Tag Archives: fishing regulations

Trump official’s flounder ruling clouds Atlantic coast fish conservation

No one considers summer flounder an iconic Bay species. But fishery managers and conservationists say the ripple effect of a controversial Trump administration decision to let more “fluke” be caught in New Jersey may impact how important species such as striped bass and menhaden are managed in the Chesapeake. In the wake of an unprecedented decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce, some in Maryland are already calling on fishery managers to challenge how coastwide fishing restrictions are implemented in the Bay. The concern stems from a July ruling by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross that allowed New Jersey to reject harvest limits accepted by all other East Coast fishery managers, which were aimed at stemming a seven-year decline in the summer flounder population. In recent decades, states had appealed similar harvest cutbacks ordered by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission 22 times. Never before had the commerce secretary overturned a decision by the interstate panel. click here to read the story 08:47

Effective fishing regulations benefit all Floridians by Edward Gaw, president, HI-LINER Fishing Gear Inc.,

I often read Bob McNally’s outdoors columns and am frequently informed and entertained. However, a recent piece, “Why are Spotted Seatrout not Gamefish?,” left me scratching my head. To be clear, we are both in agreement that gamefish status for this species needs due and complete consideration and public debate. My exception begins and ends with his assault on commercial fishing. Here at HI-LINER we have a unique division of supply to both the recreational and commercial sectors. We remain sensitive to arguments on both sides of the water. It is our humble perspective that demonizing any fisherman runs counter to our mission. click here to read the op-ed 13:56

NMFS Seeks Public Comment for Proposed Rule to Require Turtle Excluder Device Use for Skimmer Trawls, Pusher-Head Trawls, and Wing Nets (Butterfly Trawls)

In an effort to strengthen sea turtle conservation efforts, NOAA Fisheries NMFS is seeking comments on a newly proposed rule.  The rule, if implemented, would require all skimmer trawls, pusher-head trawls, and wing nets (butterfly trawls) to use turtle excluder devices (TEDs) in their nets.  A TED is a device that allows sea turtles to escape from trawl nets.  The purpose of the proposed rule is to aid in the protection and recovery of listed sea turtle populations by reducing incidental bycatch and mortality of sea turtles in the southeastern U.S. shrimp fisheries. We have scheduled six public hearings in January 2017 to solicit public comment on the proposed rule.  The dates, times, and locations of the hearings are as follows: Larose, LA – January 9, 2017, 4pm-6pm, Larose Regional Park and Civic Center, 307 East 5th Street, Larose, LA 70373. Gretna, LA – January 10, 2017, 12pm-2pm, Belle Chasse, LA – January 10, 2017, 4pm-6pm Biloxi, MS – January 11, 2017, 4pm-6pm, Bayou La Batre, AL – January 12, 2017, 10am-12pm Morehead City, NC – January 18, 2017, 12pm-2pm Read the bulletin here 09:33

LDWC approves fishing regulations out to 9-mile limit

Recreational and commercial fishermen will have no changes in daily nor sized limits and the state will not alter current federal commercial fishing regulations on the use of gear in state waters out to nine miles. The one-year rule pushing state boundary waters out to nine nautical miles from the state’s wildly meandering coastline was given Congressional approval in December. In some cases, state laws governing gear use by commercial fisheries were more strict than federal laws. Thursday, during the state Wildlife and Fisheries Commission’s monthly meeting, the LDWC unanimously approved a resolution to apply state recreational regulations and retain federal commercial fishing regulations out to the nine-mile limit. Read the rest here 07:41

Will the Fish Rot in the Hold? – Our View: One more fault with fishing rules

AR-160119723.jpg&MaxW=650&MaxH=650Fishing vessels tied up in New Bedford but not allowed to unload part of their catch this week suggest one more weakness in our fishing regulations that is ripe for remedy. State environmental regulations allow a boat carrying fish to an out-of-state port to land fish in Massachusetts when injured crew or severe mechanical issues force the decision. Foul weather, apparently, is not part of the equation. Unfortunately for seven vessels — three home-ported here and four from North Carolina — Read the op-ed here 08:44

Jolly moves to eliminate guesswork from fishing regulations with third party data collection

jolly_portrait-cropped“It’s all about the numbers,” said Jolly, a Dunedin native who has taken a particular interest in fisheries issues. “Without good data, you can’t make good decisions.” Jolly, a Republican, represents Florida’s 13th Congressional District which covers most of Pinellas County. First elected in March 2014, Jolly quickly recognized the importance of both commercial and recreational fishing to the region’s economy. His plan for a third-party data collection system for sn was included in the recent budget deal signed by President Barack Obama. Read the article here 12:15

Senator Ayotte Challenges NOAA regional administrator John Bullard over fishing regulation’s.

Fishermen aired grievances face to face with federal officials they say are ruining their industry, backed in person by U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., who arranged the meeting at Pease Tradeport Friday. Ayotte backed fishermen, telling Bullard that the regulations fly in the face of federal law. She said the Magnuson-Stevens Act which sets parameters for fishery management requires NOAA balance the fisheries’ health with the welfare of fishing communities. Read the rest here 14:09

OUR VIEW: Let’s make waves with fishing regulations

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Just when it seems life can’t get harder for local fishermen, the state Division of Marine Fisheries releases another statement. The state division recently announced that the federal regulations implemented in November to restrict will remain in place for at least another year. Looks like another year of eating haddock for us. Looks like another year of hardship for the people in the fishing industry. Read the rest here  07:40

It takes fish to make fish – Larry Engel

The uptick in silvers to the Mat-Su is part of what we on the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Fish and Wildlife Commission were asking for last February when we took our plea to the Alaska Board of Fisheries, the state’s highest fisheries regulating board.  In February, by a vote of 7 to 0, the Board of Fisheries agreed on changes to commercial fishing regulations for the drift gillnet fleet in Upper Cook Inlet.  Read the rest here 13:44

FWC comes to Keys to tackle lionfish, commercial lobstering and more

Florida’s lead agency on fishing regulations comes to Key Largo for meetings Thursday and Friday, with a huge list of Florida Keys topics awaiting.Questions or reports on the barracuda stock, commercial lobster diving, coral protection, invasive lionfish and protected American crocodiles fill much of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission agenda.  Read the rest here 09:57

Few waters contain a more baffling hodgepodge of fishing rules than the Florida Keys

Recreational and commercial fishing in South Florida waters falls under the jurisdiction of three government agencies: The federal South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, and the state FWC. Then toss in rules for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, national wildlife areas and species-specific closed areas. @keysnet

Crafting a Vision for the Future of Fisheries

radio-microphoneThe federal law that mandates fishery management sets ten national standards that all fishing regulations must meet. But those standards are somewhat vague and sometimes even contradictory. [email protected]

New fishing regulations seek to limit whale, dolphin deaths

A new federal rule proposal that seeks to support the state’s fisheries  while also protecting whales, dolphins and other marine mammals from  getting hurt or killed in trawl lines and other fishing gear will be the  subject of public hearings in Maine next month. [email protected]