FishNews – June 22, 2016 – Gulf Sea Turtle Recovery, Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants, Proposal to Rebuild Pacific Bluefin Tuna, and More


June 23 

Last day of New England Fishery Management Council meeting in Portland, Maine.

June 23-28

Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Tacoma, Washington.

June 28-30

Caribbean Fishery Management Council meeting in St. Croix, 

U.S. Virgin Islands.

June 29

Wrap-up of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s June meeting, conducted via webinar.

July 8 and 13

Two free Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshop in Texas and New York.

July 12-21

Two public meetings in Texas and three in Louisiana regarding the proposed expansion of Flower Garden Banks National Marine


July 28

Free Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.



July 15

Deadline for abstracts and early registration for the 

6th International Billfish Symposium.

August 16

Proposals due for 2016 Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency grants



Visit for a list of only those actions open for public comment. Scroll search for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


For a list of all daily actions, check the Federal Register online.


The Road to Restoration for Sea Turtles

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico took a serious toll on the five species of sea turtle found there, and NOAA Fisheries researchers have worked to estimate the scope of the harm. Learn more about early restoration projects undertaken to help sea turtles and our longer-term plans to recover their populations.


NOAA Seeks Proposals for Coastal Resiliency Projects

NOAA announced the availability of up to $8.5 million in funding for coastal and marine habitat restoration in 2016. Through the Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency grant program, NOAA seeks proposals for habitat restoration projects that will reduce the risks to coastal communities from extreme weather events, changing environmental conditions, or the effects of climate change. Proposals are due August 16.


CHOW 2016: Panels Dove Deep Into Fisheries

This year’s Capitol Hill Ocean Week discussions were heavy on fisheries and technology. From global tracking and enforcement technologies, to electronic monitoring, to technological advances in marine aquaculture, the speakers were compelling and the discussions informative. Find them archived on


Chinook Bycatch Amendment – Open for Comment

By July 18, please submit your comments on proposed regulations implementing Amendment 103 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska. If approved, the amendment would allow NOAA Fisheries to reapportion unused Chinook salmon prohibited species catch among specific trawl sectors in the Central and Western Gulf of Alaska.


U.S. Proposes Framework to Rebuild Pacific Bluefin

At the upcoming Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission meeting, the United States will propose to continue catch limits on Pacific bluefin tuna in the eastern Pacific for another 2 years, in line with scientists’ recommendations. The United States also plans to propose a long-term framework for rebuilding the overfished stock.

Juvenile Rockfish and Ecosystem Survey Begins 

Researchers from the Northwest Fisheries Science Center embarked this month on the annual Juvenile Rockfish and California Current ecosystem survey. The measurements taken will contribute to a 20-year time series. Read the latest news from the survey on the NWFSC’s blog.


Scientists Measure Algal Toxins in Washington State

NOAA Fisheries scientists and other NOAA and Washington State partners launched a 4-month effort to monitor shellfish and water quality weekly at six locations around Puget Sound and on the Pacific coast. The team plans to measure concentrations of marine algae and associated toxins, which can accumulate in shellfish and cause human illness.

Pacific Islands

Respect Our Sea Turtles – It’s Nesting Season in Hawaii

Summer is sea turtle nesting season on Hawaii beaches. NOAA Fisheries, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Hawaii Department of Land and Water Resources ask both locals and visitors to respect sea turtles. Keep a safe distance, use wildlife-friendly lighting in coastal areas, don’t drive on the beach, and report any sightings of turtles in distress.


NOAA Ship Hi’ialakai Returns from Successful Mission

During their 27-day mission in April and May, scientists on board NOAA Ship Hi’ialakai successfully met multiple mission goals. The ship delivered field teams from the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program and Marine Turtle Research Program to their 4.5-month deployments on remote islands. Researchers released seven rehabilitated Hawaiian monk seals back into the wild in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.


By August 1, please submit your comments on a draft environmental impact statement for Amendment 37 to the South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Fishery Management Plan. NOAA Fisheries proposes managing hogfish in the South Atlantic as two populations. The southern population would require a rebuilding plan, and the status of the northern population is unknown.South Atlantic Hogfish – Open Public for Comment


South Atlantic Council Addresses Red Snapper

During the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s June meeting in Cocoa Beach, Florida, members considered management options for red snapper. They also scheduled public hearings in August to collect feedback on proposed Atlantic cobia and mutton snapper management actions.

Greater Atlantic

This is the time of year when leatherback, loggerhead, green, and Kemp’s ridley sea turtles return to northern waters. If you see a sea turtle beached or otherwise in distress, please report it to our hotline. Read more about our Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Stranding and Disentanglement Program and how to respond to protected species in distress.See a Tangled Turtle? Call Our Hotline


Spiny Dogfish Measures – Open for Public Comment

By July 7, please submit your comments on proposed catch limits, commercial quotas, and possession limits for the spiny dogfish fishery for the 2016-2018 fishing years.


Atlantic Herring Measures – Open for Public Comment

By July 21, please submit your comments on proposed management measures for the Atlantic herring fishery for the 2016-2018 fishing years. Based on the results of the most recent stock assessment, the proposed catch limits are slightly lower than current levels. Also proposed are increased catch cap limits for river herring and American shad.

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