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NOAA and Partners Are Helping Restore Tuna and Swordfish in the Gulf after Deepwater Horizon

Small group of pelagic longline fishing vessel owners will take a six-month voluntary repose, can continue to fish with alternative gear, improving populations and supporting supply chains.
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Examples of lures used with greenstick gear, an alternative gear option for project participants

International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas - 2017 Update

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas convened in Morocco for a week-long discussion of Atlantic highly migratory species management.
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An Atlantic bluefin tuna. Credit: Gilbert Van Ryckevorsel/TAG A Giant.

An Atlantic bluefin tuna. Credit: Gilbert Van Ryckevorsel/TAG A Giant.

NOAA Fisheries Issuance of an Exempted Fishing Permit to the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance to Retain Bluefin Tuna

NOAA Fisheries announces issuance of an exempted fishing permit (EFP) to the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance (CCCFA) to use electronic monitoring (EM) to verify authorized gear use when fishing for, retaining, and possessing bluefin tuna during a fishing trip on which unauthorized gear is also...
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NOAA Fisheries Requests Nominations for the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel

NOAA Fisheries is soliciting nominations for the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel (AP). NOAA Fisheries consults with, and considers the comments and views of the HMS AP when preparing and implementing Fishery Management Plans (FMPs) or FMP amendments for Atlantic tunas, swordfish,...

Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Regional Snapshots

From the rocky shores of New England to the warm waters of the Western Pacific, saltwater recreational fishing is integral to the social, cultural, and economic life of our nation’s coastal communities. In partnership with the regional fishery management councils, interstate fishery commissions, and...
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Adjusted 2017 Northern Albacore, North and South Atlantic Swordfish, and Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Reserve Category Quotas

NOAA Fisheries adjusts the northern albacore annual baseline quota for 2017 with available underharvest of the 2016 adjusted U.S. northern albacore quota, adjusts the North and South Atlantic swordfish baseline quotas for 2017 based on available underharvest from the 2016 adjusted U.S. quotas and international...
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NOAA Fisheries Announces A New Online System For Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Tournament Registration and Reporting

NOAA Fisheries is offering an online option to register Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) tournaments and report HMS tournament catch on the new Atlantic Tournament Registry and Reporting (ATR) System. Atlantic HMS tournament registration and reporting is important for the management of...
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Final Notice for Pelagic Longline Closed Area Research

NOAA Fisheries issues an exempted fishing permit to conduct research in the northern portion of the East Florida Coast Pelagic Longline Closed Area.
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Native Fish in Massachusetts Return After 200 Years

Native Fish in Massachusetts Return After 200 Years For the first time in at least 183 years native alewife and blueback herring are swimming upstream beyond the former Tack Factory dam. Removing this dam in Norwell, Massachusetts, restored several miles of their ideal spawning...
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7 months after dam removal Third Herring Brook welcomes back the river herring

ICCAT 2016 Meeting Takes Steps to Combat IUU Fishing, Sustainably Manage Atlantic Migratory Species

Countries from around the globe agreed to take more steps to combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing at the 20th annual meeting of International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) which recently concluded in Vilamoura, Portugal. ICCAT is an inter-governmental fisheries...
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