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Federal fisheries legislation in the spotlight

House Committee on Natural Resources holds hearing on eight fisheries bills
Posted on December 01, 2011

Robert G. Hayes, one of the most respected voices on state, federal andinternational fisheries management issues, is among those invited by U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, to appear before a hearing of his committee on Dec. 1 and offer testimony on a number of bills that stand to impact federal fisheries management. 


Posted on December 01, 2011

Most of us can cite some "seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time" plan gone awry. Such appears the case with that part of the Magnuson Act requiring catch limits be set for all federally managed fish stock by the end of this year. 

Chairman Hastings’ Opening Statement at Full Committee Hearing on Legislation to Amend the Magnuson-Stevens Act

Posted on December 01, 2011

In 2010, U.S. commercial fisherman landed over 8 billion pounds of fish valued at $4.5 billion. In addition, approximately 10 million recreational fisherman made more than 71 million recreational fishing trips. Clearly, the economic activity created by the Nation's fishery resources is significant, especially for coastal communities. 

Legislation to Avert Unnecessary Fishing Closures Gathers Senate Support

Nelson/Rubio Bill racing the clock to fix management problems in federal saltwater fisheries
Posted on November 29, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nov. 29, 2011– With a December 31 deadline looming, support is surging for legislation to ensure that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service uses sound science to set catch limits for the nation’s fisheries as a Senate version of the Fishery Science Improvement Act was introduced late yesterday by Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). 


Posted on November 15, 2011

Fisheries issues are rarely this black and white. Most of the things we debate in fisheries management revolve around murky models and shifty statistics. All too often, politics and fisheries science are woven together into a perfect bird's nest of confusion, producing baffling regulations and counter-intuitive policies.

Spotted seatrout caught in middle of regulations debate

Posted on November 11, 2011

First, the good news: Anglers may soon fish year round for spotted seatrout.

FWC meeting next week potentially features rule changes for sharks, redfish, trout and more

Posted on November 11, 2011

KEY LARGO — The agenda for next week's Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission meeting reminds one of that famous Clint Eastwood spaghetti western "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly."

Gretna fisherman pleads guilty to illegal fishing and could face five years in prison

Posted on November 10, 2011

A Gretna fisherman has pleaded guilty in federal court to exceeding the legal limit for redfish on a trip last year, and could face five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Blake Mitchell, 26, admitted to allowing several Tennessee men to exceed the legal limit of five redfish per person while on a duck hunting and bowfishing trip in January 2010.

Fisheries regulators cut menhaden catch to protect other species

Posted on November 10, 2011

A small silver fish, menhaden has outsized importance in the sea, serving as sustenance for many larger fish and providing vital oils for healthy human hearts. But the population of menhaden has plummeted to just 8 percent of its historical levels off the East Coast as overfishing has taken its toll.

Northwest salmon fisheries may have to share with killer whales

Posted on November 10, 2011

Orcas attack prey as large as gray whales and as small as herring. But the endangered orcas of the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands have adapted to eating mostly Chinook salmon, another threatened species.