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Biscayne National Park drops fishing-ban proposal

Biscayne National Park dropped a controversial proposal to ban fishing across nearly 16 square miles of coral reef after vigorous opposition from anglers and members of Congress. The park, which encompasses southern Biscayne Bay, had proposed a no-fishing zone to help coral reefs recover from decades of heavy fishing that had devastated snapper, grouper, lobster…more

NOAA tests app for Android tablets

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is testing MyNOAACharts, a new mobile app that allows users to download NOAA nautical charts and editions of the U.S. Coast Pilot. The app, which is only designed for Android tablets for the testing period, will be released today, NOAA announced. MyNOAACharts, which can be used on land and…more

Senate passes dredging bill

Dredging projects critical to navigation, one of several political priorities for the industry, took a step forward Wednesday when the U.S. Senate passed the Water Resources Development Act by a vote of 83-14. “The passage of the Water Resources Development Act today brings much-needed reforms to harbor maintenance funding,” Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation…more

Obama administration releases ocean policy plan

The Obama administration released this week its final plan for translating the National Ocean Policy into action. The plan focuses on improving coordination to speed federal permitting decisions; better managing ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources; developing and disseminating scientific information that local communities, industries and decision-makers can use; and collaborating more effectively with state,…more

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

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