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Mexico to Lift Recreational Fishing Ban on Bluefin Tuna

The Sportfishing Association of California (SAC) has announced that through its efforts working with Mexico’s National Aquaculture and Fishing Commission (CONAPESCA) they have received verbal confirmation that Mexico will lift the ban on recreational bluefin tuna fishing that was imposed on July 14. Mexican officials announced the closure in July, but many recreational fishermen understood the […]

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Gulf Red Snapper Workshop in St. Petersburg, August 11

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting a Gulf of Mexico red snapper workshop August 11, 2014 in St. Petersburg, Florida for recreational stakeholders to discuss state and federal management of recreational red snapper. The workshop will also explore potential future approaches to managing this fishery in an effort to ensure optimal […]

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SAFMC August Meetings

From South Atlantic Fishery Management Council: REMINDER: Public Hearings and Scoping Meetings Scheduled in August for Proposed Federal Fisheries Management Measures Written comments accepted until August 18, 2014The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is requesting public input on proposed management measures affecting the fishery management plans for snapper grouper, dolphin and wahoo, coastal migratory pelagics […]

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Proposed Modifications to Spanish Mackerel Limits

From the Southeast Fishery Bulletin: July, 31, 2014, NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on a proposed rule to implement Framework Amendment 1 to the Fishery Management Plan for Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Region. The proposed rule for Framework Amendment 1 published in the Federal Register (79 […]

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NMFS Receives Petition about West Coast Bluefin Tuna

The National Marine Fisheries Service announced yesterday by way of the Federal Register that it has received a petition and a request for public comment on the petition for rulemaking under the Administrative Procedure Act The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), a non-governmental organization, has petitioned the U.S. Department of Commerce to promulgate regulations to prohibit […]

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2014 Red Snapper Season

On June 2, 2014 NOAA Fisheries announced in the Southeast Fishery Bulletin the dates for the 2014 recreational and commercial red snapper harvest season for South Atlantic federal waters, and now those dates are rapidly approaching. The recreational 2014 catch limit is set at 22,576 fish. The recreational fishing season will open for two weekends […]

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Gag Grouper Season Opening in Most Gulf Waters

From Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission: Gag grouper will open for recreational harvest in most Gulf of Mexico state waters and all Gulf federal waters July 1. The same day, the season will close in state waters off the coast of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties. The FWC manages marine fish from the […]

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Louisiana Senate Passes Saltwater License Fee Increase

The Louisiana Senate passed HB 1082 this past Thursday. The House Bill, had been introduced in March by Republican Stuart J. Bishop and cosponsored by Democrat Eugene Reynolds, The Louisiana House approved the bill at the end of April.  All the bill requires now is the signature of Governor Bobby Jindal. The bill will raise […]

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NOAA Changes Commercial Bluefin Tuna Limit

The National Marine Fisheries division of NOAA today posted an adjustment in the regulations for the harvesting of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus) for vessels licensed under the charter/headboat category fishing commercially. According to the NMFS document published today in the Federal Register  the Atlantic bluefin tuna daily retention limit of one large, medium, or giant […]

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Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Season

Press release from NOAA Southeast Fisheries: The 2014 Gulf of Mexico red snapper recreational season in federal waters is 9 days, opening at 12:01 a.m., June 1, 2014, and closing at 12:01 a.m., on June 10, 2014. The red snapper bag limit is 2 fish with a 16-inch minimum total length size limit. At its […]

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Atlantic Grouper Season Opens Tomorrow

The Saltwater Nation has eagerly been awaiting the start of the 2014 Atlantic Grouper season, and the wait is over. Beginning tomorrow, May 1, 2014, anglers can keep grouper within the limits of state and federal regulations. There is a 3 grouper aggregate set limit. Gag and black grouper must be 24 inches to the […]

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Snook Season to Close in Gulf States

Snook will close to all harvest in Gulf state, federal and inland waters, including all of Monroe County and Everglades National Park, starting May 1. Snook is open to harvest in Atlantic state, federal and inland waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, through May 31, closing June 1. Both the Atlantic and Gulf […]

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GMFMC Requests Emergency Rule for 11-Day Red Snapper Season

From the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council: After receiving a briefing on a recent court decision in response to a legal challenge on management of the recreational component of the red snapper fishery, the Council took actions to prevent the recreational sector from exceeding its quota in 2014 and beyond. For the short-term, the […]

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Palau to Ban Commercial Fishing

President Tommy Remengesau Jr. of Palau announced today during a keynote talk at the United Nations that Palau intends to ban all commercial fishing and establish its waters as a marine sanctuary.  Remengesau’s announcement came during a U.N. meeting about “Healthy Oceans and Seas.” President Remengesau did say that current fishing agreements with Japan, Taiwan, and some private […]

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ASMFC Approves New Summer Flounder Rules

Much to the approval of New York anglers and to the dismay of New Jersey anglers, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission today approved Addendum XXV for 2014 Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass Recreational Fisheries. The vote passed with a 7-4 vote. Basically, what this rule does is allow New York anglers to keep […]

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NC: Closure to Spotted Sea Trout Harvest

From the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries: North Carolina will close all coastal waters to commercial and recreational spotted seatrout harvest for an indefinite period beginning at noon Friday [February 7, 2014]. N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Director Louis Daniel issued a proclamation today implementing the closure, after consulting with N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission […]

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Al Ristori on Addendum XXV

We’re big fans of Captain Al Ristori’s fishing books, and we try to keep up with his NJ.com fishing reports and columns throughout the year. So, when Captain Ristori posted his views about Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Draft Addendum XXV to the Summer Flounder Management Plan, we knew right away that this was a […]

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NYT on Texas Sportfishing Restrictions

The New York Times ran a story today  (by way of The Texas Tribune) about increases in recreational saltwater fishing limits. The article, which is worth reading, specifically addresses the move Parks and Wildlife made last week to impose further restrictions on spotted trout and flounder fishing. From the article: “In November, during flounders’ spawning […]

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Sportfishing vs Conservation Fight Brewing in NSW

It looks like New South Wales Premiere Barry O’Farrell has a bit of a fight on his hands.  Last March O’Farrell’s government temporarily lifted a ban on shore-based line fishing at beaches and headlands in six marine parks that have established no-take sanctuaries. The O’Farrell plan was to monitor the effect of recreational catch-and-release fishing in […]

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Cook Inlet Charters Face New Halibut Limits

The Alaska Charter Halibut Management Implementation Committee has asked the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council to impose new restrictions on the catch limits for halibut in Cook Inlet for next summer. The Charter Committee has proposed a new two-fish limit in an effort to head off a new International Pacific Halibut Commission directive that would limit […]

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