New App Helps Anglers Know Where NOT to Go
A free mobile app called FishAlerts! allows users to view their current location relative to all marine protected areas. Through a grant from the Ernest F. Hollings Ocean Awareness Trust Fund, FishAlerts! is expanding its capability to add layers of state and federal regulations, such as size and catch limits. The app aims to be a one-stop-shop for anglers.
NOAA Seeks Input for Saltwater Rec Fishing Policy
Next week, NOAA Fisheries will begin a series of public town hall meetings to collect input on the creation of a new National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy for NOAA. The policy will help institutionalize NOAA’s commitment to recreational fisheries and guide decision-making. Follow our progress and share your thoughts online.
New Recreational Fisheries Working Group Members
On May 14, NOAA appointed 17 new members to its Recreational Fisheries Working Group. Representing marine recreational fishing interests across the nation, including the U.S. territories, these appointees will help both the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) and NOAA Fisheries. The working group will help develop a National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy (see previous entry).
Implementing Legislation for International Fisheries Treaties Submitted to Congress
The Obama Administration submitted to Congress implementing legislation for three international fisheries treaties that would enable U.S. participation in two new regional fisheries management organizations in the North and South Pacific Ocean and support a revised mandate in the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization. These treaties will strengthen our ability to advance U.S. fishing interests and promote sustainable fisheries management overseas.
Sam Rauch Talks Aquaculture with Diane Rehm
Yesterday, NOAA Fisheries’ Sam Rauch, the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, joined the Diane Rehm Show with three other guests to discuss new efforts to meet the growing world demand for sustainable seafood.
Notifying Mariners Helps Lower Ships Speeds in Areas with Endangered Right Whales
A recent study found that NOAA’s policy of notifying-but not necessarily citing-speeding vessels in protected areas along the East Coast was effective in lowering ship speeds through the sensitive areas. The lower speeds protect the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale from ship collisions, while notifications keep punitive fines to a minimum.
NOAA Fisheries announced its intention to prepare an environmental assessment for Amendment 6 to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan. The assessment, tentatively planned for September, would outline the potential effects of proposed actions on the human environment.