Management Council · Total News:· Total Reads: 71

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Rec Mass Bass reg changes
by: ubettcha
2015-04-10 11:31:15

April 10, 2015
MarineFisheries Advisory

 

New Recreational Regulations for Striped Bass: 1 fish at 28"

 


 

 

The Division of Marine Fisheries (MarineFisheries) has adopted a 1-fish recreational bag limit for Atlantic striped bass in 2015; the recreational minimum size limit remains the same at 28". This bag limit reduction (from 2 fish) was undertaken to reduce recreational harvest in Massachusetts by at least 25%, as required by the interstate management plan. Massachusetts’ commercial quota has also been reduced by 25%. Read on for further details.

 

This past October, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission approved Addendum IV to Amendment 6 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Atlantic Striped Bass. The Addendum responds to results of the 2013 benchmark stock assessment, which found that fishing mortality in 2012 was above target, and female spawning stock biomass has been steadily declining below the target level since 2006.

 

Addendum IV adopts a 25% harvest reduction from 2013 levels for coastal fisheries, and 20.5% harvest reduction from 2012 levels for the Chesapeake Bay fisheries (this lower reduction is due to the Bay jurisdictions taking a 14% cut in 2013 based on their management program). For the coastal fisheries, the Addendum reduces the commercial quotas by 25% and decreases the recreational bag limit to 1 fish. Under Amendment 6, states may implement alternative state-specific recreational measures if they can demonstrate that the measures will have the same conservation value.

 

MarineFisheries collected public comment on several options to comply with Addendum IV this past winter. At the request of some representatives and participants in the for-hire fishery, we entertained two alternatives to the 1 fish at 28" FMP standard that included 2 fish at more conservative size limits; these alternatives would have applied only to the for-hire fishing mode.

 

After careful consideration, MarineFisheries and the Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission selected the FMP standard of 1 fish at 28" minimum for all modes (private and for-hire). This change has the best chance of achieving a 25% harvest reduction, is easiest to understand, encourages compliance, and simplifies enforcement. In addition, public support for the 2-fish alternatives was limited.

 

Harvest projections for mode-specific regulations are less certain than for fishery-wide regulations. Confidence in the effectiveness of mode-specific regulations is further reduced if compliance erodes. Introducing a separate striped bass measure to regulate the for-hire mode from all other recreational fishermen (and commercial fishermen) would reduce compliance and complicate enforcement. Enforcement of alternative rules across the entire population of our for-hire permit holders (numbering 900), particularly when for-hire permit holders are fishing without patrons aboard, would have proven troublesome. A universal rule also removes any negative perceptions about benefits from a “dual-standard” allowed to for-hire patrons. Anglers in Massachusetts will operate under the same rules as those in our neighboring states in 2015, as New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Connecticut have also adopted 1 fish at 28" minimum rules. For more information, refer to www.mass.gov/marinefisheries.

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NMFS Permit Shop

NMFS Permit Shop · Total News: 68 · Total Reads: 49161

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Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  NMFS Solicits Proposals for MAFMC 2013 Research Set-Aside Program (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Atlantic Highly Migratory Species News (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  2008 Bluefish Specifications Announced (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  NMFS announces Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) retention limits (Dawg)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  PERMITS FOR 2007 ARE NOW AVAILABLE (Dawg)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  NMFS Proposes Initial Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Quotas (Dawg)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Daily Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (BFT) Retention Limit (Dawg)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  General Category 3 Fish Bag Limit Extended and Restricted Fishing Days waived fo (Dawg)
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NMFS Solicits Proposals for MAFMC 2013 Research Set-Aside Program
by: Capt_Dave
2012-02-21 19:52:49

NMFS Solicits Proposals for MAFMC 2013 Research Set-Aside Program

 

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced that it is accepting proposals under the Mid-Atlantic Council's Research Set-Aside (RSA) Program for research activities to be conducted in 2013.  Applications must be received by NMFS on or before 5 p.m. EST on April 2, 2012.

 

The Council, in coordination with NMFS and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, may set aside up to 3 percent of the total allowable landings (TAL) in certain Mid-Atlantic fisheries to be used for research endeavors.  The RSA program provides a mechanism to fund research and compensate vessel owners through the sale of fish harvested under the research quota.  Vessels participating in an approved research project may be authorized by the NMFS Northeast Regional Administrator to harvest and land species in excess of any imposed trip limit or during fishery closures.  Landings from such trips are sold to generate funds that help defray the costs associated with the approved research projects. No Federal funds are provided for research under this notification.

 

NMFS is soliciting proposals for research activities concerning the summer flounder, scup, black sea bass, Loligo squid, Illex squid, Atlantic mackerel, butterfish, river herring, bluefish, and tilefish fisheries.  NMFS and the Council will give priority to funding proposals addressing the research needs as follows:

 

2013 Research Priority List

 

 

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NOAA Fisheries

NOAA Fisheries · Total News: 379 · Total Reads: 224937

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Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Codfish closed GOM till further notice (ubettcha)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  NOAA Announces New Regulations for King and Spanish Mackerel in the Gulf of Mexi (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  NOAA Fisheries Published a Final Rule to Modify Management of Vermilion Snapper (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  August 2013 Opening of Commercial and Recreational Red Snapper Season in the Sou (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Status of Possible Opening in 2013 of Commercial and Recreational Red Snapper Se (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Recreational Harvest of Snowy Grouper Closing to Vessels Fishing in the South At (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  NOAA Fisheries Requests Public Comments on Actions to Improve Management of Verm (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Proposed Actions for Red Snapper in the South A (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Commercial Harvest of Red Snapper and Gray Triggerfish in the South Atlantic Fed (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  NOAA Fisheries Publishes a Final Rule to Allow Transfer of Black Sea Bass Pot En (Capt_Dave)
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Codfish closed GOM till further notice
by: ubettcha
2015-04-14 16:06:44

April 14, 2015
MarineFisheries Advisory

Recreational Gulf of Maine Cod Fishery Closed and

Commercial Gulf of Maine Cod Trip Limit Reduced to 200 Pounds

 

 

 

 

The Division of Marine Fisheries (MarineFisheries) has taken emergency action to immediately reduce the commercial and recreational harvest of Gulf of Maine (GOM) cod (322 CMR 6.03):

 

·       Recreational Rule Changes

Until further notice, recreational fishermen (both private and aboard for-hire vessels) may not retain or land any cod taken from the Gulf of Maine Management Area, which includes all state-waters within Cape Cod Bay and Massachusetts Bay north to the Massachusetts/New Hampshire border. Recreational vessels may transit the GOM Management Area with cod legally harvested from outside the GOM Management Area provided all fish and gear are properly stowed and fishing activity is not occurring.

 

·       Commercial Rule Changes

Additionally, MarineFisheries has reduced the commercial trip limit for Gulf of Maine cod from 800 to 200 pounds. This trip limit applies to all state-waters commercial groundfish permit endorsement holders, as well as any federal groundfish permit holder fishing in state-waters.

 

The most recent stock assessment for Gulf of Maine cod has demonstrated that the stock was overfished with over fishing occurring. Spawning stock biomass was determined to be at 3-4% of the target. Due to these severe stock conditions, the National Marine Fisheries Service promulgated emergency regulations in the early winter of 2014 and is set to promulgate additional rules during the spring of 2015 to reduce fishing mortality and protect spawning aggregations. MarineFisheries has taken the above described actions to complement these federal rules for the 2015 fishing year (FY) that runs from May 1, 2015 thru April 30, 2016.

 

DMF will take these emergency regulations to public hearing later this spring. In addition, MarineFisheries will also take comment on final rules to adjust recreational GOM haddock fishing limits and commercial GOM groundfish closures to complement anticipated federal rule changes for FY2015.  A formal announcement of this public hearing is forth coming.

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NOAA News

NOAA News · Total News: 406 · Total Reads: 266779

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Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  NOAA, UNC-Wilmington study finds warming Atlantic ocean temperatures could incre (Capt_Dave)
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Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  NOAA Names Richard D. Methot, Jr., New NOAA Science Advisor for Stock Assessment (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  U.S. Commerce Department Announces 2012 Regional Fishery Council Appointments (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  NOAA Honors Fishery Management Councils (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  U.S., European Union to strengthen cooperation to combat illegal fishing (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  The Road to End Overfishing: 35 Years of Magnuson Act (Capt_Dave)
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NOAA, UNC-Wilmington study finds warming Atlantic ocean temperatures could incre
by: Capt_Dave
2014-09-17 17:56:41

Warming water temperatures due to climate change could expand the range of many native species of tropical fish, including the invasive and poisonous lionfish, according to a study of 40 species along rocky and artificial reefs off North Carolina by researchers from NOAA and the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

The findings, reported for the first time, were published in the September issue of Marine Ecology Progress Series.

“The results will allow us to better understand how the fish communities might shift under different climate change scenarios and provide the type of environmental data to inform future decisions relating to the management and siting of protected areas,” said Paula Whitfield, a research ecologist at NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and lead author of the study.

The North Carolina reefs lie within the temperate-tropical transition zone, where historically, both temperate and tropical species live, at their respective range limits. However, water temperatures in the zone are becoming more tropical, making it an important place to detect climate changes and its impacts.

The researchers first  made these discoveries during an ecological study of the marine communities on the North Carolina reefs. Findings from this earlier study showed similar shifts of climate change induced shifts in algal populations.

Researchers combined year-round bottom water temperature data with 2006-2010 fish community surveys in water depths from 15 to 150 feet off the coast of North Carolina. The study revealed that the fish community was primarily tropical in the deeper areas surveyed, from 122 to 150 feet, with a winter mean temperature of 21 °C (69.8 °F). However, many of these native tropical fishes, usually abundant in shallow, somewhat cooler reefs, tended to remain in the deeper, warmer water, suggesting that temperature is a main factor in controlling their distribution.

“Globally, fish communities are becoming more tropical as a result of warming temperatures,  as fish move to follow their optimal temperature range.,” said Whitfield. “Along the North Carolina coast, warming water temperatures may allow the expansion of tropical fish species, such as lionfish, into areas that were previously uninhabitable due to cold winter temperatures. The temperature thresholds collected in this study will allow us to detect and to estimate fish community changes related to water temperature.”

“This kind of monitoring data set is quite rare because it combines multi-year quantitative fish density data with continuous bottom water temperature data from the same location,” said Jonathan A. Hare, NOAA Fisheries research oceanographer and a co-author on the study.

Similarly, the distribution of the venomous Indo-Pacific lionfish (Pterois volitans), a species new to the Atlantic since 2000, was restricted to water depths deeper than 87 feet where the average water temperature was higher than 15.2°C (approximately 59.4 °F). As the more shallow waters warm, lionfish may expand their range, since they seem to be attracted to areas with a warmer  minimum temperature. Although lionfish only arrived in North Carolina in 2000 they were the most common species observed in water depths from 122 to 150 feet in this study.

Since their first sighting off the Florida east coast, in the late 1980s, lionfish have spread throughout the western North Atlantic including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. They are considered a major threat to Atlantic reefs by reducing reef fish recruitment and biomass, and have been implicated in cascading impacts such as decreased coral cover on coral reefs. To date, cold winter bottom temperatures are the only factor found to control their distribution on a large scale.

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North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commis

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MEETINGS TO DISCUSS FUTURE RED DRUM MANAGEMENT
by: Capt_Dave
2008-03-14 06:04:44

MEETINGS TO DISCUSS FUTURE RED DRUM MANAGEMENT
 
MOREHEAD CITY – A series of meetings will begin next week offering the public an opportunity to discuss future management of North Carolina’s red drum fishery.
 
The five meetings will detail proposals in a draft update to the state’s Red Drum Fishery Management Plan. A fishery management plan makes long-term regulatory recommendations for a fishery.
 
The meetings will be held:
 
Tuesday, March 4                      6 p.m.                         McKimmon Center
1101 Gorman Street
Raleigh

Wednesday, March 5                      6 p.m.                   Craven County Agriculture Building
300 Industrial Drive
New Bern

Thursday, March 6                         6:30 p.m.                Hatteras Civic Center
Hwy. 12
Hatteras

Tuesday, March 11                      6:30 p.m.                 Dobo Hall
Room 103
University of North Carolina-Wilmington
Wilmington

Wednesday, April 2              Noon                           Department of Environment and
Natural Resources Regional Office
943 Washington Square Mall
Washington
 
These meetings are being held in conjunction with scheduled advisory committee meetings for the Marine Fisheries Commission.
 
            Since April 2007, an advisory group, consisting of commercial and recreational fishermen, scientists, and N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries staff, has been discussing issues relating to the red drum fishery so as to revise the 2001 fishery management plan. The advisory committee drafted the proposed plan, now going out for public input.
 
           Once the public meetings are complete, the Marine Fisheries Commission will endorse all or portions of the plan, which is then sent to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the General Assembly for review and comment. The draft plan will come back before the Marine Fisheries Commission for any modifications and then the rulemaking process begins. When rulemaking is complete, the commission adopts the final plan and implements any needed rules.
 
           Included in the draft Red Drum Fishery Management Plan are management recommendations for trip and gear limits, educational outreach, environmental concerns and data needs. The public is encouraged to attend these meetings and share their thoughts on the future of the red drum fishery.
 
           Recommended changes to commercial harvest regulations
 
           Continue the current commercial regulations, which are a 250,000-pound annual harvest cap, prohibited possession of fish greater than 27 inches and a seven fish trip limit with a provision requiring that red drum make up no more than 50 percent of the total catch. The director of the Division of Marine Fisheries has authority to modify the trip limit.
 
           Or
 
          Continue the current 250,000-pound annual harvest cap, but increase the trip limit to 10 fish; allow possession of up to three fish while fishing, prior to meeting the 50-percent bycatch provision, so long as the total catch, upon landing, meets the 50-percent bycatch provision
 
          Recommended changes to attendance requirements for small mesh gill nets (smaller than 5-inches stretched mesh)
 
          Lengthen the seasonal attendance requirement for small mesh gill nets (currently May 1 – Oct. 31) to May 1 through Dec. 31 in primary and permanent secondary nursery areas and modified no-trawl areas, within 200 yards of the shoreline in areas north of Core Sound and within 100 yards of the shoreline in Core Sound and waters south.
 
          Or
 
          Require year-round attendance of small mesh gill nets in primary and permanent secondary nursery areas, except for the Albemarle Sound Management Area, Core Sound and waters south; lengthen the seasonal attendance (currently May 1 – Oct. 31) to May 1 – Nov. 31 in primary and permanent secondary nursery areas and modified no-trawl areas in Core Sound and waters south; and lengthen the attendance season to May 1 – Nov. 31 within 200 yards of the shoreline statewide, except for Core Sound and waters south during October and November
 
          Recommended changes to attendance requirements for large mesh gill nets (greater than 5 inches stretched mesh)
 
          Require unattended large mesh gill nets to be set a minimum of 25 yards from shore from June through October.
 
          Or
 
          Require unattended large mesh gill nets to be set parallel from shore and a minimum of 10 feet from shore in all state waters.
 
          Recreational size and bag limits
 
          No changes are recommended to the current recreational slot size and creel limit of one fish per day between 18 inches and 27 inches.
 
          Visit http://www.ncdmf.net/download/RDFMP_revised%20draf_%202-19-08.pdf to view the Red Drum Fishery Management Plan. For more information about red drum management, please contact Lee Paramore by e-mail at lee.paramore@ncmail.net or by calling 252-473-5734

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CAPTAINS DECISION TO SAIL INTO THE PATH OF A HURRICANE CAUSED THE TALL SHIP BOU
by: Capt_Dave
2014-02-10 18:45:04

CAPTAIN’S DECISION TO SAIL INTO THE PATH OF A HURRICANE CAUSED THE TALL SHIP BOUNTY TO SINK OFF ATLANTIC COAST

February 10, 2014

WASHINGTON – A captain’s “reckless decision to sail into the well-forecasted path of Hurricane Sandy” was the probable cause of the sinking of a ship off the North Carolina coast in October 2012, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a report released today. The captain and one crewmember died in the accident. Three other crewmembers were seriously injured.

On the evening of October 25, 2012, a day after a closely watched developing storm had reached hurricane strength, the 108-foot-long tall wooden ship, the Bounty, set sail from New London, Conn., for St. Petersburg, Fla., into the forecasted path of Superstorm Sandy. The 52-year-old vessel, a replica of the original 18th Century British Admiralty ship of the same name, was built for MGM Studios for the 1962 movie, “Mutiny on the Bounty.”

Prior to setting off from New London, some of the crewmembers had expressed their concerns to the captain that sailing into a severe storm could put all of them and the ship at risk. The captain assured the crew that the Bounty could handle the rough seas and that the voyage would be a success. Just a month earlier, in an interview with a Maine TV station, the captain said that the Bounty “chased hurricanes,” and by getting close to the eye of the storm, sailors could use hurricane winds to their advantage.

The 16-page report details how a mostly inexperienced crew – some injured from falls, others seasick and fatigued from the constant thrashing of 30-foot seas – struggled for many hours to keep the ships engines running and bilge pumps operating so the seawater filling the vessel would not overtake it.

In the early morning hours of October 29, 2012, about 110 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., the Bounty heeled sharply to the starboard side after taking on more than 10 feet of water in the final hours of a three and a half day voyage that the NTSB said, “should never have been attempted.”

Despite hurricane winds gusting upwards of 100 mph, the U.S. Coast Guard was able to rescue all but two of the Bounty’s 16 crewmembers by hoisting them from the sea into three Jayhawk helicopters in the midst of the storm. The body of one crewmember was found, still in a protective immersion suit, about 10 hours after rescue operations had commenced. The captain was presumed lost at sea; his body was never recovered.

“Although this wooden ship was modeled after an 18th century vessel, the Captain had access to 21st century hurricane modeling tools that predicted the path and severity of Hurricane Sandy,” said NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. “The Bounty’s crew was put into an extraordinarily hazardous situation through decisions that by any measure didn’t prioritize safety.”

Prior to setting to sea, the Bounty had been in a Maine shipyard for maintenance and repairs, most of which was accomplished by a crew with little experience in such specialized work. One of their tasks was to caulk and reseam a wooden hull, which had known areas of rot, with compounds supplied by the captain, including a silicone sealant marketed for household use.

The entity that owned and operated the ship, HMS Bounty Organization, LLC, did nothing to dissuade the captain from sailing into known severe weather conditions. The NTSB said that such a lack of effective safety oversight by the vessel organization contributed to the sinking.

The entire report is available at http://www.ntsb.gov/doclib/reports/2014/MAB1403.pdf

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Recreational Fishing Alliance

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NEFMC to vote on closing Stellwagon to all rec fishing
by: ubettcha
2015-03-31 15:22:39

NEW ENGLAND COUNCIL TO VOTE ON RECREATIONAL CLOSURES

Meetings Set On Proposal to Stop Anglers Groundfishing at Research Area

 

March 31, 2015 - On April 21 through 23, the New England Fishery Management Council (Council) will vote on the proposed Stellwagen Bank Designated Habitat Research Area (DHRA), which would close down a 55-square-mile area of Stellwagen Bank to recreational anglers.  The Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) is encouraging saltwater anglers and recreational fishing and boating industry leaders to attend this final hearing and let their voices be heard.   A list of voting council members can be found at www.nefmc.org

.    Contact the voting representatives on the Council and indicate that you need their support to vote "NO" on the Stellwagen Bank DHRA which would close 55 square miles of prime fishing grounds to recreational fishing, by voting for the "No Action" alternative in the Habitat Amendment 2 document.

 

 

Capt. Mike Pierdinock,  who is the RFA's Massachusetts Chairman, indicated that the DHRA would result in the closure of one of the last areas that are accessible to the for-hire fleet and recreational anglers that provides fruitful levels of cod, haddock and other bottom fish. "This is neither the time nor the place to consider such a closure while we struggle with a poor economy, with the existing cod closures, reduced bag limits on haddock over fewer weeks per year, and the recent reduction in the striped bass bag limit," he said.

 

The basis for the selection of the proposed DHRA is riddled with flawed science and inconsistencies that question the basic foundation and selection of the area for research.  "We pointed out flaws in  the science, and then the goal and objective of the closure changed from week to week. This has been going on for years.  What is the purpose and objective of this closure if it isn't based on sound science, which is supposed to be the basis of fishery management decisions?" he continued.

 

Earlier this year, the Council's Recreational Advisory Panel sent a strong message to the Council, unanimously opposing the proposed research area. However, the Sanctuary continues to indicate that only five charter boats fish within this area, based upon Vessel Trip Resports (VTRs). New England recreational fishermen as well as other NOAA agencies point out that Vessel Trip Reports (VTRs) do not provide an accurate picture of fishing activity.  Over 200 anglers showed up at the public meetings in Plymouth and Gloucester indicating that they fish within the proposed closure area yet the Sanctuary continues to indicate that only five charter boats fish within this area.

 

"VTRs only capture one location per fishing trip, even though we typically fish multiple locations on a given day," said Charlie Wade, President of the Stellwagen Bank Charter Boat Association.  "The instructions ask us to report only the center point that represents all our activity on a given day. How can you possibly use that data to conclude anything about where we actually fish? Fishermen move in and out of this area on any given trip.

 

 

Concerns on behalf of the recreational fishing community are also being echoed by several Massachusetts legislators who are worried about the proposal and who have been urging the Council to consider the economic impacts of the proposed closure. "Our charter boat captains are telling us that this proposal is going to exact a heavy toll," said Rep. Vinny deMacedo, a Massachusetts State Representative from the First Plymouth District. "And decreased recreational fishing means less bait and tackle sales, fewer fishermen visiting our hotels and shopping districts, and less boats in our marinas."

 

 

"We know our recreational and commercial fishermen are laboring under enormous ecological, regulatory, and financial pressures," said Rep. Jim Cantwell of the Fourth Plymouth district.  "Our fishermen are telling us this closure would just be another nail in the coffin."

 

"Recreational fishing plays a pivotal role in the local economy," added state Senator Robert Hedlund of the Plymouth and Norfolk District of Massachusetts.  "This shutdown will be disastrous not only to the captains and crew of these boats but to the local restaurants, hotels and tackle shops. I strongly urge the council to reject any proposed closure of Stellwagen."

 

"NOAA is saying this closure will not greatly impact the fishing industry, but our fishermen are saying otherwise," added Rep. Tom Calter, a State Representative for the 12th Plymouth District.  "We urge the New England Fishery Management Council to hear their plea and consider the impact this will have not only on the boaters' livelihoods, but on the local economy as well."

RFA executive director Jim Donofrio praised the bipartisan support from Massachusetts legislators as a key factor in the upcoming Council vote. "There should be nothing to gridlock this vote. Denying access to these fishing grounds will have a devastating economic impact on the charter/party and recreational anglers and all of the businesses that rely on this historic fishery

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SC Dept. of Natural Resources

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New South Carolina Saltwater Finfish Regulations
by: Capt_Tom
2007-06-16 16:23:34

Newly Regulated Finfish Species

New fisheries laws adding or changing catch limits and retention sizes on a number of recreationally important saltwater finfish species in South Carolina have been passed by the SC General Assembly and are now in place.

The new laws, effective June 15, concern the harvest of black drum, weakfish, hardhead and gafftopsail saltwater catfish, red drum, spotted seatrout, flounder, black seabass, and dolphin. These new state fisheries laws were adopted primarily to support a proactive and precautionary approach in natural resources management to help deal with increasing fishing pressures and environmental stresses placed on South Carolina’s marine finfish resources associated with coastal growth and development.

Details of the new laws are as follows:

Species of Fish Bag Limit Size Limit
Black Drum 5 per person per day Must be 14 inches Total Length or greater and equal to or less than 27 inches Total Length
Weakfish (summer trout; gray trout) 10 per person per day 12 inch Total Length minimum
Hardhead and Gafftopsail saltwater catfish Possession is prohibited  
Red Drum (spot tailed bass; redfish) 3 per person per day Must be 15 inches Total Length or greater, and equal to or less than 23 inches Total Length maximum
Spotted Seatrout (winter trout; speckled trout) 10 per person per day 14 inch Total Length minimum
Flounder (southern flounder; summer flounder; gulf flounder) 20 per person per day, not to exceed 40 per BOAT per day 14 inch Total Length minimum
Black Seabass (blackfish) Made state regulations mimic federal regulations
Federal - 15 per person per day
12 inch Total Length minimum
Dolphin (mahi) Made state regulations mimic federal regulations
Federal - 10 per person per day, 60 per boat per day (headboats excluded from boat limit)
No size limit

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South Atlantic Fishery Management Counci

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NOAA Fisheries Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Actions to Modify Catch Limits
by: Capt_Dave
2014-12-08 14:40:09

 NOAA Fisheries Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Actions to Modify Catch Limits for Snapper-Grouper Species and Gray Triggerfish Management Measures
 
NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on Amendment 29 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Amendment 29). NOAA Fisheries is also seeking public comment on the proposed rule to implement the management measures in the amendment. Amendment 29 proposes to:

    Update the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (Council) acceptable biological catch control rule for determining catch levels of unassessed species.
    Adjust the acceptable biological catch value for 14 unassessed snapper-grouper species.
    Revise the annual catch limits for three species complexes and four snapper-grouper species.
    Establish a minimum size limit for gray triggerfish in federal waters off North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia for both the commercial and recreational sectors.
    Revise the commercial and recreational minimum size limit for gray triggerfish off the east coast of Florida.
    Establish a commercial split season for gray triggerfish.
    Establish commercial trip limits for gray triggerfish.

The Council has submitted Amendment 29 to NOAA Fisheries for review, approval, and implementation. The Notice of Availability for Amendment 29 published in the Federal Register on November 23, 2014 (79 FR 69819), and the comment period ends on January 23, 2015. The proposed rule published in the Federal Register on December 8, 2014 (79 FR 72567) and the comment period ends on January 7, 2015. All comments specifically directed toward the amendment or the rule will be addressed in the final rule.

For more information on Amendment 29, please visit the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office Web site at:

http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/s_atl/sg/2014/am29/index.html. An electronic version of the amendment and proposed rule is available at that Web site or from the e-rulemaking portal, www.regulations.gov.

How to Submit Comments

You may submit comments by the following methods:

    Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2014-0132 click the "Comment Now!" icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.
    Mail: NOAA Fisheries

               Southeast Regional Office

               Sustainable Fisheries Division

               c/o Karla Gore

               263 13th Avenue South

               St. Petersburg, Florida 3370-5505


NOAA Fisheries will accept anonymous comments. Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only. Comments received through means not specified in this bulletin may not be considered.

More Information

For more information on Amendment 29, please click on this link to the Frequently Asked Questions found at: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/s_atl/sg/2014/am29/index.html.  This bulletin serves as a Small Entity Compliance Guide, complying with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Federal Agencies Announce Availability of Sea Turtle Five-year Status Reviews
by: Dawg
2007-09-03 10:12:54

Federal Agencies Announce Availability of Sea Turtle Five-year Status Reviews


   The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries
   Service (Agencies) jointly announced today the completion and
   availability of six five-year status reviews for federally listed sea
   turtles: Olive ridley sea turtle; Kemp’s ridley sea turtle; Leatherback
   sea turtle; Green sea turtle; Hawksbill sea turtle; and Loggerhead sea
   turtle.

   Both agencies share jurisdiction for federally listed sea turtles and
   jointly conducted the reviews.

   After reviewing all of the best scientific and commercially available
   information and data, the agencies’ biologists recommended that the
   current listing classification for the six sea turtle species remain
   unchanged.

   The past decade has seen many technological advances, a diversity of
   research, and completion of numerous on the ground recovery efforts for
   sea turtles through work done by FWS, NMFS, and dedicated sea turtle
   conservation partners in the U.S and many other countries.  This has
   allowed us to better understand the biology of these six sea turtles and
   in some areas improve protection and conservation measures where they
   are showing improvement.  Refer to each five-year review for examples
   and more information on accomplishments and work that is ongoing or
   still must be undertaken to recover the world's sea turtles.

   The five-year reviews and a list of Frequently Asked Questions are
   available online at
http://www.fws.gov/northflorida or may be requested
   by email to
seaturtles@fws.gov, by fax at 904-232-2404, by mail at U.S.
   Fish and Wildlife Service, Attn: Sea Turtle Five-year Reviews, 6620
   Southpoint Drive South, Suite 310, Jacksonville, FL 32216-0958, or by
   telephone at 904/232-2580.  Please include your name and street mailing
   address in your request. E-mail requests will receive an automated
   response confirming receipt of your request.

   NOAA Fisheries Service is dedicated to protecting and preserving our
   nation’s living marine resources and their habitat through scientific
   research, management and enforcement. NOAA Fisheries Service provides
   effective stewardship of these resources for the benefit of the nation,
   supporting coastal communities that depend upon them, and helping to
   provide safe and healthy seafood to consumers and recreational
   opportunities for the American public. To learn more about NOAA
   Fisheries Service, please visit:
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov.

   The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency
   responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife,
   plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American
   people. Visit the Service’s website at
http://www.fws.gov.

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US Corps of Engineers

US Corps of Engineers · Total News: 30 · Total Reads: 25362

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Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Shallow-draft Inlet Meeting (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Shoaling Reported in Bogue Inlet Channel (Dawg)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Surveys indicate shoaling in Carolina Beach (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Coastal Communities Navigation Conference (Dawg)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Corps Wants Ideas On Inlet (reeltrouble)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  NOTICE (Dawg)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Re-Issues Dredge Schedule FY 2005 (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  New Inlet Surveys Added (Dawg)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Corps and Coast Guard work cooperatively to address shoaled inlets (Dawg)
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Shallow-draft Inlet Meeting
by: Capt_Dave
2012-08-06 01:10:17

Shallow-draft Inlet Meeting

 

The Wilmington District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will conduct a Shallow-draft Inlet Meeting at 2:00 pm on Tuesday August 7, 2012.  The meeting will be held at Pearsall Memorial Presbyterian Church located at 3902 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28403.

 

We will be discussing all project issues for the following five (5) shallow-draft inlets:

 

          1.  Bogue Inlet

          2.  New River Inlet

          3.  New Topsail Inlet

          4.  Carolina Beach Inlet

          5.  Lockwoods Folly Inlet

 

The purpose of the meeting is to inform the users of current project conditions, project funding, and talk about our plans for future work.  This meeting will serve as a forum for navigation beneficiaries to get a better understanding of our dredging program.  Feel free to pass this invite to any project stakeholders that I may have missed. If you have any questions, please give me a call.

Thanks,

 

Bob Keistler

 

 

Robert (Bob) W. Keistler, PE

Project Manager

USACE - Wilmington District

69 Darlington Avenue

Wilmington, NC 28403

 

Telephone:  (910) 251-4709

Email: robert.w.keistler@saw02.usace.army.mil

 

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USCG 5th District

USCG 5th District · Total News: 796 · Total Reads: 528024

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Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Coast Guard regulates navigation in Oregon Inlet to safeguard mariners, Herbert (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Coast Guard responds to boat allision with Bonner Bridge (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Coast Guard rescues 7 from sinking boat in Diamond Shoals (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Coast Guard medevacs 2 from grounded boat near Morehead City (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Coast Guard reminds fishermen of Atlantic Striped Bass restrictions (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Coast Guard rescues 2 from capsized boat near Shallotte (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Coast Guard assists 2 stranded kayakers near Emerald Isle (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Coast Guard, good Samaritans rescue 4 after vessel sinks 50 miles southeast of B (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Coast Guard advises mariners of Coastal Carolina Railroad Bridge temporary sched (Capt_Dave)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Boaters are urged to stay safe during Labor Day weekend (Capt_Dave)
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Coast Guard regulates navigation in Oregon Inlet to safeguard mariners, Herbert
by: Capt_Dave
2014-12-17 11:22:40

Coast Guard regulates navigation in Oregon Inlet to safeguard mariners, Herbert C. Bonner Bridge

 

The Coast Guard established a temporary regulated navigation area Thursday for the navigable waters surrounding the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge in North Carolina.

The RNA allows the Coast Guard to impose vessel traffic restrictions within Oregon Inlet to safeguard vessels from shoaling and to reduce the risk of a bridge strike. The Coast Guard will impose restrictions only when necessary based on inlet conditions, and will provide the public with as much advance notice as possible.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation reports pile supports of the Bonner Bridge have suffered significant section loss and are continually exposed to substructure erosion.

The Bonner Bridge has a fixed channel span with a clearance of 65 feet that crosses Oregon Inlet. When shoaling impacts safe navigation through the fixed channel span, mariners have attempted to transit through alternate spans, which do not have a bridge fender and protection system. A bridge strike to an unprotected element of the Bonner Bridge may endanger motorists and mariners or affect the structural stability of the bridge.  This could cause harm to local businesses and residents of Hatteras Island should damage to the bridge impact safe vessel navigation or vehicular traffic.

The Coast Guard continually monitors local environmental conditions and imposes vessel traffic restrictions tailored to the transportation risk. These restrictions may prohibit vessels of certain drafts, displacements, tonnages or length from navigating through alternate bridge spans.

The Coast Guard invites public feedback and will consider comments in development of a final regulation. Public comments must be received by the Coast Guard on or before Feb. 17, 2015.  The full interim rule can be found and commented on at https://federalregister.gov/a/2014-29589

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Wreck Data

Wreck Data · Total News: 37 · Total Reads: 42884

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Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  KESHENA (Dawg)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  NORMANNIA (Dawg)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  NAECO (Dawg)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  PROTEUS (Dawg)
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Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  The Lasting Legacy Of The Blockade Runner 'Modern Greece' (Dawg)
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KESHENA
by: Dawg
2006-03-09 12:37:29

KESHENA

U.S. TUG BOAT

Propulsion: Fuel/Oil - Electric Motor

Type: Tug - Tender & Recovery

Tonnage: 427 Gross Tons

Length: 147 Feet

Width: 27 Feet

Armament: Unarmed

 

Remarks:

On wednesday July 15th, 1942 convoy KS 520 is attacked by the U-576, the U-boat drives the convoy into a nearby allied minefield after firing and hitting 3 merchant vessels with torpedoes. One of those vessels was the Panamanian freighter J.A. Mowinkel which had sustained both torpedo and mine damage during the assault but remained afloat. Four days later the Keshena and another tug were sent to recover the Mowinkel as quickly as possible. During towing manuevers however the Keshena strikes another mine and sinks just east of Ocracoke. Two crew members are killed by the mine explosion, the rest of the crew consisting of one woman and 14 men are returned to the Ocracoke Coast Guard Station on Sunday the 19th of July.

Factoid:

During the first six monthes of 1942 U-boats sank hundreds of merchant vessels off the coast of the United States, more than eighty of these ships sank off North Carolina. Due to the geographic location of the outer barrier islands, U-boats could easily escape retaliation by fleeing to nearby deep waters after attacking allied ships. This made places like Cape Lookout shoals and Diamond shoals ideal haunts for marauding subs, slow moving freighters and tankers were easy targets and no match for the German "Wolfpacks".

The coastal waters became so dangerous that Captains referred to our coast as "Torpedo Junction" and dreaded having to travel past our shoals. Ships could burn for weeks at a time and cause many hazards to other ships passing by, including both merchant and military vessels. In response to this increasing aggression by the Germans, the U.S. Navy engaged in offensive and defensive measures to mitigate attacks. Ships and planes were used to conduct escort, patrols and search & destroy missions to defend against U-boats. Merchant ships would be grouped with light cruisers and destroyers in convoys designed to help protect them from enemy attacks and allow them to deliver the much needed cargo to aid the war effort.

Coast Guard crew of the Cutter Spencer setting depth charges.

 

 

GPS:

Lat: N 34 59.950 Lon: W 75 45.820

Depth of wreck: 84'

Data written and compiled by BluewaterBandit

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