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 Mississippi Department of Marine Resour

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Alabama Marine Resources Division

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Alabama State Waters Extended to 9 Miles for Reef Fish Management
by: Capt_Dave
2016-01-05 18:06:40

The Congressional Omnibus Appropriations bill passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Obama on December 18, 2015, includes a provision to extend Alabama’s state waters from 3 miles to 9 miles. The bill includes additional provisions that attempt to address the ongoing Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery mismanagement that has resulted in abbreviated nine and 10-day seasons for private sector recreational anglers the last two years. The red snapper provisions in the bill were authored by Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee Chairman Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.).

Through its Marine Resources Division, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has worked diligently over the last several years with the Alabama congressional delegation and the Alabama State Legislature to enact legislation to improve red snapper management and increase angler access to this valuable fishery resource.

“Red snapper is the most economically important fishery for coastal Alabama. The extension of our state waters from 3 to 9 miles and the third-party stock assessment for red snapper that includes information from artificial reefs should go a long way in changing the dynamic of red snapper management and should lead to more days of fishing opportunities for Alabama anglers,” said Conservation Commissioner N. Gunter Guy, Jr. “Alabama has the best artificial reef system and the best red snapper fishery in the country. I appreciate Senator Shelby’s stalwart efforts on this, and I appreciate the continued work of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Marine Resources Division in keeping this vital issue in the forefront both in Alabama and in Washington.”


 

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Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commiss

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commiss · Total News: 41 · Total Reads: 47896

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ASMFC Approves Atlantic Menhaden Amendment 2
by: Capt_Dave
2012-12-17 13:46:09

ASMFC Approves Atlantic Menhaden Amendment 2

Baltimore, MD – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has approved Amendment 2 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Menhaden. The Amendment establishes a 170,800 MT total allowable catch (TAC) beginning in 2013 and continuing until completion of, and Board action on, the next benchmark stock assessment, scheduled for 2014. The TAC represents a 20% reduction from the average of landings from 2009-2011 and an approximately 25% reduction from 2011 levels. The Board also adopted new biological reference points for biomass based on maximum spawning potential (MSP), with the goal of increasing abundance, spawning stock biomass, and menhaden availability as a forage species.

“Through the selection of the MSP-based reference points, beginning with adoption of Addendum V in 2011 and continuing today, the Board has made a conscious decision to address the ecosystem services provided by Atlantic menhaden,” stated Board Chair Louis Daniel of North Carolina. “Given the stock is experiencing overfishing and is most likely overfished based on the newly adopted reference points, it was incumbent upon the Board to reduce landings in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of the resource and the fisheries that depend on it.”

The Amendment allocates the TAC on a state-by-state basis based on landings history of the fishery from 2009-2011; allocation will be revisited three years after implementation. Further, it reduces the Chesapeake Bay reduction fishery harvest cap by 20% (this is an adjustment of cap which was in place since 2006). States will be required to close their fisheries when the state-specific portion of the TAC has been reached; any overages must be paid back the following year. The Amendment includes provisions to allow for the transfer of quota between states and a bycatch allowance of 6,000 pounds for non-directed fisheries that are operating after a state TAC has been landed.  The Amendment also establishes requirements for timely reporting and improved biological monitoring.

For more information, please contact Mike Waine, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, at mwaine@asmfc.org or 703.842.0740.

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California Department of Fish and Wildli

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Caribbean Fishery Management Council

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Council for Sustainable Fishing

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Recently discovered data may allow red snapper fishery to open
by: David_Paff
2017-08-28 15:49:59

I wanted to make you aware of some good news: it’s likely the red snapper fishery in the South Atlantic will open this year.

There’s an emergency action to open the red snapper fishery on the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s agenda for its upcoming meeting on September 11-15 in Charleston, SC. The SAFMC’s preferred catch limit would allow recreational fishermen to land 29,656 fish and commercial to land 124,815 lb.

The emergency action projects an October 6th fishery opening date. Under the preferred catch limit alternative, the recreational season is projected to last six to twelve days and the commercial season year-round based on a 75 lb. trip limit.

Also, on the SAFMC’s agenda is Snapper-Grouper Amendment 43, which would establish red snapper annual catch limits starting in 2018. Click here for the amendment.

It’s important to let the SAFMC know you support catch limit Alternative 5 for both the emergency action and Amendment 43, which is the largest catch limit under consideration.

How did we get to this point when as late as March the SAFMC still had an action under consideration to potentially close more large areas of bottom to fishing to “protect” red snapper and in June the SAFMC announced that red snapper discards exceeded the acceptable biological limit and there would be no 2017 season?

Incredibly, “recently discovered and unforeseen data” is the answer according to the emergency action.

An index from a long-term fishery independent survey was “discovered” that confirmed what most fishermen were seeing on the water: the red snapper population has exploded, with the population in 2016 three times higher than in 1990. And this population explosion occurred despite the limited red snapper fishing seasons from 2012 to 2014 and the dead discards since the fishery was closed in 2010.

It’s sad that fishermen and the coastal economy have paid the price for the very poor data effort, projections and estimates that have prevented this fishery from opening years ago. Our fishery managers have got to do much better.

I hope this information is helpful.

Tom Swatzel
Executive Director
Council for Sustainable Fishing

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CT Depart of Energy and Environmental

CT Depart of Energy and Environmental · Total News:· Total Reads: 16

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2017 Commercial Fishery Management Plan
by: David_Paff
2017-01-08 12:16:35


December 29, 2016
 
 
JANUARY – APRIL

Summer flounder: Initially 500 pound biweekly (per two week period) landing limit. Adjust limits periodically to maintain a steady biweekly landings rate, landing not more than 25% of the annual quota through March 31. Reduce to 50 pounds per trip once 25% of annual landings is reached or on April 1st, whichever occurs first. The first biweekly period begins Sunday January 1st and ends Saturday January 14th. Each subsequent biweekly period will similarly begin on Sunday and end the second Saturday following. Call-in / Call-out required under biweekly landing limits – Prior to departure and again prior to offloading call EnCon Police at 860.424.3503 24/7 and provide vessel name, Captain’s name, departure date, return date, port of landing and prior to offloading, the hail weight of fluke onboard.  Summer flounder license endorsement required to land fluke.

Scup (porgy): Follow federal winter 1 rules: initially 50,000 pound possession limit, dropping to 1,000 pounds when 80% of the period quota has been harvested. No scup license endorsement is required during this period or during winter 2. Note during federal winter 2 (Nov-Dec) the initial possession limit is 12,000 pounds. This limit may be adjusted (increased) based on winter 1 fishery performance. 
 
MAY - OCTOBER

Summer flounder: Initially 75 pound possession limit, adjusting limits periodically to maintain a steady weekly landings rate, landing not more than 95% of the annual quota, cumulatively by October 31. A summer flounder license endorsement is required to land fluke.

Scup (porgy): From May 1 through May 6 a 100 pound possession limit. Thereafter, the possession limit increases to 1,200 pounds. Adjust limits periodically to maintain a steady weekly landings rate, prevent a fishery closure and land 100% of the summer quota by October 31. A scup license endorsement is required to land scup, except under a restricted commercial fishing license when the possession limit is 60 scup without a scup license endorsement. Commercial lobster pot fishermen may, when in possession of lobsters, possess 10 scup. The 60 fish limit may also be adjusted (lowered) in-season in approximate proportion to any adjustment in the primary possession limit.  The lower limit will not exceed 10% of the primary limit.
 
ANNUAL

American lobster: The closed season for lobster is September 8 through November 28.

Atlantic menhaden: 6,000 pound possession limit all year.

Black sea bass: 10 fish possession limit effective Jan 1. The fishery will close when 100% of the annual quota has been landed. A black sea bass license endorsement is required to land sea bass, including from lobster pots.

Bluefish: 1,200 pound possession limit effective Jan 1. Adjust limits periodically to maintain a steady monthly landings rate, to prevent in-season closure and land 100% of the annual quota. To prevent significant change in the character of the fishery, such as large scale targeted net fishing, the possession limit will not exceed 1,200 pounds. 

Jonah crab: In the commercial fishery no Jonah crab less than 4.75 inches carapace width may be possessed or sold. Possession of egg bearing Jonah crabs or crabs from which the eggs have been removed is prohibited. Jonah crabs must also be landed whole. Landing claws only is prohibited. Possession of more than two loose claws per body is prohibited. The possession limit in non-trap fisheries is 1,000 crabs. There is no possession limit in the lobster pot fishery. (Connecticut licensing statutes do not allow crabs to be taken by pots other than lobster pots.) In the recreational fishery, there is a 50 crab daily possession limit and possession of egg bearing crabs or crabs from which the eggs have been removed is prohibited. There is no minimum size limit in the recreational fishery.

Smooth dogfish: 200 pound possession limit effective Jan 1. The fishery will close when 100% of the quota has been landed.

Spiny dogfish: 6,000 pound possession limit effective Jan 1. Spiny dogfish are managed under a regional annual quota. The fishery will close when 100% of the regional quota has been harvested.

Tautog: 10 fish possession limit when fishing under a limited access (moratorium) license, and 4 fish when fishing under the new restricted commercial fishing license. Open seasons are the months of April, July, August, and between Oct 8 and Dec 24.

Weakfish: 100 pounds all year.

Winter flounder: 50 pounds or 38 fish unless the fish were taken in federal waters under a federal groundfish permit.

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Delaware Fish and Wildlife

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Division of Fish &Wildlife launches new web-based fish facts website
by: David_Paff
2017-01-20 12:25:09

 DOVER – DNREC's Division of Fish & Wildlife is please to announce a new web based fact page for numerous fish species available to be caught or potentially caught by anglers in state and new shore coastal waters in the Atlantic Ocean.  The new website allows users to view species specific information ranging from seasons, size and possession limits to habitat to common fishing lures and baits. The webpages are easily used on portable devices (tablets and cellphones). 

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation · Total News:· Total Reads: 44

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St. Johns River blue crab trap closure starts Jan. 16
by: Mel
2016-01-12 11:18:08

 Recreational and commercial blue crab traps in all waters of the St. Johns River system must be removed from the water before Jan. 16, the first day of a 10-day trap closure.

 This closure will give groups authorized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) the opportunity to identify and retrieve lost and abandoned blue crab traps from the water.

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Greater Atlantic Regional Office

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Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Counci

Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Counci · Total News: 24 · Total Reads: 37

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Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Extension of Valid Period for Vessel and Dealer Permits (David_Paff)
Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Final Rule to Modify the Commercial Permit Restrictions for King and Spanish Mac (David_Paff)
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Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  Gulf Council Schedules Public Hearing Meetings to Gather Input on Gray Triggerfi (David_Paff)
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Extension of Valid Period for Vessel and Dealer Permits
by: David_Paff
2017-09-25 09:18:36

KEY MESSAGE:
Because of technical difficulties due to Hurricane Irma, the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Region Permits Office is providing an extension of the valid period of any permits for which owners have submitted a renewal application.  Only those expired permits already submitted for renewal to the Southeast Region Permits Office will be considered valid until October 31, 2017.
 
Background:
Since the passing of Hurricane Irma, the permit system at the Southeast Regional Office in St. Petersburg, Florida, has experienced unusual delays in permit renewals.
Some individuals applied to renew their permits in a timely manner, but have not received new permits due to Hurricane Irma.
For permits that are expired but have renewal applications pending at the Southeast Regional Office, the permit expiration will be considered extended until October 31, 2017.
This extension applies to all Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, and Highly Migratory Species vessel permits and dealer permits.
Permit transfers will not be processed until the system is functioning.

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House of Representatives

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Congress bars national marine monument appropriations
by: Capt_Rich
2016-07-19 07:25:16

U.S. House Makes Strong Statement Against Marine Monument

July 14, 2016 — The following was released by the National Coalition for Fishing Communities:

WASHINGTON (NCFC) — The U.S. House of Representatives made a strong statement against the declaration of marine monuments last night, passing an amendment offered by Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-New York) to bar funding for the designation of any National Marine Monuments by the President.  The amendment to H.R. 5538, the Fiscal Year 2017 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, passed the House by a vote of 225-202. Congressman Zeldin represents a coastal district and the fishing hub of eastern Long Island, N.Y.

Yesterday, National Coalition for Fishing Communities (NCFC) members the Garden State Seafood Association (NJ), the Red Crab Harvesters Association (MA), the Long Island Commercial Fishing Association, and Blue Water Fisheries Inc. (NY) asked fellow NCFC members to reach out to their representatives to support the amendment. The Montauk Tilefish Association (NY) and the Monkfish Defense Fund joined them in calling for support for the amendment.

Mr. Zeldin explained that he offered the amendment to keep commercial fishermen from losing access to important fishing areas through Marine Monument Designations. Opposition to the amendment was led by Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-Massachusetts) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine).

“As we heard at a field hearing in Riverhead, New York, unilateral marine monument designations override the current public process of established fisheries management and threatens the livelihood of the U.S. fishing industry,” said House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah).

“Congressman Zeldin’s amendment brings us one step closer to protecting local economies while safeguarding local input in management decisions,” Chairman Bishop continued. “Many Presidents—but not all—have used the Antiquities Act, but they use it sparingly. Only a few Administrations, including this one, have abused the Act. President Obama has a long history of abusing the Antiquities Act, locking up land and water with the stroke of a pen.”

“We applaud Congressman Zeldin for his leadership on protecting fishermen both in his district here on Long Island, and across America,” said Bonnie Brady of the Long Island Commercial Fishing Association.

Marine Monuments are large areas of ocean where commercial fishing would be banned without consulting the local community, fishermen, or regional fishery managers. Mr. Zeldin’s amendment mandates that, “None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to declare a national monument under section 320301 of title 54, United States Code, in the exclusive economic zone of the United States established by Proclamation Numbered 5030, dated March 10, 1983.”

The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate. Any differences between the House and Senate bills must be worked out between the two bodies, and a final bill is expected to be passed by both chambers before Sept. 30. Should the amendment survive the conference process, it will complicate the Obama Administration’s ability to act. While it would not stop a declaration, it would not allow funds to be spent to implement a declaration.

In 2014, President Obama declared a 407,000 square mile National Marine Monument in the Pacific Ocean where commercial fishing was banned and recreational fishing was severely limited.

Now important fishing areas in the Northwest Atlantic, on the West Coast, and in Alaska, where fishermen have worked for centuries, are under consideration for Monument designations with little public input and no transparency.

In a letter to House colleagues, Mr. Zeldin stated that there is an emerging national consensus that “any efforts to create marine protected areas in the EEZ must be done through the transparent and consultative process laid out by the landmark Magnuson-Stevens fishery conservation law. No one is more invested in protecting America’s waters from overfishing than the hardworking families who rely upon fishing for their livelihoods.”
 

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Louisiana Department of Wildlife Fish

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Louisiana Sets 2017 Recreational Red Snapper Season
by: David_Paff
2017-01-06 15:05:22


The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission announced the 2017 recreational red snapper fishing season in state waters will begin on February 1, 2017, and remain open until further notice. The season will run seven days a week in state waters with a daily bag and possession limit of two fish per person at a 16-inch minimum total length.
 
Last year, Louisiana anglers had 272 days of opportunity for red snapper fishing during a combined state and federal season. 
 
Recreational Offshore Landing Permit
 
The department reminds anglers that a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit is required in order to possess certain species, including red snapper.  Anglers may obtain or renew the permit, free of charge at https://rolp.wlf.la.gov. Anglers may renew their permits up to 30 days prior to expiration. A valid Louisiana fishing license number is required to obtain a permit. A confirmation number is allowed for a temporary (trip) license.
 
Recreational anglers and charter captains are required to obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit to possess tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers, snappers, hinds, cobia, wahoo and dolphin. Minors (under 16) are not required to obtain a recreational offshore landing permit. Angling customers on a paid-for-hire charter trip also do not need a permit as long as the charter captain has a valid Charter Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.
 

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Maine Department of Marine Resources

Maine Department of Marine Resources · Total News:· Total Reads: 18

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Department of Marine Resources NOTICE OF AGENCY RULE-MAKING PROPOSAL
by: RPaff
2016-02-14 08:58:56

AGENCY: Department of Marine Resources

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Chapter 45.05 Shrimp Season Closure Proposed Regulations

PROPOSED RULE NUMBER:

(Leave blank - Assigned by Secretary of State) 

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Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Maryland Department of Natural Resources · Total News:· Total Reads: 23

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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fishing and Boating Services 2017
by: David_Paff
2017-01-06 16:05:21

 

The Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), pursuant to Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 08.02.22.04B, in order to comply with species management through the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Coastal Sharks, announces a new catch limit for large coastal sharks. Effective at 12:01 a.m. January 8, 2017, the catch limit is 25 large coastal sharks per vessel per trip. Large coastal sharks includes all of the sharks in the aggregated large coastal and hammerhead management groups defined in COMAR 08.02.22.03A(6) and (7). The species in the two management groups include: Silky; Tiger; Blacktip; Spinner; Bull; Lemon; Nurse; Scalloped hammerhead; Great hammerhead; and Smooth hammerhead.
 
The National Marine Fisheries Service anticipates in-season trip limit modifications based on harvest. If modifications are made, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Service will follow with modifications for state waters. A new public notice will be issued if modifications are made. 

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Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game

Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game · Total News:· Total Reads: 17

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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $76,000 in Grants for Recreational Saltwater
by: David_Paff
2017-01-06 14:51:15

 
BOSTON – December 22, 2016 – The Baker-Polito Administration today awarded $76,545 in grants for recreational saltwater fishing access projects in Beverly, Chatham, Manchester, Scituate, Fall River, and Truro. The grants were awarded through the Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) Public Access Small Grant Program, which uses revenue from the sale of recreational saltwater fishing permits to improve angler opportunity in Massachusetts’ marine waters.

“The Department of Fish and Game’s Public Access Small Grant Program supports our valuable tourism economy and enhances the ability of the more than 160,000 licensed saltwater anglers in Massachusetts to access our marine waters,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “It is our Administration’s priority to ensure all Massachusetts’ residents and visitors can safely and reliably access the outdoor recreational opportunities our public lands and waters provide.”

“The renovations and upgrades to these boating and fishing access points will provide even more opportunities for our state’s residents and visitors to enjoy the Massachusetts coast,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Through these grants, we are pleased to work with municipalities to provide quality public access to our beautiful coastal waters.”

These grants are funded from revenues in the Marine Recreational Fisheries Development Fund, and are the fourth round of grant funding since the state saltwater fishing permit was established in 2011. The saltwater fishing permit program provides funds for marine recreational fishing programs including fisheries research, management, and public access for anglers.

“Recreational saltwater fishing is an economic driver for our tourism industry on Massachusetts’ coast, and these grants help support that economic activity,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “In addition, as the grant program is funded through the recreational saltwater fishing permit program, we are able to provide improved services to anglers without impacting the Commonwealth’s general fund.”

“These local projects improve access and the overall salt water fishing experience for recreational anglers in Massachusetts,” said Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Commissioner George Peterson. “This grant program is an important complement to our efforts to maintain and improve state boat access areas and recreational fishing piers.”

DMF awarded funds to six coastal municipalities:

    Beverly – The Town was awarded $14,850 in order to improve access to shoreline fishing in Obear Park.  Improvements include removal of invasive plants, add informational signage, and clear pathways to water.
    Chatham – The Town was awarded $4,000 for the installation of two fillet stations with wash down capabilities at Ryder’s Cove and Barn Hill Landing. 
    Fall River – The City of Fall River was awarded $15,000 in order to increase the number of floats at the state-run Bicentennial Park boat ramp.  This popular boat ramp is heavily used during summer months and the addition of floats will improve wait times for the launching and retrieval of vessels.
    Manchester – The Town of Manchester was awarded $15,000 in order to install gangways and floats on their new launch facility.  These floats will segregate trailored and car top vessels, making launching and retrieval of watercraft more efficient and reducing user conflicts.
    Scituate – The Town of Scituate was awarded $12,695 to replace aging and nonfunctional lighting at two launch facilities at the town boat ramp on Cole Parkway and at the state boat ramp on Jericho Road.  The old lights will be replaced with updated wiring and LED fixtures that use less electricity. 
    Truro – The Town of Truro was awarded $15,000 in order to expand the number of floats, install a wash down system, and install lighting at the state-run Pamet River boat ramp. 

“These projects will help preserve fishing opportunities throughout the state’s coastline and the funds we are providing will complement work being done at the facilities by the cities and towns receiving the grants,” said DMF Director David Pierce. “We are excited to maintain this state-local partnership for the good of recreational anglers.”

DMF administers the Marine Recreational Fisheries Development Fund with the assistance of the Marine Recreational Fisheries Development Panel, a group of private stakeholders that advises DMF on recreational fishing projects and initiatives. Under the state law that established the recreational saltwater fishing permit, one-third of all license fees are dedicated to recreational saltwater fishing infrastructure projects in Massachusetts, ensuring better access to coastal fishing.

“Our state has tremendous coastal resources, but without access we can't take advantage of them. That's why it’s important that the town has worked to create this opportunity, and that the administration is investing in it. Together, the efforts of state government and the community will make a real difference for the quality of life that access provides,” said Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester).  “These funds will help install floats and gangways to aid people's boat access for saltwater fishing and other recreational activities.”

“I am extremely grateful to the Baker-Polito Administration for this generosity in funding,” said Representative Brad Hill (R-Ipswich). “Fisheries and recreational water usage in the Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea are important economic and cultural pillars of the community, and this money will be put to extremely good use.”

“Expanding fishing access to the Taunton River will provide Greater Fall River residents with increased recreational opportunities,” said State Senator Michael Rodrigues (D-Westport). “This is something I’ve been working on for a long time, and I am grateful for the Administration’s support of our local fishing community.”

“This funding will help ease congestion at the Bicentennial Park boat ramp so that residents and visitors may better enjoy the Commonwealth’s waters,” said State Representative Paul Schmid III (D-Westport), House Chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.  “Thank you to the Baker-Polito Administration for recognizing the importance and value of recreational fishing in Massachusetts and the South Coast.”

“The addition of more boarding floats will further enhance the very popular and well used Bicentennial Park boat ramp in the district,” said Representative Carole Fiola (D-Fall River). “I thank the Baker-Polito Administration for continuing to work with us to make our waterfront improvements a priority.”

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is responsible for promoting the conservation and enjoyment of the Commonwealth's natural resources. DFG carries out this mission through land protection and wildlife habitat management, management of inland and marine fish and wildlife species, and ecological restoration of fresh water, salt water, and terrestrial habitats. DFG promotes enjoyment of the Massachusetts environment through outdoor skills workshops, fishing festivals and other educational programs, and by enhancing access to the Commonwealth's rivers, lakes, and coastal waters.

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Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council

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Mid-Atlantic Council Solicits Public Input on Blueline Tilefish Management
by: Capt_Dave
2016-03-17 15:18:11

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council is soliciting public input on a draft amendment to address management and conservation of blueline tilefish in the Mid-Atlantic. Four public hearings will be held between March 21 and March 29, 2016. Written comments will be accepted until Wednesday, March 30, 2016.

The draft amendment considers adding blueline tilefish (Caulolatilus microps) as a managed species in the Tilefish Fishery Management Plan, effectively turning that plan into the Golden and Blueline Tilefish Fishery Management Plan. The management measures proposed in the amendment are needed to constrain fishing mortality on the blueline tilefish stock and effectively manage the blueline tilefish fishery in waters off the Mid-Atlantic and Southern New England coasts.

PUBLIC HEARING DOCUMENT

Members of the public are invited to comment on any aspect of the Amendment. Following a review of comments received, the Council will choose preferred management measures and submit the Amendment to the Secretary of Commerce for approval and publication of proposed and final rules, both of which have additional comment periods.

For more information, contact Jason Didden at (302) 526-5254 or jdidden@mafmc.org.
Public Hearing Schedule

There will be four hearings with the following dates/times/locations:

    Monday March 21, 2016, 6 pm.  Dare County Administration Building, Commissioners Meeting Room, 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo, NC 27954; telephone: (252) 475-5700.
    Tuesday March 22, 2016, 7 pm.  Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront, 3001 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451; telephone: (757) 213-3001.
    Monday, March 28, 2016, 7 pm.  Hilton Suites Oceanfront, 3200 Baltimore Ave., Ocean City, MD 21842; telephone: (410) 289-6444.
    Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 7 pm.  Hilton Garden Inn Lakewood, 1885 Route 70, Lakewood, NJ 08701; telephone (732) 262-5232.

Written Comments

    Written comments will be accepted until Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 11:59 pm. Comments may be sent by any of the following methods:
    Email – jdidden@mafmc.org (Include “Blueline Tilefish Comments” in the subject line)
    Mail – send comments to: Dr. Christopher Moore, Executive Director, MAFMC, 800 North State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901 (Mark the outside of the envelope “Blueline Tilefish Comments”)
    Fax – (302) 674–5399.

These public hearings are accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to M. Jan Saunders, (302) 526-5251, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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NMFS letting Long Liners back into the closed areas
by: Capt_Rich
2017-10-20 15:42:23

Dear TBF Friends,
The Office of Highly Migratory Species (NMFS), a division of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), charged with conserving and responsibly managing highly migratory fish species reversed 16 years of conservation with their approval of an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) on August 10, 2017. The permit will allow pelagic longline boats back into the east coast closed zone to fish. Sixteen years ago the same agency closed the zone to protect juvenile swordfish, billfish, sea turtles, marine mammals, and sharks; now the boats will kill and sell the conservation benefits. Unbelievable!
The government maintains that the research is “to collect data”, data that confirms the obvious – closing an area to longline gear for 16 years will allow fish stocks and fishing to improve. The project’s rationale is more threatening as it holds that “if the conservation goals of the time-area closures have been achieved, then these closures should be reopened to the fishery.” This means that if the bureaucrats feel the “experimental research” is successful, the whole east coast closed zone will likely be opened for longline fishing throughout. There is no reason to think the closed zone in the Gulf of Mexico will not be subject to the same illogical decision making in the near future.
Even opposition from Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission could not get the respect or attention of NMFS in this decision. Most everyone in the recreational fishing community and industry strongly opposed the permit, but that likewise made no difference. It was the few bureaucrats in the HMS Office and friends who decided it was a good idea and approved the permit for a favored scientist, who has received $747,811.00 in NOAA/NMFS grant money since 2007. In this case, the “experimental research” did not come with a government grant; rather the expenses are to be covered by the sale of the fish landed from inside the zone. Anglers and members of the industry should be irate at the NMFS/HMS Office for their disrespect; their priorities and preferences need broadening.
In addition, the new leader of NMFS, Chris Oliver, Assistant Administrator (AA), just stepped into the job with the endorsement of at least 150 commercial fishing organizations. In his first message to constituents he said he is an angler and looked forward to “working with us all.” With the huge commercial fishing endorsement, his words ring empty and his concurrence in approving the EFP seems to confirm the lack of sincerity.
How can a government regulatory agency completely disregard the voice of a large industry? Florida has more anglers than any other state in the nation, 2.4 million in fact, not to mention all of the tourists who come to Florida to fish, and the associated industry generates an economic impact of $7.6 billion dollars (2015/16) supporting 109,300 jobs. These contributions received no priority consideration.
The hypocrisy of the situation is blatant as the permitted scientist, along with the owner of many of the longline boats that will fish in the zone, were part of a CNN interview in 2012, in which they made the argument that longlining was not a clean gear and should be replaced by buoy gear. The very scientist and longline boat owner in that CNN piece are now the ones who requested and received the permit. They can now sell the conservation benefits from the zone.
We are working tirelessly to halt the expanding use of longlines in protected, ecologically important zones, but we need your help to contact all of your elected officials like your Senators and Representatives in Congress, specifically in Florida. For your convenience, we have a readymade template on our website to contact them.
To further support us in continuing to fight for billfish and associated species at the national and international levels, make a donation to our foundation and become a member of TBF. Your contribution is imperative in ensuring we continue to be a voice for these fish, the sportfishing community, and for the smart policies that are so lacking for the fish we love.
Thanking you.

Sincerely,


Ellen M. Peel
President

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National Transportation Safety Board

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NTSB to Launch Mission to Recover Voyage Data Recorder
by: Dawg
2016-06-06 14:06:38

WASHINGTON — The National Transportation Safety Board will launch a mission to recover a voyage data recorder located April 26 in about 15,000 feet of water near the Bahamas.

The voyage data recorder is from the cargo ship El Faro, a U.S. flagged cargo ship that sank during Hurricane Joaquin Oct. 1, 2015. The El Faro wreckage was positively identified on Nov. 1, 2015, during the NTSB’s initial mission to locate the wreckage.

Video gained from remotely operated underwater vehicles during the initial search revealed the El Faro's navigation bridge structure and the deck below it had separated from the hull. The missing bridge structure included the mast and its base to which the voyage data recorder was mounted.

The navigation bridge was found Nov. 11, but searchers were not able to locate the mast or the VDR.

The NTSB announced Feb. 11, 2016, that it would launch a second search mission to locate the VDR and document the wreckage and debris field.

That effort succeeded in locating the VDR and completing video- and photo-documentation of the accident site. Shortly after the VDR was located, the NTSB announced that another mission to recover the VDR would be launched.

After investigators collaborated in May with scientists and deep water recovery experts, to determine how the VDR could be recovered given its proximity to nearby obstacles, the NTSB contracted with the U.S. Navy Supervisor of Salvage to assist in the recovery effort.

The naval resources participating in the recovery effort include the USNS Apache and CURV-21, a remotely operated underwater vehicle. CURV-21 is the same equipment used to locate the El Faro wreckage in November.

Investigators from the NTSB and the U.S. Coast Guard, and engineers from the U.S. Navy and Phoenix International, the operator of CURV-21, will be aboard USNS Apache when it departs in early July for the accident site near the Bahamas.

The trip to the accident site is expected to take three to four days, followed by five days on scene to recover the VDR. After the VDR is recovered and USNS Apache returns to shore, the VDR will be brought to the NTSB laboratory here, where investigators will examine the VDR and download and analyze any information it may contain.

A fact sheet on the type of recorder that was on El Faro is available at: http://go.usa.gov/cuKW9

Additional investigative updates will be issued as circumstances warrant.

NTSB’s El Faro accident investigation page: http://go.usa.gov/cuDfV

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GILL NET RESTRICTIONS: INTERNAL COASTAL WATERS
by: David_Paff
2017-10-13 12:27:41

PROCLAMATION

 

RE: GILL NET RESTRICTIONS: INTERNAL COASTAL WATERS – OPEN MANAGEMENT UNIT D1

 

 

This proclamation supersedes proclamation M-14-2017 dated September 21, 2017.  This proclamation opens Management Unit D1 to the use of gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches in accordance with the Sea Turtle ITP.

 

Braxton C. Davis, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 5:31 P.M., Monday, October 16, 2017, the following provisions shall apply to the use of gill nets south of Management Unit A (south of 35° 46.3000’ N latitude):

 

I.          AREA DESCRIPTIONS (See maps):

It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches in Internal Coastal Waters except those described below.  Areas not listed below are closed to gill nets (including trammel gill nets) with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches; except as described in Section III.; (SEE SECTION II. FOR ADDITIONAL AREA RESTRICTIONS):

  1. Management Unit B: Subunits ONLY below within the Internal Coastal Waters, bounded on the north by 35° 46.3000’ N latitude which runs approximately from the north end of Pea Island (old Coast Guard station) westerly to a point on the shore at Point Peter Canal, on the south by 34°48.2700’N latitude which runs approximately from the Club House on Core Banks westerly to a point on the shore at Davis near Marker “1”, and on the west by 76° 30.0000’W longitude.

Subunits in Management Unit B open to gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches are described below as:  Shallow Water Gill Net Restricted Areas (SGNRA1-SGNRA4), Mainland Gill Net Restricted Areas (MGNRA) and Core Sound Gill Net Restricted Areas (CGNRA); all other areas in Management Unit B are closed:

  1. SGNRA1

The area from Wainwright Island to Ocracoke Inlet bound by the following points: Beginning at a point on Core Banks at 34° 58.7963’N - 76° 10.0013’W, running northwesterly near Marker # 2CS at the mouth of Wainwright Channel at 35° 00.2780’N - 76° 12.1682’W, then running northeasterly near Marker “HL” at 35°01.5665’N - 76° 11.4277’W, then running northeasterly near Marker #1 at 35° 09.7058’N - 76° 04.7528’W, then running southeasterly to a point at Beacon Island at 35° 05.9352’N - 76° 02.7408’W, then running south to a point on the northeast corner of Portsmouth Island at 35° 03.7014’N - 76° 02.2595’W, then running southwesterly along the shore of Core Banks to the point of beginning.

  1. SGNRA2

The area from Ocracoke Inlet to Hatteras Inlet bound by the following points: Beginning at a point near Marker #7 at the mouth of Silver Lake at 35° 06.9091’ N - 75° 59.3882’ W, running north to a point at 35° 08.7925’ N - 76° 00.3627’ W near Big Foot Slough Entrance, then running easterly to a point at 35° 09.4994’ N - 75° 54.2943’ W, then running northeasterly to a point at 35° 11.9803’N - 75° 51.6396’ W, then running easterly to a point at 35° 13.4489’ N - 75° 47.5534’ W, then running southerly to just northwest of the Ocracoke/Hatteras Ferry terminal on the Ocracoke side at 35° 11.5985’ N - 75° 47.0768’ W, then southwesterly along the shore to the point of beginning.

  1. SGNRA3

The area from Hatteras to Avon Channel bound by the following points: Beginning at a point near Marker “HR” at 35° 13.3152 ’N - 75° 41.6694’ W, running northwest near Marker “42 RC” at Hatteras Channel at 35° 16.7617’ N - 75° 44.2341’ W, then running easterly to a point off Marker #2 at Cape Channel at 35° 19.0380’ N - 75° 36.2993’ W, then running northeasterly near Marker #1 at the Avon Channel Entrance at 35° 22.8212’ N - 75° 33.5984’ W, then running southeasterly near Marker #6 on Avon Channel at 35° 20.8224’ N - 75° 31.5708’ W, then running easterly near Marker #8 at 35° 20.9412’ N - 75° 30.9058’ W, then running to a point on shore at 35° 20.9562’ N - 75° 30.8472’ W, then following the shoreline in a southerly and westerly direction to the point of beginning.

  1. SGNRA4

The area from Avon Channel to Rodanthe bound by the following points: Beginning at a point near Marker #1 at the Avon Channel Entrance at 35° 22.8212’ N - 75° 33.5984’ W, then running northerly to a point on Gull Island at 35° 28.4495’ N - 75° 31.3247’ W, then running north near Marker “ICC” at 35° 35.9891’N - 75° 31.2419’ W, then running northwesterly to a point at 35° 41.0000’ N - 75° 33.8397’ W, then running easterly to a point on shore at 35° 41.0000’ N - 75° 29.3271’ W,  then  following the shoreline in a  southerly direction to a point on shore near Avon Harbor at 35° 20.9562’ N - 75° 30.8472’ W, then running westerly near Marker #8 at 35° 20.9412’ N -75° 30.9058’ W, then running westerly near Marker #6 on Avon Channel at 35° 20.8224’ N - 75° 31.5708’ W, then running northwesterly to the point of beginning.

  1. MGNRA

The area on the mainland side of Pamlico Sound, from the shoreline of Dare, Hyde, Pamlico, and Carteret counties out to 200 yards, between 76° 30.0000’ W and 75° 42.4200’ W longitude lines.

  1. CGNRA

All Internal Coastal waters south of latitude 35° 00.0000’N and north of latitude 34° 48.2700’N which runs approximately from the Club House on Core Banks westerly to a point on the shore at Davis near Marker “1”.

B.     Management Unit C:  Pamlico, Pungo, Bay and Neuse river drainages and Internal Coastal Waters of Pamlico Sound west of 76° 30.0000’ W.

C.  Management Unit D1: encompasses all estuarine waters south of 34° 48.2700’N and east

      of a line running from 34° 40.6750’N – 76° 37.0000’W to 34° 42.4800’N – 76° 37.0000’W       

      then to the head of Turner Creek, and northerly up the western shoreline of the North

                  River.  Management Unit D1 includes Southern Core Sound, Back Sound, and North                         

                  River.                                                                      

D.  Management Unit D2: all Internal Coastal Waters west of a line running from 34° 40.6750’ 

      N – 76° 37.0000’ W to 34° 42.4800’ N – 76° 37.0000’ W then to the head of Turner Creek,

      and northerly up the western shoreline of the North River; and east of the NC Hwy 58

      Bridge. Management Unit D2 includes Newport River (including the Atlantic Intracoastal

      Waterway and Harlowe Creek up to NC Hwy 101 Bridge) and Bogue Sound.

E.  Management Unit E: all internal Coastal Waters south and west of the Highway 58 Bridge 

     to the North Carolina/South Carolina state line. This includes the Atlantic Intracoastal                

                 Waterway and adjacent sounds and the New, Cape Fear, Lockwood Folly, White Oak, and 

                 Shallotte rivers.

 

 

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New England Fishery Management Council

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Codfish closed GOM till further notice
by: Capt_Rich
2015-04-14 16:06:44

April 14, 2015
MarineFisheries Advisory

Recreational Gulf of Maine Cod Fishery Closed and

Commercial Gulf of Maine Cod Trip Limit Reduced to 200 Pounds

 

 


 

 

 

The Division of Marine Fisheries (MarineFisheries) has taken emergency action to immediately reduce the commercial and recreational harvest of Gulf of Maine (GOM) cod (322 CMR 6.03):

 

·       Recreational Rule Changes

Until further notice, recreational fishermen (both private and aboard for-hire vessels) may not retain or land any cod taken from the Gulf of Maine Management Area, which includes all state-waters within Cape Cod Bay and Massachusetts Bay north to the Massachusetts/New Hampshire border. Recreational vessels may transit the GOM Management Area with cod legally harvested from outside the GOM Management Area provided all fish and gear are properly stowed and fishing activity is not occurring.

 

·       Commercial Rule Changes

Additionally, MarineFisheries has reduced the commercial trip limit for Gulf of Maine cod from 800 to 200 pounds. This trip limit applies to all state-waters commercial groundfish permit endorsement holders, as well as any federal groundfish permit holder fishing in state-waters.

 

The most recent stock assessment for Gulf of Maine cod has demonstrated that the stock was overfished with over fishing occurring. Spawning stock biomass was determined to be at 3-4% of the target. Due to these severe stock conditions, the National Marine Fisheries Service promulgated emergency regulations in the early winter of 2014 and is set to promulgate additional rules during the spring of 2015 to reduce fishing mortality and protect spawning aggregations. MarineFisheries has taken the above described actions to complement these federal rules for the 2015 fishing year (FY) that runs from May 1, 2015 thru April 30, 2016.

 

DMF will take these emergency regulations to public hearing later this spring. In addition, MarineFisheries will also take comment on final rules to adjust recreational GOM haddock fishing limits and commercial GOM groundfish closures to complement anticipated federal rule changes for FY2015.  A formal announcement of this public hearing is forth coming.

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New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

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Candidates Sought for New England Fishery Management Council
by: RPaff
2016-01-25 09:44:25

 DURHAM, N.H. -- The State of New Hampshire has been notified by the National Marine Fisheries Service of vacancies for New Hampshire’s obligatory seat and two at-large seats for the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC). New Hampshire’s obligatory seat is currently held by Ellen Goethel of New Hampshire, who is completing her first term as a Council member.

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Hurricane Jose, Maria and Lee Path (1:00pm Sept 19th)
by: David_Paff
2017-09-03 15:41:23

 

This graphic shows an approximate representation of coastal areas under a hurricane warning (red), hurricane watch (pink), tropical storm warning (blue) and tropical storm watch (yellow). The orange circle indicates the current position of the center of the tropical cyclone. The black line, when selected, and dots show the National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecast track of the center at the times indicated. The dot indicating the forecast center location will be black if the cyclone is forecast to be tropical and will be white with a black outline if the cyclone is forecast to be extratropical. If only an L is displayed, then the system is forecast to be a remnant low. The letter inside the dot indicates the NHC's forecast intensity for that time:

D: Tropical Depression – wind speed less than 39 MPH
S: Tropical Storm – wind speed between 39 MPH and 73 MPH
H: Hurricane – wind speed between 74 MPH and 110 MPH
M: Major Hurricane – wind speed greater than 110 MPH

NHC tropical cyclone forecast tracks can be in error. This forecast uncertainty is conveyed by the track forecast "cone", the solid white and stippled white areas in the graphic. The solid white area depicts the track forecast uncertainty for days 1-3 of the forecast, while the stippled area depicts the uncertainty on days 4-5. Historical data indicate that the entire 5-day path of the center of the tropical cyclone will remain within the cone about 60-70% of the time. To form the cone, a set of imaginary circles are placed along the forecast track at the 12, 24, 36, 48, 72, 96, and 120 h positions, where the size of each circle is set so that it encloses 67% of the previous five years official forecast errors. The cone is then formed by smoothly connecting the area swept out by the set of circles.

 

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Atlantic Bluefin Tuna General Category Fishery: NMFS Transfers 156.4 mt...
by: David_Paff
2017-10-01 10:53:38

 

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna General Category Fishery:  NMFS Transfers 156.4 mt from the Reserve Category to the General Category for 2017

 

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) adjusts the General category Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) quota by transferring 156.4 mt from the Reserve category to account for overharvests of the January, June through August, and September subquotas.  The allocated subquotas for October through November and for December are 60.7 mt and 8 mt, respectively. This action is intended to preserve the opportunity for General category fishermen to participate in the October through November and December General category fisheries to the extent that transferrable quota is available.  This action is also intended to provide a reasonable opportunity to harvest the U.S. BFT quota without exceeding it, while maintaining an equitable distribution of fishing opportunities; help achieve optimum yield in the BFT fishery; and collect a broad range of data for stock monitoring purposes.  NMFS takes this action after considering the regulatory determination criteria regarding inseason adjustments, which involve considerations about, among other things, available quota, fishery performance in recent years, the anticipated availability of BFT on the fishing grounds, the effects of the adjustment on the BFT stock and on accomplishing the objectives of the 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan and amendments.


Preliminary landings data as of September 22, 2017, indicate that the General category has landed 596 mt this year, which exceeds the overall General category quota of 506.7 mt.  NMFS closed the General category fishery when the September subquota (123.7 mt) was met, effective September 17, 2017.  Without a quota transfer at this time, the October through November and December General category subquotas would not be available to General category participants because the entire General category quota of 506.7 mt has been reached and exceeded.  Therefore, NMFS adjusts the General category quota to 663.1 mt for the 2017 General category fishing season (i.e., through December 31, 2017, or until the General category quota is reached, whichever comes first), and adjusts the Reserve category quota to 0 mt.  NMFS reminds General category participants that when the fishery reopens October 1, 2017, the BFT General category daily retention limit will be one large medium or giant BFT (measuring 73” or greater) per vessel per day/trip.


Who is Affected?


This action applies only to Atlantic tunas General category (commercial) permitted vessels.  NMFS will continue to monitor the BFT fisheries closely.  Dealers are required to submit landing reports within 24 hours of a dealer receiving BFT.  Late reporting by dealers compromises NMFS’ ability to timely implement actions such as quota and retention limit adjustment, as well as closures, and may result in enforcement actions.  General and HMS Charter/Headboat category vessel owners are required to report the catch of all BFT retained or discarded dead within 24 hours of the landing(s) or end of each trip, by accessing by accessing hmspermits.noaa.gov or by using the HMS Catch Reporting App.  Depending on fishing effort and catch rates, NMFS may determine that additional adjustment or closure is necessary to ensure available subquotas are not exceeded or to enhance scientific data collection from, and fishing opportunities in, all geographic areas.

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Marine Fisheries Commission Nominating Committee meeting set
by: David_Paff
2017-09-28 20:18:59

Marine Fisheries Commission Nominating Committee meeting set
 
MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Nominating Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Oct. 4 at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Headquarters, 3441 Arendell St., Morehead City.
 
The committee will consider and select candidates for nomination to at-large seats on the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.
 
A full agenda can be found here.
 
For more information, contact Nancy Fish in the Marine Fisheries Commission office at 252-808-8021 or Nancy.Fish@ncdenr.gov.

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Commercial seafood landings increased last year
by: Dawg
2016-06-21 18:25:46

MOREHEAD CITY – Mild weather allowed North Carolina’s commercial fishermen to work into late autumn and early winter in 2015, resulting in more seafood caught and sold for the second year in a row.

 Commercial fishermen sold 66 million pounds of finfish and shellfish to seafood dealers last year, 6.8 percent more than in 2014 and higher than the five-year average of 60.5 million pounds. The dockside value of these landings rose 10.7 percent to an estimated $104 million, topping the five-year average annual value of $84.2 million.

 Most notable among 2015 commercial fishing statistics were increases in shrimp and hard crab landings during the latter months of the year.

 Shrimp landings increased by 94 percent in 2015 to 9.1 million pounds, the highest since 2008. Shrimp landings in 2015 had an estimated ex-vessel value (fisherman sale to fish house) of $16.8 million, a 19 percent increase over 2014.

 The effects of milder weather can be seen in late-season landings and in fishing effort. November 2015 shrimp landings increased by 307 percent from November 2014, and December 2015 shrimp landings were 10 times the amount of the previous year. The number of shrimp trawl fishing trips taken in December 2015 increased by 642 percent compared to 2014.

 Hard blue crab landings increased by 23 percent to 31 million pounds. With an estimated ex-vessel value of $29.5 million, hard blue crab remained atop the list of the state’s commercial marine fisheries annual rankings in both pounds caught and sold and dockside value.

 Milder weather also impacted late season landings and fishing effort for crab. November 2015 crab landings increased by 198 percent from 2014, and December 2015 landings were 387 percent higher than in 2014. The number of crab pot fishing trips taken in December 2015 increased by 150 percent and resulted in December landings 386.5 percent higher than in 2014.

 With the exception of shrimp and crabs, the remaining species in the top five species landed were lower in 2015 than in 2014. Spiny dogfish landings dropped 25 percent to 4.2 million pounds; summer flounder dropped 1 percent to 2.9 million pounds; and Atlantic croaker dropped 31 percent to 1.8 million pounds.

 The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries collects commercial fishing landings statistics through legislatively-mandated reporting of all fisherman to dealer transactions. The Trip Ticket Program began in 1994.

 For a full landings report, click on the 2015 Annual Fisheries Bulletin link at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/marine-fisheries-catch-statistics.2

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Staten Island Company Executive Arrested for Environmental Cover-Up Soil Mechani
by: David_Paff
2017-01-20 12:21:48

 An 18-month investigation by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) and the Richmond County District Attorney's office has led to the arrest of a company vice president who police say falsified documents concerning a gasoline-contaminated remediation project on Staten Island.


Vincent Nantista, lead engineer and vice president of Soil Mechanics Drilling Corp., was arrested Wednesday and charged in Richmond County Criminal Court with 11 counts of falsifying business records in the 1st degree and eight counts of offering a false instrument for filing in the 1st degree, all Class E felony charges.

Nantista entered a plea of not guilty and was released on his own recognizance.

"When companies put profits above safety, it jeopardizes the health of our environment and communities," DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said. "I applaud the work of our investigators and the Richmond County District Attorney Michael E. McMahon and his staff in aggressively pursuing this case, which sends a strong message to other companies trying to cheat our environmental laws."

"This defendant is alleged to have filed false reports to impede NYS DEC's assessment of contaminated soil in the ground," District Attorney Michael E. McMahon said. "These actions are both a betrayal of public trust and potentially harmful to the environment and the people of Staten Island. I commend DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos for thoroughly investigating this matter and the professionalism his team has exhibited while working in partnership with our ADAs."

The investigation began in June of 2015 when staff from DEC's Region 2 Division of Environmental Remediation noticed a possible false filing of reports concerning an ongoing cleanup project on Staten Island.

Soil Mechanics, a certified remediation company, was cleaning up a site of a former gas station at 900 Hylan Blvd. that had, in prior years, caused significant gasoline contamination to the soil and surrounding groundwater. A multi-million dollar construction project was planned for the site, and as part of the cleanup, Soil Mechanics staff were tasked with monitoring wells and bailing them of any gasoline present. After several years of remediation, contamination remained.

Investigators allege that the professional engineer in charge of the project, Nantista, grew frustrated with the slow process and, in attempt to speed up the project, began to alter monitoring data gathered by the company's field technicians.

DEC remediation staff and investigators from the Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigation (BECI) unit visited the site and confirmed that the contamination was still present.

Nantista allegedly submitted false final reports to DEC that misrepresented the size and extent of the gasoline to make it appear the site was clean. DEC investigators set up surveillance on the site, and hours before a final inspection several employees were observed removing gasoline from the wells so they would pass.

BECI investigators and the Richmond County District Attorney's Office obtained search warrants, one for Soil Mechanics Environmental Services, 3770 Merrick Road, Seaford, and another at Soil Mechanics Environmental Services, 245A Broadway, Amityville, and seized all materials related to the remediation project.

A year-long review of the seized materials led to the charges, which carry fines of up to $95,000 and imprisonment of up to four years.

Nantista is scheduled to appear in Richmond County Court on March 8 to face the charges.

If you witness an environmental crime, contact the NYSDEC 24-hour Poacher and Polluter hotline at 1-844-DEC-ECOS (1-844-332-3267).

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OSU/NOAA study: Warm-water years are tough on juvenile salmon
by: Mel
2016-01-02 10:30:51

 NEWPORT, Ore. – A new analysis of juvenile Chinook salmon in the Pacific Ocean documents a dramatic difference in their foraging habits and overall health between years of warm water and those when the water is colder.

 

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Antis pushing Obama for more canyon sanctuaries
by: Capt_Rich
2016-10-07 18:31:14

Recreational Fishing Alliance 
Contact:  Jim Donofrio/ 1 888 564-6732
 
   
For Immediate Release
October 7, 2016
New Gretna, NJ -  On the heels of the Obama Administration creating a near 5,000 square mile national marine monument in New England, several campaigns have materialized in the past week that propose to nominate extremely popular recreational fishing areas in the Mid-Atlantic region through the National Marine Sanctuaries Act.  The areas in question include the Hudson, Wilmington and Baltimore Canyons which are arguably the best offshore fishing grounds along the Atlantic coast.  Anyone who fishes offshore, runs an offshore tournament, sells or manufactures offshore fishing gear, boats or equipment should be extremely concerned about this organized crusade to create marine sanctuaries off the Atlantic coast. 
 
The proposed Hudson Canyon marine sanctuary nomination is being pushed by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), a non-profit based out of New York City. WCS is both privately and state/federally funded.  With over $253 million in revenue in 2014 and $746 million in assets, the WCS is an ENGO powerhouse.  As per its IRS 990 returns, the WCS does grassroots lobbying campaigns on federal legislation dealing with conservation.  It also advocates for funding for zoos.  The proposed Wilmington and Baltimore canyon nominations are being pushed by the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD.  Similar to WCS, the National Aquarium has hundreds of millions in assets and several associated foundations and entities that it uses to promote conservation of aquatic resources and other priorities.
 
This flurry of sanctuary nominations is in direct response to NOAA revising the sanctuary nomination process back in 2014 to encourage more organizations and community-based campaigns to nominate areas.   A review of the public comments submitted to the agency's proposed changes for the sanctuaries nomination process back in the spring of 2014 illustrates the massive push by the environmental industry to implement changes to the nomination process.  Of the over 18,000 comments, the majority are from individuals who were clearly just clicking a button to a electronic campaign created by the environmental industry.  This appears to be a well planned and timed effort to coincide with the current administration's final months in office and its political appointee heading the Department of Commerce.  
 
The problem with the National Marine Sanctuaries law is that there are no guarantees that fishing will be allowed to continue regardless of what the entity doing the nominating promises.  The Act includes vague language that could apply to just about any activity.   Section 1431 et seq, section 306 (Prohibited Activities) states that it is unlawful for any person to -(1) destroy, cause the loss of, or injure any sanctuary resource managed under law or regulations for that sanctuary:  If you then refer to the definition section of the Act, Sec. 302(8), a sanctuary resource is defined as any living or nonliving resource of a national marine sanctuary that contributes to the conservation, recreational, ecological, historical, educational, cultural, archaeological, scientific, or aesthetic value of the sanctuary.  Section 306 of the law coupled with the definition for natural resource clearly indicates that a recreational angler injuring a fish through catch and release could be considered a prohibited act. More importantly, these sections clearly give Sanctuary management statutory authority over fishing. 
 
Additionally, sections 311(b-c) allow the Secretary of Commerce to enter into agreements with nonprofits to solicit private donations and to accept donations to carry out the purposes and policies of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act.  Considering the budget and assets available to many of the national environmental organizations, like the WCS, it's clear that non-profits can have an inordinate amount of influence on sanctuary management. 

"One only needs to look to our unfortunate friends on the west coast and how the partnership between the State of California and the Packard Foundation to fund the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) worked out for fishermen," explained Jim Donofrio, Executive Director.  "This is a dangerous situation."  
 
RFA will be working with federal and state legislators organizing a strong, grassroots opposition to these proposals.  In addition, RFA will work to develop a long-term solution that affords recreational fishermen legal protection from marine sanctuary designations.

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by: Capt_Rich
2016-06-06 20:47:24

New York Wind Energy Area Updates

 

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) published a Proposed Sale Notice (PSN) for Commercial Leasing for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf Offshore New York in the Federal Register today, June 6, 2016. The 60-day public comment period for the PSN begins today and will end on August 5, 2016. You can find the PSN in the Federal Register here. Comments can be submitted electronically through the regulations.gov website.” Comments may also be submitted in written form (delivered by mail) enclosed in an envelope labeled, “Comments on New York PSN” to: BOEM Office of Renewable Energy Programs, 45600 Woodland Road, VAM-OREP, Sterling, Virginia 20166.

 

On Thursday June 2nd, the Department of the Interior issued a press release stating the dates of BOEM’s upcoming meetings with the public regarding the New York Wind Energy Area’s Environmental Assessment. The Rhode Island meeting will be held from 6-8 PM on June 23rd at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (Hazard Rooms A & B). Please refer to the BOEM New York Environmental Assessment Public Meetings webpage for the times and locations of meetings in New Jersey, and New York.

 

The Rhode Island meeting date and the two New York meetings overlap with the June New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) meeting in Portland, Maine. During the first day of the NEFMC meeting (June 21st) at 11 AM, BOEM biologist Brian Hooker will present an update on the status of offshore wind leasing in the Atlantic and the comment periods for site assessment and site characterization activities proposed for offshore New York. If you cannot attend in person and are interested in listening to the NEFMC meeting via webinar, you may register to do so at the following link.

 

Brian Hooker will also be presenting an overview on BOEM’s renewable energy activities at the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council Meeting on June 14th, 2016; his talk is scheduled from 2:30-3:30 PM. Follow this link for online access to the meeting.

 

Please contact Julia Livermore, Marine Resource Impact Assessment Fisheries Specialist, with any questions at 401-423-1937 or Julia.livermore@dem.ri.gov.

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REEF CAST APP COMING SOON!
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2017-04-11 12:57:13

 

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Three Orangeburg Men Sentenced for Killing Hawks at South Carolina Hunting Prese
by: Capt_Dave
2016-06-08 07:00:57

Three Orangeburg Men Sentenced for Killing Hawks at South Carolina Hunting
Preserve

*Columbia, South Carolina *---- United States Attorney William N. Nettles
stated today that three Orangeburg men, Charles Williams, age 66, John
Dantzler, age 66, and Jimmie Aiken, age 57, and Alejandro Renteria Noyola,
age 56, were sentenced today by United States Magistrate Judge Shiva
Hodges, sitting in Charleston, South Carolina.  The defendants entered
guilty pleas to offenses involving the unlawful trapping and killing of
migratory birds at Willcreek, a 1,790-acre tract of land in Orangeburg
County owned by Willcreek LLC.  Charles Williams, the registered agent for
Willcreek LLC, pled guilty to 7 counts of killing Red-tailed or Cooper’s
Hawks during 2013 and 2014; the remaining defendants were each named in a
single count. Trapping and killing hawks without a permit is a violation of
the Migratory Bird Treaty Act under Title 16, United States Code, Section
703, and carried a maximum prison term of six months and a fine of up to
$15,000, or both, for each count of conviction.

Judge Hodges fined Williams $75,000, imposed 50 hours of community service
at a birds-of-prey center, and banned him from hunting for a year.  Aiken
and Dantzler were each fined $1,000 and were also banned from hunting for a
year.

Luis Santiago, Special Agent-in-Charge, Southeast Region, U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service said of today’s plea and sentencing: “This case is an
excellent example of the cooperative investigative efforts between the
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Fish &
Wildlife Service, and each agency’s strong commitment to investigate
violations of wildlife laws. Migratory birds are a trust responsibility of
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We greatly appreciate our state and
local partners in law enforcement, and the support of the U.S. Attorney's
Office in prosecuting those who violate federal wildlife laws and holding
them accountable for their actions. The plea and sentencing today is a
success in our collective efforts to conserve migratory birds and other
wildlife.”

Mr. Nettles stated, “The statute and the indictment in this case recognize
that these majestic birds-of-prey are an important link in our ecosystem.
Killing these hawks in order to improve sporting conditions for weekend
hunters is not only unsportsman-like, it is illegal and comes at the cost
of our wildlife resources.  The Court’s imposition of a substantial fine is
in line with the seriousness of the offense and defendants’ cruel treatment
of the birds-of-prey they killed.”

The case was investigated by agents of the United States Fish and Wildlife
Service Office of Law Enforcement and the South Carolina Department of
Natural Resources.  The investigation began in November of 2013 based on a
tip from the DNR Operation Game Thief Hotline and culminated with the
execution of a search warrant at Willcreek on February 21, 2014.  During
the course of the investigation, agents seized more than thirty raptor
carcasses from Willcreek.

Assistant United States Attorney Eric Klumb of the Charleston office
prosecuted the case.

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Snapper Grouper Amendment 36
by: David_Paff
2017-07-13 11:18:05

Proposed actions: The amendment contains actions to identify and protect spawning sites/aggregations for snapper grouper species and designate these areas as Spawning Special Management Zones (SMZs). Five areas were selected and include:

    South Cape Lookout (5 square miles)(NC),
    Devil’s Hole/Georgetown Hole (3.1 square miles)(SC),
    Area 51 (2.99 square miles)(SC),
    Area 53 site (2.99 square miles)(SC), and
    Warsaw Hole (4 square mile)(FL).

Other items in the amendment include,

    Fishing for and/or possessing snapper grouper species in these Spawning SMZs will be prohibited.
    Revision to the boundary of the Charleston Deep Reef MPA,
    Measures to address transit and anchoring provisions within newly designated Spawning SMZs.
    A 10-year sunset provision whereby the Spawning SMZs designation would be discontinued unless spawning were documented is included, and a framework provision to reauthorize the Spawning SMZs is also included.
    The amendment includes a System Management Plan (SMP) to specify the outreach, law enforcement, and monitoring/research projects necessary to effectively monitor and evaluate the Spawning SMZs.

Amendment Status: Secretarial Approval

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Licenses Now On Sale
by: David_Paff
2017-08-15 16:36:15

New 2017-2018 hunting and fishing licenses are now on sale! All current year Texas hunting and fishing licenses (except year-to-date fishing licenses) expire Aug. 31.

Every year, more than 2.4 million hunting and fishing licenses are issued through the agency’s 28 field offices, more than 50 state parks, at over 1,700 retailers across the state and online at www.tpwd.texas.gov/buy. All revenue generated from hunting and fishing license fees pays for conservation efforts and recreational opportunities that help make Texas one of the best places in the country to hunt and fish. Fish stocking, wildlife management, habitat restoration, public hunting leases, river access permits and Texas Game Wardens are just some of the initiatives funded in part by license fees.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Federal Agencies Announce Availability of Sea Turtle Five-year Status Reviews
by: Dawg
2007-09-03 10:12:54

Federal Agencies Announce Availability of Sea Turtle Five-year Status Reviews


   The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries
   Service (Agencies) jointly announced today the completion and
   availability of six five-year status reviews for federally listed sea
   turtles: Olive ridley sea turtle; Kemp’s ridley sea turtle; Leatherback
   sea turtle; Green sea turtle; Hawksbill sea turtle; and Loggerhead sea
   turtle.

   Both agencies share jurisdiction for federally listed sea turtles and
   jointly conducted the reviews.

   After reviewing all of the best scientific and commercially available
   information and data, the agencies’ biologists recommended that the
   current listing classification for the six sea turtle species remain
   unchanged.

   The past decade has seen many technological advances, a diversity of
   research, and completion of numerous on the ground recovery efforts for
   sea turtles through work done by FWS, NMFS, and dedicated sea turtle
   conservation partners in the U.S and many other countries.  This has
   allowed us to better understand the biology of these six sea turtles and
   in some areas improve protection and conservation measures where they
   are showing improvement.  Refer to each five-year review for examples
   and more information on accomplishments and work that is ongoing or
   still must be undertaken to recover the world's sea turtles.

   The five-year reviews and a list of Frequently Asked Questions are
   available online at
http://www.fws.gov/northflorida or may be requested
   by email to
seaturtles@fws.gov, by fax at 904-232-2404, by mail at U.S.
   Fish and Wildlife Service, Attn: Sea Turtle Five-year Reviews, 6620
   Southpoint Drive South, Suite 310, Jacksonville, FL 32216-0958, or by
   telephone at 904/232-2580.  Please include your name and street mailing
   address in your request. E-mail requests will receive an automated
   response confirming receipt of your request.

   NOAA Fisheries Service is dedicated to protecting and preserving our
   nation’s living marine resources and their habitat through scientific
   research, management and enforcement. NOAA Fisheries Service provides
   effective stewardship of these resources for the benefit of the nation,
   supporting coastal communities that depend upon them, and helping to
   provide safe and healthy seafood to consumers and recreational
   opportunities for the American public. To learn more about NOAA
   Fisheries Service, please visit:
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov.

   The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency
   responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife,
   plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American
   people. Visit the Service’s website at
http://www.fws.gov.

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US Corps of Engineers

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Shallow-draft Inlet Meeting
by: Capt_Dave
2012-08-06 01:10:17

Shallow-draft Inlet Meeting

 

The Wilmington District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will conduct a Shallow-draft Inlet Meeting at 2:00 pm on Tuesday August 7, 2012.  The meeting will be held at Pearsall Memorial Presbyterian Church located at 3902 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28403.

 

We will be discussing all project issues for the following five (5) shallow-draft inlets:

 

          1.  Bogue Inlet

          2.  New River Inlet

          3.  New Topsail Inlet

          4.  Carolina Beach Inlet

          5.  Lockwoods Folly Inlet

 

The purpose of the meeting is to inform the users of current project conditions, project funding, and talk about our plans for future work.  This meeting will serve as a forum for navigation beneficiaries to get a better understanding of our dredging program.  Feel free to pass this invite to any project stakeholders that I may have missed. If you have any questions, please give me a call.

Thanks,

 

Bob Keistler

 

 

Robert (Bob) W. Keistler, PE

Project Manager

USACE - Wilmington District

69 Darlington Avenue

Wilmington, NC 28403

 

Telephone:  (910) 251-4709

Email: robert.w.keistler@saw02.usace.army.mil

 

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USCG 11th District

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Coast Guard urges mariners to prepare, exercise caution during forecasted heavy
by: David_Paff
2017-01-08 12:11:15



SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard urges boaters and beachgoers Friday to exercise caution in and around the waters along the Northern California coast due to forecasted weather conditions through the weekend. 

The National Weather Service is expecting cold temperatures, rain, high winds and heavy seas to affect the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Owners of small crafts (skiffs, kayaks, paddleboards, etc.) are strongly encouraged to properly secure them and ensure they are marked with identifying information in the event they break free.

Small craft advisories have been issued along the coasts of Monterey County and San Mateo County. The National Weather Service forecast can be found here. 

The Coast Guard reminds the public to remain vigilant and avoid going near low-lying beaches and other coastal areas including jetties and rocky areas during heavy weather. Large waves can quickly and unexpectedly sweep a person into cold and turbulent waters.

The Coast Guard also recommends that mariners always:

• Stay informed and aware of weather conditions and monitor the progress and strength of currents through local television, radio and internet. Check the current and expected weather and water conditions before heading out.

• File a float plan with a family member or friend, which includes information about the boat, the number of passengers aboard, the destination of where the vessel will be operating and an expected time of return.

• Have a working marine-band radio and use VHF-FM channel 16 in the event of an emergency.

• Wear a life jacket.

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USCG 13th District

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COAST GUARD RESCUES 2 NEAR PORT ANGELES, WASH.
by: RPaff
2016-03-04 10:54:18

 SEATTLE — A Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Port Angeles rescued two people from a 49-foot sailboat beset by weather about one mile east of the New Dungeness Lighthouse, Tuesday afternoon.

A 40-year-old man and 26-year-old woman, both wearing life jackets and reportedly exhibiting signs of seasickness and hypothermia, were transferred to EMS at John Wayne Marina in Port Angeles at about 12:50 p.m.

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USCG 1st Distrist

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Building Bright Futures in Boston
by: David_Paff
2017-01-11 11:18:56

 In addition to patrolling the waters in and around Boston, local Coast Guard members are bringing their nautical expertise ashore for a new, special mission in the city’s Seaport District.


Walking into the Community Boat Building center is an instant escape from the city. The smell of newly sanded wood introduces the bright workspace filled with unfinished rowboats, neatly organized tools, and busy children using noisy power drills.

The boat building program supplements a typical 5th grade curriculum and allows Boston Public School students to build life-sized, seaworthy wooden rowboats. So seaworthy, that come each spring, a party is held to launch their boats into the water to enjoy over the summer.

“A lot of the kids we work with are from low income families and don’t have the same kinds of experiential opportunities their wealthier peers may have,” said Stockton Reece, executive director of the boat building program. “The Coast Guard’s involvement is fantastic because even though many of our students have grown up just miles from the ocean, they do not know anything about boats or what it means to be on the water.”

Petty Officer 2nd Class Lindsey Cole, who coordinated the Coast Guard’s involvement with the program, said volunteers come from both Coast Guard Station Boston and the First Coast Guard District Staff.

“We have members who work in the wood shop to help prepare materials and build boats, and we have Station Boston crewmembers who use their response boats to teach students boating and water safety, either at the schools on a trailer, or in the water at the station and district moorings,” said Cole.

Cole said she values the partnership because it allows Coast Guard members an opportunity to offer a significant and positive impact on the lives of Boston youth – and as a bonus, reach a demographic of children who may not have any exposure to boating or water safety.

The hands-on program was founded in 2007 when John Rowse, a 5th grade teacher, was looking for a different way to teach his students. Inspired by his own love for woodworking, Rowse helped his class build a wooden boat in the school’s hallway − and quickly found his students engaged in a way they had not been while sitting at their desks.

Now, nearly a decade later, the Community Boat Building team works with every 5th grade student at Young Achievers School in Mattapan and The Harvard Kent School in Charlestown, two of Boston’s neighborhoods.


The Coast Guard’s involvement came in early 2016 when Cole saw an opportunity for her service to contribute to a maritime-related educational program.

According to Reece, building a boat provides an educational experience not often found in a classroom.

“Kids who struggle with abstract learning, like doing fractions on a sheet of paper, can really measure and see dimensions and fractions come to life as create their own boats from scratch,” said Reece.

The 11-day process to design and complete each boat grows spatial reasoning ability, builds confidence, encourages teamwork, and helps kids focus in class because they see tangible results in what they are learning.

Reece said an important piece to the program’s success is that there is no selectivity. Every 5th grader in participating schools receives the opportunity to build a boat, regardless of the student’s academic success or behavior in the classroom.

“Coast Guard members serve as great role models here for our kids,” said Reece. “They provide great physical help in actually building the boats, but they also offer leadership and experience to the kids.”

The encouragement Coast Guard volunteers offer to the young community members builds inspiration and excitement, Reece said. He explained how working with the Coast Guard opens the students’ eyes to a new world because the kids get to learn about service, immerse in some of Boston’s rich maritime heritage, and discover they can learn a trade and how to work with their hands.

“There is something about being able to manipulate the world around you,” said Reece. “Our kids are often in situations where they don’t feel like they are in control of their environment. Here, they can control it and build it into something.”

The program’s overall goal is to close the achievement gap in Boston. Since its founding, more than 1,000 students have benefitted from the program on Boston’s waterfront.

“In addition to the relevant knowledge they learn throughout the program, working hand-in-hand with the Coast Guard gives students confidence to actually go out on the boats they created,” said Cole. “Our hope is this will grow their self-confidence in other aspects of their lives.”

This is truly a win-win all around, Cole said.

Protecting the nation’s shores and saving people in distress on the water is the root of Coast Guard service, but serving the community with a unique, educational maritime project is now another truly special mission.

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Coast Guard assists 2 on vessel taking on water near Portsmouth, VA
by: David_Paff
2017-10-13 12:20:21

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard assisted two people aboard a vessel taking on water early this morning near the West Norfolk Bridge in Portsmouth.

Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Command Center in Portsmouth received notification at about 1:10 a.m. that a 30-foot vessel with two people aboard was taking on water near the east side of the West Norfolk Bridge.

A Coast Guard 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew launched from Station Portsmouth and  arrived on scene. The vessel's bilge pumps were working but the engines would not start up. 

The Station Portsmouth crew towed the vessel to City Park Boat Ramp in Portsmouth where the vessel was safely trailored.

“This case demonstrates how having a working radio or charged cellphone is vital for contacting the Coast Guard when an emergency happens,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Marks, Station Portsmouth coxswain for the case. “We encourage all mariners to file a float plan and inspect all their gear before getting underway.” 

No injuries or pollution were reported. 

 

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USCG 7th District

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Coast Guard rescues 2 people, a dog from grounded vessel near Cowpens Cut
by: David_Paff
2017-08-15 16:33:12


MIAMI — The Coast Guard rescued two people from a grounded 21-foot recreational boat near Islamorada, Monday.

At approximately 8:33 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West Command Center received a report of two red flares in the vicinity of Cowpens Cut. The watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Islamorada 33-foot Special Purpose Craft — Law Enforcement boatcrew.

“These boaters properly used their flares by shooting one flare and then waiting before shooting the second,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard Rivas, a coxswain with Station Islamorada. “Boaters are reminded that even though it is the Coast Guard’s minimum requirements to carry only three flares, we highly recommend having spares and conserving flares until an appropriate time. We also recommend mariners carry additional visual distress signals, have their boats equipped with VHF radios, and position indicating radio beacons when boating at all times, day or night.”

The rescue crew arrived on scene at approximately 9:15 p.m. and safely transferred the individuals and their dog from the grounded boat. They were transferred to Tavernier Creek Marina with no reported injuries.



 

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USCG 8th District

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COAST GUARD RESCUES TWO FROM VESSEL TAKING ON WATER
by: RPaff
2016-03-04 10:15:47

 NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard rescued two people from a boat taking on water near Lafitte, Louisiana, Thursday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans were notified by Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office of a boat taking on water at 6:30 p.m. Watchstanders directed an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans to the location of the vessel in distress.

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KESHENA
by: Dawg
2006-03-09 12:37:29

KESHENA

U.S. TUG BOAT

Propulsion: Fuel/Oil - Electric Motor

Type: Tug - Tender & Recovery

Tonnage: 427 Gross Tons

Length: 147 Feet

Width: 27 Feet

Armament: Unarmed

 

Remarks:

On wednesday July 15th, 1942 convoy KS 520 is attacked by the U-576, the U-boat drives the convoy into a nearby allied minefield after firing and hitting 3 merchant vessels with torpedoes. One of those vessels was the Panamanian freighter J.A. Mowinkel which had sustained both torpedo and mine damage during the assault but remained afloat. Four days later the Keshena and another tug were sent to recover the Mowinkel as quickly as possible. During towing manuevers however the Keshena strikes another mine and sinks just east of Ocracoke. Two crew members are killed by the mine explosion, the rest of the crew consisting of one woman and 14 men are returned to the Ocracoke Coast Guard Station on Sunday the 19th of July.

Factoid:

During the first six monthes of 1942 U-boats sank hundreds of merchant vessels off the coast of the United States, more than eighty of these ships sank off North Carolina. Due to the geographic location of the outer barrier islands, U-boats could easily escape retaliation by fleeing to nearby deep waters after attacking allied ships. This made places like Cape Lookout shoals and Diamond shoals ideal haunts for marauding subs, slow moving freighters and tankers were easy targets and no match for the German "Wolfpacks".

The coastal waters became so dangerous that Captains referred to our coast as "Torpedo Junction" and dreaded having to travel past our shoals. Ships could burn for weeks at a time and cause many hazards to other ships passing by, including both merchant and military vessels. In response to this increasing aggression by the Germans, the U.S. Navy engaged in offensive and defensive measures to mitigate attacks. Ships and planes were used to conduct escort, patrols and search & destroy missions to defend against U-boats. Merchant ships would be grouped with light cruisers and destroyers in convoys designed to help protect them from enemy attacks and allow them to deliver the much needed cargo to aid the war effort.

Coast Guard crew of the Cutter Spencer setting depth charges.

 

 

GPS:

Lat: N 34 59.950 Lon: W 75 45.820

Depth of wreck: 84'

Data written and compiled by BluewaterBandit

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