Articles about NMFS
Florida, Louisiana, Texas urge Gulf Council to back away from Sector Separation
The state wildlife management commissions of Florida, Louisiana and Texas have delivered a clear message to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to slow down the rush to divide the recreational sector and further exclude private boat recreational anglers from the red snapper fishery. In a series of letters to the Gulf Council, each state voiced concern that Amendment 40 – Sector Separation is overly divisive and will do little to solve the fundamental management problems in the fishery.
Corrected figures show commercial sector shrank by $2.3 billion in 2012
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meets next week in Key West and expectations could hardly be lower for the recreational sector. For a management arena that is as big a mess as this one, that is really saying something. But one need look no further than a little-noticed event that occurred at the April 2014 Council meeting for evidence that this is a system in need of some serious housecleaning.
If there’s one thing that the federal government has told Gulf fishermen for more than a decade, it’s that our most popular fish is in danger of overfishing. The government has even gone so far as to impose extreme catch restrictions that border on the absurd. That’s what makes a recent video showing the destruction of Red Snapper at the direction of the federal government all the more bizarre and infuriating.
Senator Rubio Asks for Review of Stock Assessments to Protect Fisheries and Fishing Communities in Gulf
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and senators from Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and North Carolina today sent a letter to the U.S. Government Accountability Office requesting a review of how the Department of Commerce conducts stock assessments in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic. The stock assessments conducted by the National Marine Fisheries Service are critical in maintaining the vitality of the fisheries, the fishing communities, and related industries in Florida and the region.
Proposal would allow longliners into conservation zones under guise of “research”
Conservationists are sounding the alarm over a proposal to issue Exempted Fishing Permits (EFP) that would crack open the door for the commercial longline industry to fish in conservation zones created in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.
Atlantic menhaden management takes a familiar, disturbing turn
Last week the Atlantic States Marines Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Stock Assessment Committee and Technical Committee met to finalize the stock assessment update and advice they may give the Board for managing menhaden.
The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act is the overarching law that manages America’s marine fisheries. It was first passed in 1976 and was reauthorized in 1996 and again in 2006.
Congress directs fisheries managers to address impacts to recreational angling
Coastal Conservation Association applauds the U.S. Congress for recognizing the need to address impacts to recreational angling as a result of the U.S. Catch Share Policy.
From the South Atlantic to the western Pacific, federal marine management is a study in contrasts.
The United States has acted twice this week to impose restrictions on vast sections of ocean, dictating the future accessibility of those important resources. One action took years of scientific study and required dozens of public meetings attended by hundreds of concerned citizens, and thousands of hours of effort and organization before being implemented. The other took just months and was accomplished by the stroke of a pen. Taken together, the two recent marine management actions have cast a confusing net over the world of federal fisheries management.
Longliners seek extension and expansion of permits to fish in conservation zones.
Alarmed at the growing prospect of “longline creep,” conservationists are calling on the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to deny a request to extend and expand Exempted Fishing Permits issued in 2008 that cracked open the door for the commercial longline industry to fish in conservation zones created in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.
Fisheries management council thwarts commercial industry efforts to exploit Atlantic pelagic species
KEY WEST, FL - The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council voted last week to recommend that the National Marine Fisheries Service deny an application to allow pelagic longline fishing boats into conservation zones off South Carolina, Georgia and Florida that have been closed to this destructive commercial fishing gear since 2001.
HOUSTON, TX – Conservationists are expressing concern over a recent course of action taken by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) that could significantly roll back and delay conservation measures for threatened billfish stocks. NMFS has elected to delay a regulation requiring circle hooks for billfish tournaments until 2008 and is considering allowing longlingers into conservation zones that have been closed to industrial fishing since 2001.
Gulf red snapper fishery faces strict regulation at the hand of National Marine Fisheries Service
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has announced drastic regulation changes for Gulf red snapper that will have profound impacts on recreational anglers, charterboat operators, commercial fishermen and the shrimp industry. After years of mismanagement, federal fisheries managers paint a grim picture for the future of this fishery.