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The Environmental Protection Agency is an independent agency of the U.S. government that coordinates programs that aim to reduce pollution and protect the environment.

Analysis shows rebound in fish population

Many commercial fishing stocks off the U.S. coast that were depleted by decades of overfishing are returning after a 1996 law ordered catch limits in a series of “painful but necessary steps to sustain and rebuild populations,” a newly released analysis on fish populations says. The analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council shows that…more

NOAA releases annual saltwater fishing report

U.S. commercial and recreational saltwater fishing generated more than $199 billion in sales and supported 1.7 million jobs in the nation’s economy in 2011, according to a new report released by NOAA’s Fisheries Service. The report is published annually on a two-year lag to allow data collection, analysis and peer review. It provides economic statistics…more

Kentucky hosts Asian carp tournament

The two-day tournament at two Kentucky lakes that ended Wednesday was unlike any ever held in the United States. The first Asian Carp Commercial Fishing Tournament drew more than a dozen teams of anglers, all on the hunt for the invasive species of fish whose exploding population has infested lakes and tributaries all along the…more

Risk low for Asian carp entering Great Lakes in barge ballast tanks

A study conducted by the Coast Guard Research and Development Center in coordination with the Environmental Protection Agency concluded that barge ballast tanks present a minimal risk for the incidental transport and introduction of Asian carp into the waters of the Great Lakes. There has been concern that Asian carp eggs, larvae and fry contained…more

NOAA report finds communication key on fishing quotas

NOAA Fisheries released its first compilation and discussion of fisheries allocation issues. The Marine Fishery Allocation Issues report, a direct response to stakeholder concerns regarding allocation during the National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Summit, summarizes the comments received from a broad spectrum of stakeholders. The agency will host a webinar next Thursday for stakeholders interested in…more

Council passes new catch limits in New England

The New England Fishery Management Council approved a year-to-year cut of 77 percent on the Gulf of Maine cod limit and 61 percent for Georges Bank cod on Wednesday. The cuts come on top of a slew of other reductions, ranging from 10 to 71 percent, on the catch of other bottom-dwelling groundfish species, such…more

NOAA teams with U.S. Power Squadrons on coastal charts

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Power Squadrons, a non-profit organization dedicated to safe boating, will renew a 50-year commitment to a cooperative charting program that helps to update the nation’s thousands of navigational charts. Under the voluntary program, formalized by a memorandum of agreement, Power Squadrons members scan water and land…more

NOAA touts role of satellite in rescues

The NOAA weather and climate satellites that accurately tracked Hurricane Sandy’s path in October also played a key role in rescuing 263 people in 111 emergencies in the United States and surrounding waters in 2012. In addition to their role in weather prediction, the polar-orbiting and geostationary satellites are part of the international Search and…more

Maryland honors top clean marinas

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is honoring four businesses with Clean Marina of the Year awards for 2012, based on their size and services. The winners are: • Small marina: Paradise Marina, Deale • Small boatyard: Rockhold Creek Marina, Deale • Large marina: Baltimore Marine Center Lighthouse Point, Baltimore • Large boatyard: Tidewater Yacht…more

Groups seek invasive-species inspections in New York

A coalition of Adirondack Park and New York environmental groups is asking state officials to help create mandatory boat inspections for Lake George to thwart the spread of invasive species. The coalition sent a letter Monday to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens asking for action on the issue, according…more

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