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Frequently Asked Questions for Release Protocols for Endangered Species Act (ESA)-listed sea turtles and smalltooth sawfish

Protocol for Federally-Permitted Commercial and For-hire Vessels in the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish and South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Fisheries. Updated 05/2019

Approved Models and Equipment for Careful Release of Sea Turtles Caught in Gulf Reef Fish Fishery

Information to help fishermen comply with sea turtle release requirements contained in regulations published in the Federal Register [84 FR 22383] on May 17, 2019 for the Gulf of Mexico.
May 21, 2019 -

Spatial distribution and dive behavior of Gulf of Mexico Bryde's whales: potential risk of vessel strikes and fisheries interactions

Bryde’s whales Balaenoptera edeni are the only resident baleen whale species in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM), where they are extremely rare, have a restricted distribution, and represent a unique evolutionary lineage. The reasons for the restricted
May 15, 2019 - Peer-Reviewed Research ,

Amendment 18: Modifying the Shrimp Effort Threshold

This action would adjust the target reduction goal for juvenile red snapper mortality in the federal Gulf of Mexico shrimp trawl fishery in the 10-30 fathom depth zone, and would modify the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan management measures

Longline Pot Gear for the Gulf of Alaska Sablefish IFQ Fishery: Frequently Asked Questions

Summary of regulations governing the use of longline pot gear in the sablefish individual fishing quota (IFQ) fishery in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This Small Entity Compliance Guide satisfies the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996

Fishermen and Scientists Work Together to Reduce Shark Bycatch in Hawai'i

Teaming up to study endangered oceanic whitetip and silky sharks off the coast of Hawai‘i Island.
November 01, 2018 - Research ,
Melanie Hutchinson and fisherman Rick Reger watch the sun come up after a long night of fishing.

Hawaiian Monk Seal With Several Ingested Hooks Returned to Wild

NOAA Fisheries calls on shoreline fishermen to help prevent monk seal hookings.
October 19, 2018 - Feature Story ,
A fisherman demonstrates responsible fishing by keeping his line up until the seal swims away

Sea Turtle Interactions in the Hawaiʻi Shallow-set Longline Fishery

A summary of current and historical fishery interactions with leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles.

New Tool Helps Fisheries Avoid Protected Species In Near Real Time

Learn more about EcoCast—a dynamic ocean management tool that aims to minimize fisheries bycatch and maximize fisheries target catch in near real time.
May 31, 2018 - Feature Story ,
Swordfish. Credit: Shutterstock/Joe Flynn.

Nearshore Fisheries and Interactions with Hawaiian Monk Seals

Learn best practices for reducing injuries to monk seals when spearfishing, shorecasting, and gillnet fishing.