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 Mississippi Department of Marine Resour

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Alabama Marine Resources Division

Alabama Marine Resources Division · Total News:· Total Reads: 20

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Alabama State Waters Extended to 9 Miles for Reef Fish Management
by: Capt_Dave
2016-01-05 18:06:40

The Congressional Omnibus Appropriations bill passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Obama on December 18, 2015, includes a provision to extend Alabama’s state waters from 3 miles to 9 miles. The bill includes additional provisions that attempt to address the ongoing Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery mismanagement that has resulted in abbreviated nine and 10-day seasons for private sector recreational anglers the last two years. The red snapper provisions in the bill were authored by Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee Chairman Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.).

Through its Marine Resources Division, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has worked diligently over the last several years with the Alabama congressional delegation and the Alabama State Legislature to enact legislation to improve red snapper management and increase angler access to this valuable fishery resource.

“Red snapper is the most economically important fishery for coastal Alabama. The extension of our state waters from 3 to 9 miles and the third-party stock assessment for red snapper that includes information from artificial reefs should go a long way in changing the dynamic of red snapper management and should lead to more days of fishing opportunities for Alabama anglers,” said Conservation Commissioner N. Gunter Guy, Jr. “Alabama has the best artificial reef system and the best red snapper fishery in the country. I appreciate Senator Shelby’s stalwart efforts on this, and I appreciate the continued work of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Marine Resources Division in keeping this vital issue in the forefront both in Alabama and in Washington.”


 

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Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commiss

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commiss · Total News: 41 · Total Reads: 47896

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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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CT Depart of Energy and Environmental

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2016 Commercial Fishery Management Plan
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2016-01-12 08:34:38

 2016 Commercial Fishery Management Plan

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Delaware Fish and Wildlife

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation

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St. Johns River blue crab trap closure starts Jan. 16
by: Mel
2016-01-12 11:18:08

 Recreational and commercial blue crab traps in all waters of the St. Johns River system must be removed from the water before Jan. 16, the first day of a 10-day trap closure.

 This closure will give groups authorized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) the opportunity to identify and retrieve lost and abandoned blue crab traps from the water.

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Greater Atlantic Regional Office

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Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Counci

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Gulf of Mexico Recreational Gray Triggerfish Federal Fishing Season Will Remain
by: Dawg
2016-07-16 08:25:54

The annual June 1 through July 31 season closure is currently in effect. The gray triggerfish recreational fishing season will not reopen as scheduled on August 1, 2016. Instead it will remain closed until December 31 and reopen on January 1, 2017, the beginning of the 2017 recreational fishing year.

Currently, the annual catch limit is 241,200 pounds whole weight (pounds) and the annual catch target is 217,100 pounds. The federal fishing season is closed when the annual catch target is met or projected to be met. However, if the harvest exceeds the annual catch limit during a given year, the amount of the overage is subtracted from the catch limit and catch target the following year. The total recreational harvest of gray triggerfish in 2015 exceeded the annual catch limit by 39,977 pounds.

To account for the overage, the 2015 excess catch has been subtracted from the 241,200-pound annual catch limit and 217,000-pound annual catch target, leaving an annual catch limit of 201,223 pounds and an annual catch target of 177,123 pounds for 2016.

NOAA Fisheries projects that the catch target was harvested prior to the June-July seasonal closure. Gulf of Mexico states may not have regulations allowing simultaneous closures in state waters. Therefore, additional harvest may occur in state waters after the federal season closure.


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House of Representatives

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Congress bars national marine monument appropriations
by: Capt_Rich
2016-07-19 07:25:16

U.S. House Makes Strong Statement Against Marine Monument

July 14, 2016 — The following was released by the National Coalition for Fishing Communities:

WASHINGTON (NCFC) — The U.S. House of Representatives made a strong statement against the declaration of marine monuments last night, passing an amendment offered by Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-New York) to bar funding for the designation of any National Marine Monuments by the President.  The amendment to H.R. 5538, the Fiscal Year 2017 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, passed the House by a vote of 225-202. Congressman Zeldin represents a coastal district and the fishing hub of eastern Long Island, N.Y.

Yesterday, National Coalition for Fishing Communities (NCFC) members the Garden State Seafood Association (NJ), the Red Crab Harvesters Association (MA), the Long Island Commercial Fishing Association, and Blue Water Fisheries Inc. (NY) asked fellow NCFC members to reach out to their representatives to support the amendment. The Montauk Tilefish Association (NY) and the Monkfish Defense Fund joined them in calling for support for the amendment.

Mr. Zeldin explained that he offered the amendment to keep commercial fishermen from losing access to important fishing areas through Marine Monument Designations. Opposition to the amendment was led by Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-Massachusetts) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine).

“As we heard at a field hearing in Riverhead, New York, unilateral marine monument designations override the current public process of established fisheries management and threatens the livelihood of the U.S. fishing industry,” said House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah).

“Congressman Zeldin’s amendment brings us one step closer to protecting local economies while safeguarding local input in management decisions,” Chairman Bishop continued. “Many Presidents—but not all—have used the Antiquities Act, but they use it sparingly. Only a few Administrations, including this one, have abused the Act. President Obama has a long history of abusing the Antiquities Act, locking up land and water with the stroke of a pen.”

“We applaud Congressman Zeldin for his leadership on protecting fishermen both in his district here on Long Island, and across America,” said Bonnie Brady of the Long Island Commercial Fishing Association.

Marine Monuments are large areas of ocean where commercial fishing would be banned without consulting the local community, fishermen, or regional fishery managers. Mr. Zeldin’s amendment mandates that, “None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to declare a national monument under section 320301 of title 54, United States Code, in the exclusive economic zone of the United States established by Proclamation Numbered 5030, dated March 10, 1983.”

The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate. Any differences between the House and Senate bills must be worked out between the two bodies, and a final bill is expected to be passed by both chambers before Sept. 30. Should the amendment survive the conference process, it will complicate the Obama Administration’s ability to act. While it would not stop a declaration, it would not allow funds to be spent to implement a declaration.

In 2014, President Obama declared a 407,000 square mile National Marine Monument in the Pacific Ocean where commercial fishing was banned and recreational fishing was severely limited.

Now important fishing areas in the Northwest Atlantic, on the West Coast, and in Alaska, where fishermen have worked for centuries, are under consideration for Monument designations with little public input and no transparency.

In a letter to House colleagues, Mr. Zeldin stated that there is an emerging national consensus that “any efforts to create marine protected areas in the EEZ must be done through the transparent and consultative process laid out by the landmark Magnuson-Stevens fishery conservation law. No one is more invested in protecting America’s waters from overfishing than the hardworking families who rely upon fishing for their livelihoods.”
 

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Louisiana Department of Wildlife Fish

Louisiana Department of Wildlife Fish · Total News:· Total Reads: 17

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Recreational harvest of gag grouper closes January 1st
by: Mel
2016-01-02 10:25:05

 The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) reminds anglers that there is a closed season for the recreational harvest of gag grouper from January 1st through June 30th of each year.

 

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Maine Department of Marine Resources

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Department of Marine Resources NOTICE OF AGENCY RULE-MAKING PROPOSAL
by: RPaff
2016-02-14 08:58:56

AGENCY: Department of Marine Resources

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Chapter 45.05 Shrimp Season Closure Proposed Regulations

PROPOSED RULE NUMBER:

(Leave blank - Assigned by Secretary of State) 

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Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Maryland Department of Natural Resources · Total News:· Total Reads: 23

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Maryland Offers Fishing License Discount for 16-Year-Olds
by: RPaff
2016-02-13 07:49:27

 February 11, 2016

New 16 in 16 Program in Effect through 2016
Now through the end of 2016, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is offering a half-price incentive to 16-year-old anglers purchasing a fishing license for the first time. In Maryland, anglers under the age of 16 are not required to possess licenses.“Young anglers are the environmental stewards of tomorrow,” Fisheries Service Director Dave Blazer said. “We are launching the 16 in 16 discount program to encourage them to engage and become committed to the future of fishing in Maryland.”

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Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game

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MassWind Energy surveys Begin south of the Vineyard
by: Capt_Rich
2016-09-27 07:49:19

MarineFisheries Advisory

 

Notice to Fishermen:

Massachusetts Wind Energy Area Surveys to Begin South of Martha’s Vineyard

 

The R/V Shearwater will be conducting survey work for OffshoreMW in the BOEM Massachusetts Wind Energy Area beginning on September 23rd.  The survey work will last approximately 30 days.  For more information, including contact information and charts, please visit: http://www.offshoremwllc.com/project-status/

 MarineFisheries Advisory

 

Notice to Fishermen:

Massachusetts Wind Energy Area Surveys to Begin South of Martha’s Vineyard

 

The R/V Shearwater will be conducting survey work for OffshoreMW in the BOEM Massachusetts Wind Energy Area beginning on September 23rd.  The survey work will last approximately 30 days.  For more information, including contact information and charts, please visit: http://www.offshoremwllc.com/project-status/
 

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Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council · Total News: 40 · Total Reads: 65268

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Mid-Atlantic Council Solicits Public Input on Blueline Tilefish Management
by: Capt_Dave
2016-03-17 15:18:11

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council is soliciting public input on a draft amendment to address management and conservation of blueline tilefish in the Mid-Atlantic. Four public hearings will be held between March 21 and March 29, 2016. Written comments will be accepted until Wednesday, March 30, 2016.

The draft amendment considers adding blueline tilefish (Caulolatilus microps) as a managed species in the Tilefish Fishery Management Plan, effectively turning that plan into the Golden and Blueline Tilefish Fishery Management Plan. The management measures proposed in the amendment are needed to constrain fishing mortality on the blueline tilefish stock and effectively manage the blueline tilefish fishery in waters off the Mid-Atlantic and Southern New England coasts.

PUBLIC HEARING DOCUMENT

Members of the public are invited to comment on any aspect of the Amendment. Following a review of comments received, the Council will choose preferred management measures and submit the Amendment to the Secretary of Commerce for approval and publication of proposed and final rules, both of which have additional comment periods.

For more information, contact Jason Didden at (302) 526-5254 or jdidden@mafmc.org.
Public Hearing Schedule

There will be four hearings with the following dates/times/locations:

    Monday March 21, 2016, 6 pm.  Dare County Administration Building, Commissioners Meeting Room, 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo, NC 27954; telephone: (252) 475-5700.
    Tuesday March 22, 2016, 7 pm.  Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront, 3001 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451; telephone: (757) 213-3001.
    Monday, March 28, 2016, 7 pm.  Hilton Suites Oceanfront, 3200 Baltimore Ave., Ocean City, MD 21842; telephone: (410) 289-6444.
    Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 7 pm.  Hilton Garden Inn Lakewood, 1885 Route 70, Lakewood, NJ 08701; telephone (732) 262-5232.

Written Comments

    Written comments will be accepted until Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 11:59 pm. Comments may be sent by any of the following methods:
    Email – jdidden@mafmc.org (Include “Blueline Tilefish Comments” in the subject line)
    Mail – send comments to: Dr. Christopher Moore, Executive Director, MAFMC, 800 North State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901 (Mark the outside of the envelope “Blueline Tilefish Comments”)
    Fax – (302) 674–5399.

These public hearings are accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to M. Jan Saunders, (302) 526-5251, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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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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National Transportation Safety Board

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NTSB to Launch Mission to Recover Voyage Data Recorder
by: Dawg
2016-06-06 14:06:38

WASHINGTON — The National Transportation Safety Board will launch a mission to recover a voyage data recorder located April 26 in about 15,000 feet of water near the Bahamas.

The voyage data recorder is from the cargo ship El Faro, a U.S. flagged cargo ship that sank during Hurricane Joaquin Oct. 1, 2015. The El Faro wreckage was positively identified on Nov. 1, 2015, during the NTSB’s initial mission to locate the wreckage.

Video gained from remotely operated underwater vehicles during the initial search revealed the El Faro's navigation bridge structure and the deck below it had separated from the hull. The missing bridge structure included the mast and its base to which the voyage data recorder was mounted.

The navigation bridge was found Nov. 11, but searchers were not able to locate the mast or the VDR.

The NTSB announced Feb. 11, 2016, that it would launch a second search mission to locate the VDR and document the wreckage and debris field.

That effort succeeded in locating the VDR and completing video- and photo-documentation of the accident site. Shortly after the VDR was located, the NTSB announced that another mission to recover the VDR would be launched.

After investigators collaborated in May with scientists and deep water recovery experts, to determine how the VDR could be recovered given its proximity to nearby obstacles, the NTSB contracted with the U.S. Navy Supervisor of Salvage to assist in the recovery effort.

The naval resources participating in the recovery effort include the USNS Apache and CURV-21, a remotely operated underwater vehicle. CURV-21 is the same equipment used to locate the El Faro wreckage in November.

Investigators from the NTSB and the U.S. Coast Guard, and engineers from the U.S. Navy and Phoenix International, the operator of CURV-21, will be aboard USNS Apache when it departs in early July for the accident site near the Bahamas.

The trip to the accident site is expected to take three to four days, followed by five days on scene to recover the VDR. After the VDR is recovered and USNS Apache returns to shore, the VDR will be brought to the NTSB laboratory here, where investigators will examine the VDR and download and analyze any information it may contain.

A fact sheet on the type of recorder that was on El Faro is available at: http://go.usa.gov/cuKW9

Additional investigative updates will be issued as circumstances warrant.

NTSB’s El Faro accident investigation page: http://go.usa.gov/cuDfV

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NCDENR

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Public comments sought on new oyster sanctuary/fishing reef in Hyde County
by: Dawg
2016-06-02 16:01:56

MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is seeking public input on a proposed oyster sanctuary near Wysocking Bay. Comments will be accepted at a meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. June 14 in the Hyde County Government Building, 30 Oyster Creek Road, Swan Quarter.

Staff with the state’s Oyster Sanctuary Program will discuss a plan to construct Gull Shoal Oyster Sanctuary, a 10-acre sanctuary located about 4 miles (3.5 nautical miles) southeast of Wysocking Bay. Those in attendance will be asked for input on the plan.

Oyster sanctuaries are areas where oyster reefs are created with the aim of providing a brood stock to help restore oyster populations. The reefs attract native oyster larvae, which settle and grow to produce millions of eggs annually that are carried by currents and tides to surrounding areas. The reefs also serve as habitat for finfish populations and provide hook-and-line fishing opportunities. To protect the brood stock, no shellfish harvest or bottom-disturbing gear is allowed within oyster sanctuaries.

Once constructed, the Gull Shoal Oyster Sanctuary will be part of the Sen. Jean Preston Oyster Sanctuary Network, a system of small, interconnected oyster sanctuaries within the Pamlico Sound and its tributaries.

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New England Fishery Management Council

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Codfish closed GOM till further notice
by: Capt_Rich
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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Candidates Sought for New England Fishery Management Council
by: RPaff
2016-01-25 09:44:25

 DURHAM, N.H. -- The State of New Hampshire has been notified by the National Marine Fisheries Service of vacancies for New Hampshire’s obligatory seat and two at-large seats for the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC). New Hampshire’s obligatory seat is currently held by Ellen Goethel of New Hampshire, who is completing her first term as a Council member.

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NOAA Seeks Comments on an Application for an Exempted Fishing Permit for a Study
by: Dawg
2016-08-18 05:45:37

NOAA Fisheries is accepting comments on an application for an exempted fishing permit from the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen's Association (FKCFA). The FKCFA proposes to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of several trap designs for capturing lionfish in the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. This study, to be conducted in the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, would also derive biological and life history information to improve lionfish control. In addition, the project would utilize an outreach and education program to inform the public about the status of lionfish as an invasive species, efforts to control the spread of the population, and lionfish as a consumer food source.

Dates:
Comments must be received no later than 5 p.m., Eastern Time, on September 15, 2016.

Addresses:
You may submit comments on the application, identified by RIN 0648-XE046, by any of the following methods:

E-mail:0648.XE046.Association.Lionfish.EFP@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line of the e-mail the following document identifier: "Lionfish EFP."

Mail: Susan Gerhart, NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Regional Office, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.

Program Concept
The one-year monthly sampling program would occur year-round aboard FKCFA commercial fishing vessels. The proposal has yet to be funded, thus the intensity of sampling cannot be estimated at this time. FKCFA would fish 25 units of four different trap designs on each set, not to exceed 100 days per year in each area, to determine which designs are most productive. Initial sampling would occur off South Carolina, both coasts of Florida, and in the Florida Keys.

NOAA Fisheries finds this application warrants further consideration, and is seeking public comment on the application. A final decision on issuance of the exempted fishing permit will depend on NOAA Fisheries' review of public comments received, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council's recommendation, consultations with the affected states, and the U.S. Coast Guard, as well as a determination that it is consistent with all applicable laws.

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Leftist anti fishing Ocean over stating findings
by: Capt_Rich
2016-09-13 07:56:14

 


Oceana going overboard on fish fraud, according to seafood industry group
By News Desk | September 9, 2016

The National Fisheries Institute (NFI) is calling into question both the findings and motives of the latest fish fraud study by Oceana, a global environmental group. The action marks a break between the two groups since they previously were largely in sync with one another over the worldwide problem of fish fraud, which is where lesser-value species are marketed as higher-value ones.
 claims that by finding 20 percent of all seafood mislabeled globally, Oceana’s latest report is both overstating the problem and unnecessarily calling for an expanded regulatory bureaucracy when enforcement of existing laws is all that is needed.

NFI, a trade association representing the seafood industry with a core mission of sustainability, charges that the environmental group has turned to “misleading hyperbole.”

“Mislabeling is fraud and fraud is illegal, period,” reads the NFI statement released on its website. “That’s why NFI members are all required to be members of the Better Seafood Board, the only seafood industry-led economic integrity effort. Our members are at the forefront of getting rid of fish fraud.”

Oceana’s study is misleading because it looked too heavily at commonly mislabeled species, the group asserts.

“Oceana’s focus on the most often mislabeled species distorts its findings by design. It is a common technique that ironically perpetuates a fraud on the readers of these reports,” the NFI statement adds.

“Oceana’s continued focus on expanded regulation illustrates a fundamental lack of understanding when it comes to fish fraud and what works in policing it. The laws, rules and regulations we need are already on the books. This is an issue of enforcement. Whether it’s the City Attorney in San Diego going after menu mislabeling or the U.S. Attorney’s office in North Carolina securing felony mislabeling convictions, investigation and prosecution is the answer, not more laws,” it continues.

Oceana, in NFI’s view, would do much more to help get rid of seafood fraud if it focused on lobbying for greater enforcement rather than a misguided effort to expand the regulatory bureaucracy.

Fish fraud enforcement falls under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which NFI sees as increasing its focus on the issue.

Recently released DNA testing over two years by FDA showed that 85 percent of the fish tested at wholesale was labeled correctly. NFI believes that work has given FDA the ability to focus on areas and even species where there are demonstrable challenges.

This project, known as Fish Seafood Compliance and Labeling Enforcement (or Fish SCALE) was awarded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ “HHS Innovates Award” for outstanding success.

“To suggest regulators are not focused on the issue and ways to best use resources to fight it is simply incorrect,” NFI asserts. “When Oceana started work in the fish fraud area its efforts were welcome. As it’s strayed further and further from a clear, discernable goal of stopping seafood mislabeling, its efforts have begun to evolve into a distraction for those actually doing the real work in this space.”

Oceana’s study was based on an analysis of more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, media reports, and documents from governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-image-fish-store-new-york-market-chinatown-lower-manhattan-seafood-image34334006Combined, the studies included 25,700 samples of seafood — most of which were tested for fraud in restaurants, grocery stores and other retail outlets — in 55 countries representing every continent except Antarctica, according to Oceana.

About 58 percent of the samples deemed mislabeled were found to be species with health risks for consumers, such as escolar. The fish, which contains a naturally occurring toxin, has sometimes been sold as “white tuna” in sushi restaurants in the U.S. Escolar is among the most commonly substituted species across the globe, along with Asian catfish and hake, according to the group’s analysis.

The study was produced just ahead of the third annual “Our Ocean” conference being held in Washington, D.C., next week. The event is sponsored by Secretary of State John Kerry for heads of state, scientists, business leaders and NGOs to discuss sustainable fisheries, marine pollution and climate-related impacts on the world’s oceans.

Oceana wants the Obama administration to expand traceability requirements to all types of seafood, not just the 13 types deemed “at risk” in a rule proposed in February by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Or, at minimum, it would like the administration to commit to a specific timeline to do so.

NOAA’s rule, which is part of a larger action plan outlined by a White House task force on illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and seafood fraud, will eventually expand to all species as predicted by John Henderschedt, director of NOAA Fisheries’ Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection.

Both Oceana and NFI are based in Washington, D.C., Oceana was founded in 2001 by The Pew Charitable Trusts, Oak Foundation, Marisla Foundation (formerly Homeland Foundation) and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. NFI is a non-profit organization for education about seafood safety, sustainability, and nutrition.

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State certifies new state record for pigfish
by: Dawg
2016-07-16 08:27:39

MOREHEAD CITY – The marine fisheries division has certified a new state record for pigfish.

Jason Edwards of Rocky Mount caught the 2-pound, 12-ounce fish May 23 while fishing on the Capt. Stacy IV in the Atlantic Ocean, about 30 miles southeast of Cape Lookout. The former state record for pigfish was 2 pounds, 4 ounces, and was caught in the Atlantic Ocean in 1991.

Edwards hooked the fish using cut squid as bait on a Penn 66 rod and reel with 80-pound test line.

The pigfish measured 15 ½ inches total length (tip of the nose to the tip of the tail) and had a 14-inch girth.

Two catches tie for the current world record for pigfish. Both fish weighed 3 pounds, 5 ounces, and both were caught in 2011 in New Zealand.

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Commercial seafood landings increased last year
by: Dawg
2016-06-21 18:25:46

MOREHEAD CITY – Mild weather allowed North Carolina’s commercial fishermen to work into late autumn and early winter in 2015, resulting in more seafood caught and sold for the second year in a row.

 Commercial fishermen sold 66 million pounds of finfish and shellfish to seafood dealers last year, 6.8 percent more than in 2014 and higher than the five-year average of 60.5 million pounds. The dockside value of these landings rose 10.7 percent to an estimated $104 million, topping the five-year average annual value of $84.2 million.

 Most notable among 2015 commercial fishing statistics were increases in shrimp and hard crab landings during the latter months of the year.

 Shrimp landings increased by 94 percent in 2015 to 9.1 million pounds, the highest since 2008. Shrimp landings in 2015 had an estimated ex-vessel value (fisherman sale to fish house) of $16.8 million, a 19 percent increase over 2014.

 The effects of milder weather can be seen in late-season landings and in fishing effort. November 2015 shrimp landings increased by 307 percent from November 2014, and December 2015 shrimp landings were 10 times the amount of the previous year. The number of shrimp trawl fishing trips taken in December 2015 increased by 642 percent compared to 2014.

 Hard blue crab landings increased by 23 percent to 31 million pounds. With an estimated ex-vessel value of $29.5 million, hard blue crab remained atop the list of the state’s commercial marine fisheries annual rankings in both pounds caught and sold and dockside value.

 Milder weather also impacted late season landings and fishing effort for crab. November 2015 crab landings increased by 198 percent from 2014, and December 2015 landings were 387 percent higher than in 2014. The number of crab pot fishing trips taken in December 2015 increased by 150 percent and resulted in December landings 386.5 percent higher than in 2014.

 With the exception of shrimp and crabs, the remaining species in the top five species landed were lower in 2015 than in 2014. Spiny dogfish landings dropped 25 percent to 4.2 million pounds; summer flounder dropped 1 percent to 2.9 million pounds; and Atlantic croaker dropped 31 percent to 1.8 million pounds.

 The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries collects commercial fishing landings statistics through legislatively-mandated reporting of all fisherman to dealer transactions. The Trip Ticket Program began in 1994.

 For a full landings report, click on the 2015 Annual Fisheries Bulletin link at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/marine-fisheries-catch-statistics.2

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OSU/NOAA study: Warm-water years are tough on juvenile salmon
by: Mel
2016-01-02 10:30:51

 NEWPORT, Ore. – A new analysis of juvenile Chinook salmon in the Pacific Ocean documents a dramatic difference in their foraging habits and overall health between years of warm water and those when the water is colder.

 

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Public Access Bill to be Discussed at Joint Field Hearing on Thursday
by: Dawg
2016-08-18 05:34:09

Public Access Bill to be Discussed at Joint Field Hearing on Thursday
RFA Offering Conditional Support for S2490

New Gretna, NJ - The Senate Environment and Energy Committee and the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee will hold a joint meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at Toms River Town Hall, 33 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ.  Among the several bills to be heard includes S2490 sponsored by Senators Bob Smith, chairman of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee, and Christopher Bateman, which would provide protection of the public's rights under the public trust doctrine as it pertains to tidal waters and adjacent shorelines. While not going as far as the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) would have liked in terms of specifically addressing vacating of street ends, ensuring reasonable parking, requiring 1/4 to 1/2 mile access points or including an exemption for marinas, the bill is a step in the right direction.

At the heart of the matter is the longstanding and inviolable rights afforded to the public under the public trust doctrine to use and enjoy the state's tidal waters and adjacent shorelines for recreational uses.  Some municipalities have habitually denied the public's rights to these areas.  New Jersey has a legal obligation to promote, protect and safeguard the public's rights to reasonable and meaningful access to tidal waters and shorelines.  In response to a legal challenge of their 2012 rules,  New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) is currently proposing amendments to rules that govern public access to tidal waters and shorelines under the Coastal Zone Management Rules.  While that process is taking place, the public is left with weakened or no regulations that protects their rights to tidal waters which is of great concern to recreational fishermen. 

At the meeting on Thursday, RFA will be requesting that the bill's sponsors amend S2490 to provide an exemption for marinas consistent with language included in the 2012 NJDEP public access rules.  The marina exemption was widely supported during discussions when the 2012 public access rules were revised.  Unfortunately, that language was not expressively included in S2490 when it was introduced.

"Marinas serve as critical infrastructure for the recreational fishing industry and provide access to tidal waters for our fishermen, our charter boat operators and head boats," explained Jim Donofrio Executive Director of the RFA.  "It is essential that S2490 is amended to ensure that an excessive liability burden is not placed on marinas or that these facilities are denied the ability to expand."

In a letter submitted to Senator Smith, Marine Trades Association of New Jersey Executive Director Melissa Danko stated that "the very nature of their (marinas) business operations ensures that the public has use of public trust waters.  In order to do so, however, marinas must be able to reasonably control and manage their property."  The NJMTA is also requesting an amendment to S2490 to exempt marinas. 

What is clear after reviewing S2490 and proposed revisions to the DEP public access rules is that this issue will not be resolved in the short-term.  RFA is encouraging anyone who has the ability to make Thursday's meeting in Toms River to attend and advocate for the public's rights to tidal waters and adjacent shorelines. 

"Getting this bill passed would be a step forward for land based anglers but there's more work to do,"  stated Greg O'Connell, National Access Coordinator for the RFA.

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by: Capt_Rich
2016-06-06 20:47:24

New York Wind Energy Area Updates

 

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) published a Proposed Sale Notice (PSN) for Commercial Leasing for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf Offshore New York in the Federal Register today, June 6, 2016. The 60-day public comment period for the PSN begins today and will end on August 5, 2016. You can find the PSN in the Federal Register here. Comments can be submitted electronically through the regulations.gov website.” Comments may also be submitted in written form (delivered by mail) enclosed in an envelope labeled, “Comments on New York PSN” to: BOEM Office of Renewable Energy Programs, 45600 Woodland Road, VAM-OREP, Sterling, Virginia 20166.

 

On Thursday June 2nd, the Department of the Interior issued a press release stating the dates of BOEM’s upcoming meetings with the public regarding the New York Wind Energy Area’s Environmental Assessment. The Rhode Island meeting will be held from 6-8 PM on June 23rd at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (Hazard Rooms A & B). Please refer to the BOEM New York Environmental Assessment Public Meetings webpage for the times and locations of meetings in New Jersey, and New York.

 

The Rhode Island meeting date and the two New York meetings overlap with the June New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) meeting in Portland, Maine. During the first day of the NEFMC meeting (June 21st) at 11 AM, BOEM biologist Brian Hooker will present an update on the status of offshore wind leasing in the Atlantic and the comment periods for site assessment and site characterization activities proposed for offshore New York. If you cannot attend in person and are interested in listening to the NEFMC meeting via webinar, you may register to do so at the following link.

 

Brian Hooker will also be presenting an overview on BOEM’s renewable energy activities at the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council Meeting on June 14th, 2016; his talk is scheduled from 2:30-3:30 PM. Follow this link for online access to the meeting.

 

Please contact Julia Livermore, Marine Resource Impact Assessment Fisheries Specialist, with any questions at 401-423-1937 or Julia.livermore@dem.ri.gov.

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Welcome to the first Wilmington Boat Show
by: Dawg
2016-07-07 14:21:59

WHY WILMINGTON, NC
I started JBM & Associates in 2001, after a 15 year career in media, corporate events and facility management. In 2002, we found our niche of producing quality boat shows in the southeast, starting in Charleston, SC and continuing with Savannah, GA, as well as a couple years in northern Florida. We always had an interest in the Wilmington market, with its proximity to so many boat builders, manufacturers, dealers, as well as boaters. It is situated perfectly on the eastern seaboard for a great boat show. We had one small problem. There was not a single venue large enough to hold a major boat show. It took a decade for the dream of producing the Wilmington Boat Show to become reality.


What you’ll discover at the show
Now, September 9-11, 2016, thanks to the opening of the new Port City Marina we are able to bring a first-class boat show to Wilmington. The event will take place in several locations including the Port City Marina, Pier 33, Wilmington Convention Center and Battleship Park. We have partnered with Wilmington Water Tours to offer free water taxi rides back and forth between the venues adding to a unique boat show experience.

 Boats will be on display and on sale in all locations. Discover boats in the water, as well as on the demo docks where you’ll be able to test drive before you buy. The Convention Center will be home to many boats as well as marine vendors, fishing and sailing seminars will be held by experts inside the facility as well. Some of the many kids’ features will be outside on the Convention Center event lawn.

Stroll down the Riverwalk where you’ll find more than 50 additional vendors, continue towards Pier 33, for more boats, food and live entertainment. From the pier, you’ll access the docks and boats of all makes and models. Take the free water taxi across the Cape Fear River to Battleship Park and dozens of additional boats, food, music and kids features. Don’t miss the infamous water skiing squirrel, Twiggy, as well as gangs of pirates and other surprises at the Battleship Park.

If you prefer to start your show experience at the Battleship, there is plenty of free parking and the ship is an amazing adventure and piece of history. If you do start with a visit to the ship, save your ticket and bring it to our box office, for $2.00 off your boat show ticket. Visit the exhibits in the park and take a water taxi over to the Marina for the rest of the show. There will be plenty of parking on both sides.

This will be a day you won’t forget. There will be so much to take in that you’ll have to make time to come back for a second day. If you come back on Sunday, we’ll provide you with a bounce back pass so you can enjoy it for free. You can also bring a first responder or friend in the military for our 9/11 tribute for free.

My team and I are completely committed to bringing Wilmington an outstanding experience that will continue to grow each year. With the changing landscape of downtown Wilmington, and all its amazing growth, we expect the Wilmington Boat Show to evolve along with the City. We appreciate the community’s patronage and hope you enjoy the show. I would love to get your feedback and can be reached at Jacqui@JBMshows.com.

Thanks again for being part of our long-awaited dream…the first of many years of the Wilmington Boat Show. www.WilmingtonBoatShow.com.


Friday, September 9: Noon-6pm
Saturday, September 10: 10am-6pm
Sunday, September 11: 11 am-5pm

Sponsored by ILM, Allstate Boat Insurance, Yamaha, Maritime Insurance International, Marathon Specialty Finance, Epic Finance, Wilmington Water Tours, Gulfstream Yachts and Gregory Poole Cat.

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Three Orangeburg Men Sentenced for Killing Hawks at South Carolina Hunting Prese
by: Capt_Dave
2016-06-08 07:00:57

Three Orangeburg Men Sentenced for Killing Hawks at South Carolina Hunting
Preserve

*Columbia, South Carolina *---- United States Attorney William N. Nettles
stated today that three Orangeburg men, Charles Williams, age 66, John
Dantzler, age 66, and Jimmie Aiken, age 57, and Alejandro Renteria Noyola,
age 56, were sentenced today by United States Magistrate Judge Shiva
Hodges, sitting in Charleston, South Carolina.  The defendants entered
guilty pleas to offenses involving the unlawful trapping and killing of
migratory birds at Willcreek, a 1,790-acre tract of land in Orangeburg
County owned by Willcreek LLC.  Charles Williams, the registered agent for
Willcreek LLC, pled guilty to 7 counts of killing Red-tailed or Cooper’s
Hawks during 2013 and 2014; the remaining defendants were each named in a
single count. Trapping and killing hawks without a permit is a violation of
the Migratory Bird Treaty Act under Title 16, United States Code, Section
703, and carried a maximum prison term of six months and a fine of up to
$15,000, or both, for each count of conviction.

Judge Hodges fined Williams $75,000, imposed 50 hours of community service
at a birds-of-prey center, and banned him from hunting for a year.  Aiken
and Dantzler were each fined $1,000 and were also banned from hunting for a
year.

Luis Santiago, Special Agent-in-Charge, Southeast Region, U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service said of today’s plea and sentencing: “This case is an
excellent example of the cooperative investigative efforts between the
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Fish &
Wildlife Service, and each agency’s strong commitment to investigate
violations of wildlife laws. Migratory birds are a trust responsibility of
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We greatly appreciate our state and
local partners in law enforcement, and the support of the U.S. Attorney's
Office in prosecuting those who violate federal wildlife laws and holding
them accountable for their actions. The plea and sentencing today is a
success in our collective efforts to conserve migratory birds and other
wildlife.”

Mr. Nettles stated, “The statute and the indictment in this case recognize
that these majestic birds-of-prey are an important link in our ecosystem.
Killing these hawks in order to improve sporting conditions for weekend
hunters is not only unsportsman-like, it is illegal and comes at the cost
of our wildlife resources.  The Court’s imposition of a substantial fine is
in line with the seriousness of the offense and defendants’ cruel treatment
of the birds-of-prey they killed.”

The case was investigated by agents of the United States Fish and Wildlife
Service Office of Law Enforcement and the South Carolina Department of
Natural Resources.  The investigation began in November of 2013 based on a
tip from the DNR Operation Game Thief Hotline and culminated with the
execution of a search warrant at Willcreek on February 21, 2014.  During
the course of the investigation, agents seized more than thirty raptor
carcasses from Willcreek.

Assistant United States Attorney Eric Klumb of the Charleston office
prosecuted the case.

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Commercial Harvest of Blueline Tilefish in South Atlantic Federal Waters Will Cl
by: Dawg
2016-05-25 14:19:33

Commercial harvest of blueline tilefish in federal waters of the South Atlantic will close at 12:01 a.m. (local time) June 1, 2016. The 2016 commercial annual catch limit is 26,766 pounds whole weight. Updated landings data indicate that commercial harvest of blueline tilefish will likely reach the annual catch limit by that date. As a result, commercial harvest will be closed in federal waters of the South Atlantic.
 
The operator of a vessel that has been issued a valid federal commercial permit for snapper-grouper and having blueline tilefish on board must have landed and bartered, traded, or sold such blueline tilefish prior to 12:01 a.m., local time,
June 1, 2016. The prohibition on sale or purchase does not apply to sale or purchase of blueline tilefish that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to 12:01 a.m. (local time) June 1, 2016, and held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.
 
During the closure:

    Sale or purchase of blueline tilefish in or from federal waters in the South Atlantic is prohibited.
    Harvest or possession of blueline tilefish in or from federal waters in the South Atlantic is limited to the recreational bag and possession limits when the recreational sector is open.
    These bag and possession limits apply in the South Atlantic on board a vessel for which a valid federal commercial or charter vessel/headboat permit for South Atlantic snapper grouper has been issued without regard to where such species were harvested, i.e., in state or federal waters.

Note: The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council has approved an action in Regulatory Amendment 25 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Regulatory Amendment 25) to increase the 2016 commercial annual catch limit for blueline tilefish from 26,766 pounds whole weight to 87,521 pounds whole weight. The proposed rule is currently under review. If approved, regulations increasing the commercial annual catch limit for blueline tilefish could be implemented later this year, and the commercial fishery would reopen.

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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

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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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COAST GUARD RESCUES DISTRESSED SURFERS OFF TRINIDAD
by: RPaff
2016-03-04 10:40:03

 ALAMEDA, Calif. — A Coast Guard aircrew rescued two distressed surfers near Trinidad Saturday afternoon.

At approximately 4:30 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay received a call from a person ashore stating his friends needed assistance and were stranded on Camel Rock.
A Coast Guard MH-65 helicopter aircrew was launched from Sector Humboldt Bay and within minutes were on scene at Camel Rock, approximately one-quarter mile offshore. They discovered two distressed surfers needing assistance.

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USCG 13th District

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COAST GUARD RESCUES 2 NEAR PORT ANGELES, WASH.
by: RPaff
2016-03-04 10:54:18

 SEATTLE — A Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Port Angeles rescued two people from a 49-foot sailboat beset by weather about one mile east of the New Dungeness Lighthouse, Tuesday afternoon.

A 40-year-old man and 26-year-old woman, both wearing life jackets and reportedly exhibiting signs of seasickness and hypothermia, were transferred to EMS at John Wayne Marina in Port Angeles at about 12:50 p.m.

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COAST GUARD WARNS MARINERS OF POWERFUL OFFSHORE STORM
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2016-03-04 09:14:15

 BOSTON — The Coast Guard is warning mariners to take caution over the next 48 hours due to a powerful storm impacting the New England coastline and offshore area.

The National Weather Service is estimating wind gusts as strong as 60 knots and waves as large as 26 feet in some areas.
Coast Guard aircraft are warning all ships in the vicinity of the storm via radio. “This is an extremely powerful storm,” said Lt. James Christy, Air Station Cape Cod's public affairs officer. “We hope mariners heed our warning and avoid these life threatening conditions.”
 
 

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Coast Guard responding to possible person in the water in Dark Head Creek
by: Dawg
2016-08-18 05:35:22

BALTIMORE — Coast Guard crews are responding to a report of a possible person in the water at Dark Head Creek, off of Middle River adjacent to the Martin State Airport, Wednesday.

At approximately 1 p.m., Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capitol Region watchstanders received notification from Baltimore County dispatch of a 70-year-old male in the water in Dark Head Creek.

A person on shore told Baltimore County she witnessed a small vessel sinking and the 70-year-old male jump in the water without a flotation device. She then saw a good Samaritan toss a lifejacket to the man but he was unable to reach it and went underwater without resurfacing.

Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region's Command Center is currently coordinating search efforts with a boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Curtis Bay, Baltimore County Marine and County Fire along with a Hartford County Dive Team in the area of the last know position.

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COAST GUARD REPATRIATES 47 CUBAN MIGRANTS
by: RPaff
2016-03-04 09:45:49

 MIAMI — The crew of the Coast Guard Isaac Mayo has repatriated 47 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Tuesday.


These repatriations are a result of four separate migrant interdictions at sea in the south Florida Straits. In each instance, the Coast Guard helped secure the U.S. border and prevented these perilous sea voyages from ending in tragedy. The Coast Guard has observed a steady increase in illegal maritime migration attempts from Cuba to the Southeastern U.S. since the U.S. announcement of improved diplomatic relations with Cuba in December 2014, nearly 14 months ago. In the month of February 2016, 269 Cuban migrants have attempted to reach U.S. shores.

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USCG 8th District

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COAST GUARD RESCUES TWO FROM VESSEL TAKING ON WATER
by: RPaff
2016-03-04 10:15:47

 NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard rescued two people from a boat taking on water near Lafitte, Louisiana, Thursday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans were notified by Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office of a boat taking on water at 6:30 p.m. Watchstanders directed an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans to the location of the vessel in distress.

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Wreck Data

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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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