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Court rules against cities in fishing suit

Posted on July 01, 2011

NEW BEDFORD — A federal court judge has ruled firmly against New Bedford and Gloucester and in favor of NOAA in the contest over the legality of controversial catch shares and sector management of the Northeast fishery.

Wittman's bill aims to reel in NOAA

Ken Perrotte's outdoor column
Posted on June 30, 2011

ABRUPT CLOSURES of popular ocean fisheries in recent years by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Marine Fisheries Service, some based on allegedly sketchy data, raised the ire of many anglers and conservation groups.

NOAA sets fishing quotas for bluefin tuna

2011 quotas support international recovery efforts and proactively account for unintentionally caught fish
Posted on June 30, 2011

NOAA today announced quotas and other measures for bluefin tuna that underscore the nation’s commitment to sustainable science-based management of this vital fish stock. The allocations divide the available 2011 U.S. bluefin tuna quota of 957 metric tons among commercial and recreational fishing sectors for the fishing season that began on June 1.

Fishing industry blasts exclusion from Ocean Council

Posted on June 28, 2011

EXETER — In July 2010, President Barack Obama issued an executive order that established the first comprehensive national policy for the stewardship of the ocean, coasts and Great Lakes. On Monday, members of the National Ocean Council, which was established under this order, held a public listening session at Exeter High School to get input on the nine strategic plans developed by the council.

Bill Would Gut Nation's Fisheries Law

Posted on June 28, 2011

In 2006, after years of chronic overfishing (see my recent blog on the history of overfishing in the South Atlantic), Congress amended the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) to require fishery managers to set science-based annual catch limits by the end of 2011, with accountability measures to ensure fishermen stay within those limits. 

Fisheries Science Improvement Act: It's all about data in setting catch limits, proponents say

Posted on June 27, 2011

A bill introduced in the U.S. House this week seeks to ensure that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Marine Fisheries Service is required to set catch limits based on sound science, the bill's proponents say.

Outdoors: Bill to give red drum, spotted seatrout and striped bass game-fish status still alive as part of study

Posted on June 26, 2011

Lost in the drama of the state Legislature's back-and-forth budget bill bickering during its last session was an issue that could change the face of coastal sportfishing in North Carolina.

NC watermen wary of latest legislative twists

Posted on June 26, 2011

Having failed this spring to reel in votes, the legislators who proposed declaring three species of fish off-limits to commercial fishermen are instead asking their colleagues to create a committee dedicated to studying that idea.

Groups endorse new catch-limit legislation

Posted on June 24, 2011

A bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va., seeks to ensure that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Fisheries Service is required to set catch limits based on several factors supported by a group of industry associations.

Legislation Introduced to Stop Unwarranted Fisheries Closures

Anglers and industry groups unite to address catch limit problems in federal saltwater fisheries
Posted on June 23, 2011

A bill introduced by Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) seeks to ensure that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Fisheries Service is required to set catch limits based on sound science. The bi-partisan legislation, known as the Fishery Science Improvement Act (FSIA), is endorsed by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus as well as a broad coalition of conservation, sportfishing and marine industry groups.