Public Comment on the G.U.L.F. RFM Scheme Open

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Audubon G.U.L.F. is developing a Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification that is “a credible, practical, cost-effective, and transparent approach to fisheries certification. This certification allows companies to demonstrate the responsible practices of the seafood they source.”  Fisheries in the program are Louisiana blue crab and Louisiana oyster. They are taking…

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Enhancements to Login Procedure for Catch Shares Online System

red snapper

KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries has simplified the login procedure for the catch share online system. The catch share online system is home to the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) programs for commercial Red Snapper and Grouper-Tilefish as well as the Bluefin Tuna Individual Bycatch Quota (BFT) program. Users no longer have…

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LA Shrimp Season to Close In Remaining Inside Waters on July 24

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2017 spring inshore shrimp season will close on Monday, July 24 at 6 p.m. in Lake Pontchartrain, Chef Menteur and Rigolets passes, Lake Borgne, and the Louisiana portion of Mississippi Sound. With this action, all state inside waters will be closed…

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NOAA Fisheries: Gulf Shrimp Fishery to Re-Open off Texas on July 15

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WHAT/WHEN: NOAA Fisheries announces federal waters from 9 to 200 nautical miles off Texas will open to shrimp trawling at 30 minutes after official sunset, local time, on July 15, 2017, corresponding to the time Texas opens its waters to shrimp trawling. WHY THIS IS HAPPENING: The waters off Texas are…

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LA Shrimp Season to Close July 14 in Majority of Inside Waters

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2017 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 14 from the Louisiana/Mississippi state line westward to the eastern shore of the Mississippi River and from Freshwater Bayou canal westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line except for…

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LDWF Clarifies Commercial Shad Regulations

Photo of a typical landscape of the Atchafalaya River Basin

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to clarify regulations pertaining to the commercial shad fishery. Recent questions raised during the June Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting indicated that a portion of the 2017 commercial fishing pamphlet may cause confusion regarding commercial shad harvest regulations. Although similar,…

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Commerce Dept Announces 2017 GOM Fishery Mgmt Council Appointments

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The Secretary of Commerce recently announced the appointment of three members to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.  The Council looks forward to welcoming the following appointees on August 11, 2017. Mr. Phillip Dyskow of Florida will join the Council for his first term.  He served as the former…

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Greater Amberjack Commercial Season to Close

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2017 commercial fishing season for greater amberjack in Louisiana state waters will close today, June 20 at 12:01 a.m. Current landings data indicate the 2017 Gulf of Mexico commercial quota of 394,740 pounds will be harvested by June 20. The National…

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