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NOAA Fisheries Invites Comments to Update Recreational Fisheries Policy

Comments will be accepted online through December 31, 2022, as well as during webinars and in-person meetings.
Fishermen catching white marlin off boat White marlin. Photo courtesy of Mike Winn.

Actions to Address Findings of the 2022 National Recreational Fisheries Summit

NOAA Fisheries is undertaking an extensive public review of the 2015 National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy and many other projects to address input received at the 2022 National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Summit.
July 14, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Woman in red shirt holding caught cobia, with water in the background. Rosemary White with a cobia. Credit: Daryn White.

National Fishing and Boating Week 2022

Join us in celebrating our nation's love for fishing and boating during National Fishing and Boating Week. All year round, marine recreational fishing is a cherished American pastime and draws millions of anglers to support our coastal communities.
June 05, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Graphic of people fishing off a boat, with a woman angler catching a marlin who is jumping out of the water

NOAA Fisheries Celebrates National Fishing and Boating Week 2022

Join us in celebrating the many ways we collaborate with and support the fishing community.
June 05, 2022 - Leadership Message ,
Mahi on line Mahi. Photo courtesy of J. John Simione.

Fishing Memories: Meet Scott Rumsey, Acting Regional Administrator for NOAA Fisheries West Coast

In honor of National Fishing and Boating Week, we spoke with Scott Rumsey, the Deputy Regional Administrator and current Acting Regional Administrator for NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region. He shared fond memories and favorite fishing experiences.
June 03, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Scott Rumsey holds his catch Scott Rumsey, Acting Regional Administrator for NOAA Fisheries West Coast, holds his catch. Photo courtesy of Scott Rumsey.

Fishing Smart around Essential Fish Habitats in the Southeast

Top tips for safe fishing in coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangrove forests.
June 03, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Fishermen out for a trip in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Fishermen out for a trip in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Credit: Nick Zachar/NOAA

Gulf Reef Fish Anglers: Help Reef Fish Survive Release with Free Gear

Have you caught and released reef fish, only to see them float away on the surface? The Return 'Em Right project is now providing recreational anglers Gulf-wide with the knowledge and tools—for free—to improve reef fish survival.
May 10, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Person on a boat wearing a Return Em Right tee shirt Return 'Em Right provides support and resources to anglers committed to using best release practices and helping reef fish survive release. Credit: Return 'Em Right.

2022 Recreational Fisheries Summit Brings Together Fishing Community to Focus on Key Issues

Participants discussed climate change, ocean uses, recreational data and management at the 2-day summit.
May 02, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Massive tarpon release Massive tarpon release. Credit: J. Cassidy

2021 NOAA's Favorite Catch Photo Contest Winner Is In!

Chosen from 1,200 entries, the winner receives a fishing trip in the Florida Keys courtesy of Bonnier Corporation.
April 13, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Woman holds caught mahi mahi aboard boat with water in the background Photo contest winner Captain Barbara Evans with a great mahi mahi. Credit: B. Evans.