Marine protected areas (MPAs) are management tools that limit or eliminate fishing from a particular area. On paper, they are portrayed as sanctuaries that protect critical habitats from degradation, or fish from harvest, and allow populations to recover and move out into unprotected areas where they may be harvested. On the water, the science on how effective MPAs are is incomplete, at best, and MPAs are such a drastic measure that they should be regarded as the tool of last resort for fishery managers.
Letter from America's recreational fishing and boating community requesting DOC issue a corrected "2012 Fisheries Economics of the United States."
The latest version of Fisheries Economics of the United States has been released and for some reason the National Marine Fisheries Service decided not to separate seafood imports and domestic production from the commercial economic impact estimates, as they did in the prior year.
Imagine how different duck hunting would look today if 100 years ago the federal government had taken a page out of the current NOAA Fisheries playbook and decided to embrace and enhance the market hunters.
Broken system produces 11-day season for recreational anglers
BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA (4-11-2014) – The impact of a recent federal district court ruling in favor of commercial red snapper fishermen and seafood packers was driven home this week as the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council set the 2014 recreational red snapper season at just 11 days, the shortest season in the fishery’s history under management.
Leaders map out path for federal marine fisheries conservation
Amendment 28 – Red Snapper Reallocation Briefing Document