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Delaware Black Sea Bass Season Opens Today

Delaware’s black sea bass season opens today and will remain open until December 31, 2013. Remember that the bag limit for this season is 25 fish per person and that fish must be at least 12.5 inches in length. Though the season technically closes on December 31, 2013, the first season of the year opens […]

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Philippines Ban Danish Seine

The Philippines’ Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources announced that it will ban the use of Danish seine fishing nets beginning in mid-March. The nets, which used heavy weights to drag the bottom of the ocean floor have been identified as causing extensive damage to coral and other seabed ecosystems and organisms. According to the BFAR’s […]

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Rhode Island’s Saltwater Recreational Fishing License Program Report

The Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Fish & Wildlife, Marine Fisheries Section has released a draft of the annual report on Rhode Island’s Saltwater Recreational Fishing License program. The report provides an overview of the program covering the 2013 fiscal year and sets forth a proposed programmatic budget for the 2014 fiscal year, drawing upon […]

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Public Hearing for Amendments to Waiakea Public Fishing Area, Hilo

The Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources has announced that The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will hold a public hearing to amend Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) relating to the Waiakea Public Fishing Area (PFA) in Hilo, Hawaii. The proposed amendments would prohibit the use of stand-up paddleboards, limit boat fishing to only when the […]

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NOAA Issues Bulletin about Red Snapper Quotas in the Gulf of Mexico

From NOAA press release FB13-073: NOAA Announces a Quota Increase for Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper and a 14-Day Supplemental Recreational Season Beginning October 1, 2013 NOAA Fisheries announces a rule increasing the allowable catch for red snapper from 8.46 million pounds (mp) to 11 mp. The recreational quota will increase from 4.145 mp to 5.39 mp and the commercial quota will increase from 4.315 mp to 5.61 mp. Federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico will […]

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More License-Free Fishing in FL

Today, Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced four additional license-free fishing days. Governor Scott said, “Florida’s license-free fishing days are the perfect opportunity for people to try, or introduce a friend to, some of the finest fishing in the world. Florida’s recreational freshwater and saltwater fishing industry has an […]

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FL Tarpon Rules Changes

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), at its Sept. 5 meeting in Pensacola, approved a two-part proposal that adds language to the current statewide snagging definition for tarpon and modifies what types of gear can be used when fishing in Boca Grande Pass. These changes go into effect November 1. “The actions taken […]

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Gag Grouper Season Opens Monday!

This past February, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission set the 2013 gag grouper season and regulations. Recreational fishermen can harvest gag grouper in Gulf state waters (excluding Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, Taylor and Monroe) from July 1, 2013 through December 3, 2013. The season will close December 4, 2013. Anglers can keep 1 gag per harvester […]

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Red Snapper Season in the Gulf of Mexico to Close June 29, 2013

As Inventive Fishing reported two days ago, Brownsville Federal Judge Andrew Hanen ruled in favor of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries joint lawsuit to stop the National Marine Fisheries Service emergency closure of the recreational red snapper season. Following the ruling no closure date for the 2013 season had been […]

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New NMFS Policy in the Works for Emergency Fishing Closures

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has drafted a document outlining a new policy regarding fishing zone closures in emergency situations, including situations during which there is a risk of seafood contamination. Though drafted on May 28, 2013, NMFS posted the policy draft in the Federal Register yesterday,  Monday, June 3, 2013. NMFS is asking […]

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Judge Rules in Favor of Texas and Louisiana Suit

In April, Inventive Fishing reported that the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department had partnered with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to file suit in United States District Court in Brownsville, Texas to dispute the emergency regulation enacted by the National Marine Fisheries Service on February 8, 2013 despite objections from Florida, Texans, and […]

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NOAA Wants Feedback on Bag Limits

NOAA has announced that it will be seeking comments from the public about bag limits for Vermillion Snapper and  annual catch limits for Yellowtail Snapper. In addition, NOAA is considering eliminating the  ventilation tool rule for boats reef fishing and is asking for public input on the matter. You can read the full announcement from […]

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Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to Hold Meeting

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council announced today that its Standing Special Mackerel and Special Reef Fish Scientific and Statistical Committees will meet May 29 – 31, 2013, in Tampa, Florida. The meeting will address benchmarks for Spanish mackerel, King mackerel, cobia, and red snapper. For more information, call the GMFMC at 813-348-1630 or download […]

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Texas and Louisiana File Suit Together

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has announced that it has joined with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to file suit in United States District Court in Brownsville, Texas in order to dispute an emergency regulation enacted by the National Marine Fisheries Service on February 8, 2013 despite objections from Louisiana, Texas, and Florida. […]

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Grouper Fisheries Reopen May 1

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has announced that Florida anglers can once again catch and keep limited numbers of grouper taken in state waters in the Atlantic out to three miles beginning May 1, 2013. The season will remain open until January 1, 2014. Monroe County Atlantic-side waters are included in this harvest […]

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Tarpon and Bonefish Catch-and-Release Only in FL?

On April 17, 2013 the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted unanimously to move forward with a proposed plan to make tarpon and bonefish catch-and-release only in Florida waters. The FWC summarizes the full proposal as proposing these changes in fisheries management approaches: Eliminating all harvest of tarpon with the exception of the harvest or […]

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Support House Bill 983 in North Carolina

The Carteret County Marine Fisheries Advisory Board in North Carolina met tonight in Beaufort and adopted a resolution to oppose portions of House Bill 983, titled 2013 Fisheries Economic Development Act. The Bill, which you can read in its entirety here, proposes to designate red drum, sea trout, and striped bass as coastal sport fish, […]

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King Salmon Restrictions on Lower Cook Inlet

Those of you planning to fish the king runs in the lower Cook Inlet this year should keep an eye out for newly imposed restrictions. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Sportfisheries has announced that Lower Cook Inlet stream and marine waters will be “managed conservatively during the 2013 season.” For more […]

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Tracking Keys Commercial Fishing

The Miami Herald reports that local commercial fishermen in Key Largo, Florida unanimously voted yesterday to oppose mandatory satellite tracking for vessels fishing for snapper and grouper. The meeting and vote come in response to a South Atlantic Fishery Management Council proposal to require all federal snapper-grouper permit holders to install vessel monitoring systems on […]

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