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Sustainable Fisheries

  • Today's Fresh Catch—Invasive Snakehead - Jul 7: Learn more about one aquatic invasive species—northern snakehead—and how two fishermen are leading a grassroots movement to control the spread of this species.
  • 2014 Fishery Management Council Appointments - Jun 26: The U.S. Commerce Department today announced the appointment members to the eight regional fishery management councils that partner with NOAA Fisheries to manage ocean fish stocks.
  • National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy - Jun 13: NOAA Fisheries is holding public town hall meetings and accepting online comments to collect input on the creation of a new National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy.
  • Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2014 - Jun 10: Watch our new video to learn how NOAA puts actionable environmental information into the hands of people who need it.
  • Sustainable Fishing and the Bering Sea Canyons - Jun 5: Should the Bering Sea canyons be closed to fishing to protect sensitive habitats? Here are a few frequently asked questions about the science and the decision-making.
  • Consensus Reached on Ways to Assist Fishermen - May 28: States reach consensus on plans to distribute New England groundfish disaster funds.
  • NOAA Reports Show Strong Continued Improvements - Apr 29: Two new NOAA reports show strong economic gains from fishing and continued improvement in fish stocks.
  • Renewed Passage: Buzzards Bay to Acushnet River - April 24: NOAA Fisheries and its partners installed a "nature-like" fishway on the Acushnet River in Massachusetts to improve habitat and help migrating herring access prime spawning grounds.
  • Restoring Fisheries Through Habitat Restoration - April 17: Habitat conservation is one of the best ways to recover commercially and recreationally important fish populations. See how it's done in our new video.
  • MAFAC Seafood Certification Recommendations - Mar 18: In mid-2012, NOAA Fisheries asked MAFAC to explore the creation of a NOAA certification mark or other acknowledgement that could certify sustainability of domestic wild-caught and aquaculture fishery products.
  • Regional Recreational Fisheries Action Agenda - Mar 5: NOAA Fisheries releases the 2014-2015 regional recreational fisheries action agenda.
  • Fish Stock Climate Vulnerability Assessment - Mar 4: NOAA Fisheries has developed the first methodology of its kind to rapidly assess the vulnerability of U.S. marine fish stocks to changing climate and ocean conditions.
  • New Process to Help Prioritize Stock Assessments - Feb 20: NOAA Fisheries has prepared a system to help enhance the transparency and standardization with which each science center and fishery management council prioritizes fish stock assessments.
  • Climate and Fish Sticks - Jul 24: Learn more about the connection between a changing climate and Alaska pollock, the primary fish stick fish.
  • Long Live the King - Jan 7: To ensure a sustainable fishery, scientists are studying how red king crabs respond to a changing environment.
  • What's Happening to Our Coastal Wetlands? - Nov 21: The U.S. is losing wetland habitat at a rate of 7 football fields an hour. Learn more about wetland loss in the new report by NOAA and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
  • NOAA Social Scientists Dig into Sandy's Effects - Nov 20: NOAA social scientists dig into Sandy's long term effects on coastal fishing communities.
  • Marine Aquaculture: A Promising Future - Nov 7: Marine aquaculture creates new opportunities for commercial fishermen who are beginning to look to aquaculture as a complement to their fishing activities.
  • Our Annual Statistical Yearbook for U.S. Fisheries - Oct 30: Today, NOAA Fisheries releases Fisheries of the U.S., 2012. Continuing our rich scientific tradition, this is a statistical yearbook filled with facts and figures about our domestic fisheries.
  • Science Confirms Swordfish Abundance - Oct 31: A new 2013 international stock assessment confirms North Atlantic swordfish remains sustainable; resulting in a higher catch levels in U.S. waters.
  • Get to Know Your Seafood From Ocean to Plate - Oct 29: Get to know your seafood from ocean to plate. Our video explores the journey your seafood makes to get to your plate.
  • The Great American Surfclam - Oct 28: Surfclams support a multimillion-dollar fishery along the East Coast and are the most important commercial clam species harvested in our waters. Find out what makes the surfclam fishery a model of sustainability.
  • Efforts to Support and Streamline Seafood Trade - Oct 28: NOAA Fisheries’ National Seafood Inspection Laboratory (NSIL) in Pascagoula, Mississippi, plays a critical role in streamlining seafood trade in and out of the United States. Find out how NOAA Fisheries supports seafood trade.
  • The Case of the Giant Oarfish - Oct 24: Listen to this fascinating interview with Dr. Russ Vetter, one of the NOAA biologists who necropsied the giant oarfish that washed up last week in California.
  • New Survey Identifies What Anglers Care Most About - Oct 24: What matters most to saltwater recreational anglers? Results from a new NOAA Fisheries survey aim to begin answering that question.
  • NOAA Awards $36 Million for Coastal Restoration - Oct 23: NOAA is awarding $36 million for more than 40 coastal habitat restoration projects across the United States. These projects will restore up to 16,000 acres of habitat, and open nearly 400 stream miles for fish passage.
  • Dig In—National Seafood Month - Oct 23: We're shining a national spotlight on the important role the seafood supply chain plays from the coast to the heartland and back again. In the U.S., sustainability is our standard, which makes us a global model.
  • Protecting Our Seafood and Marine Resources - Oct 21: An essential part of our U.S. sustainable fisheries management approach is ensuring that commercial fishermen are knowledgeable of catch regulations and requirements, and that they are in compliance with these laws.
  • NOAA Fisheries Announces New West Coast Region - Oct 21: NOAA Fisheries announces new West Coast Region—Northwest Region and Southwest Region unite to protect marine resources West Coast-wide.
  • Behind the Scenes: A Fisheries Research Expedition - Oct 18: NOAA scientists conduct fish surveys all along U.S. coasts. The data from these surveys are used to set sustainable catch limits, ensuring we can enjoy a healthy supply of seafood now and in the future. Get a first hand look at a fish survey.
  • Sustainable Seafood—A U.S. Success Story - Oct 18: The U.S. is a recognized global leader in responsibly managed fisheries and sustainable seafood. Watch this video to learn more about sustainability and how NOAA helps ensure our seafood is caught and farmed responsibly.
  • Fine Cooking on the High Seas - Oct 17: What does a chef aboard the NOAA research ship Oregon II feed a crew of 30 hungry seamen and scientists? Learn what seafood dishes chef Walter Coghlan likes to make the crew.
  • Meet Our Senior Science Advisors - Sept 26: Advanced science and technology is fundamental to NOAA Fisheries’ mission to protect our nation’s living marine resources. Meet our senior science advisors.
  • NOAA Expert Honored for Stock Assessment Work - Sept 26: The American Fisheries Society honored Richard D. Methot Jr., Ph.D. with the 2013 Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award, an award for outstanding contributions to the conservation of fishery resources.
  • Rauch Testifies at Seafood Certification Hearing - Sept 24: Today NOAA Fisheries Acting Assistant Administrator Sam Rauch testified at the Senate Commerce Committee's hearing on "The Role of Certification in Rewarding Sustainable Fishing” at 10:30 EST.
  • Back in Black: Black Sea Bass Stock is Rebuilt - Sept 20: The southern stock of black sea bass has been successfully rebuilt and annual catch limits will now more than double.
  • Funding Innovation in Bycatch Reduction - Sept 19: Through its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program, NOAA Fisheries recently funded 16 projects focused on the research and development of innovative approaches for reducing bycatch.
  • Fighting For Global Sustainable Fisheries - Sept 17: Pacific countries tackle illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, and work to promote sustainable fisheries in the Coral Triangle region.
  • New Report Summarizes Climate Change Impacts - Aug 27: According to the 2013 National Climate Assessment, the nation’s valuable ocean ecosystems and marine resources are already being impacted by a changing climate.
  • NOAA Fisheries Opens New La Jolla Laboratory - Aug 26: NOAA Fisheries opens its new La Jolla Laboratory, its most technologically-advanced and environmentally friendly marine science research facility in the United States, on August 27th. Credit: Vern Elmore.
  • Sockeye Return to Washington's Yakima Basin - Aug 16: One hundred years. That’s how long it’s been since native sockeye populations inhabited the lakes of the Yakima Basin—until now. Photo Credit: Yakama Nation.
  • Hooked on Sharks - Aug 10: Can a special type of hook called a circle hook help vulnerable shark populations to recover? Scientists and fishermen team up to find out.
  • Shattering Shark Myths - Aug 8: Can you tell shark myth from fact? Better check this list out.
  • The Science Behind: A Shortfin Mako's Last Meal - Aug 6: Peer into a shark's stomach along with a NOAA Fisheries scientist and see what was on the menu for its last meal.
  • The Science Behind: Ageing a Shark - Aug 6: What does ageing the backbone of a shark entail? Catch NOAA Fisheries shark scientist Lisa Natanson in action.
  • 50 Years of Shark Research...and Counting - Aug 6: The Apex Predators turns 50 this year. Coastal surveys and cooperative tagging programs by federal fisheries scientists have contributed significantly to current knowledge of many shark species.
  • Shark Facts—Bite Off More Than You Can Chew - Aug 2: You already know sharks are fascinating creatures, but did you know...
  • Crabs in the Lab - Jul 17: Located on Near Island in Kodiak, Alaska, the Kodiak Fisheries Research Center is often referred to as the “top crab lab in the country,” and is the primary facility for the AFSC’s Shellfish Assessment Program.
  • Shark Conservation in the U.S. and Abroad - Jul 15: A closer look at how NOAA Fisheries is leading the way in the conservation and management of shark populations domestically and internationally.
  • Working Together for a Sustainable Crab Fishery - Jun 25: The Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program funds research on solutions to bycatch-related problems. Learn more about ongoing research in Oregon's Dungeness crab fishery.
  • Learn the “ABCs of Stock Assessment” - Jun 24: Watch our new sketch animation video, which tackles the often-misunderstood topic of stock assessments. Learn more about how we balance data and uncertainty in our approach to stock assessments.
  • Keeping An Eye On Pollock - Jun 10: Scientists and fishermen work together to understand how walleye pollock respond to a changing environment. This photo shows Dutch Harbor, Alaska, home to the Bering Sea walleye pollock fleet. Credit: NOAA
  • Our Science at Sea - Jun 5: Our data comes from many sources, but two critical sources of fishery-dependent data are observers and electronic monitoring. Take a look at our science at sea.
  • A Fisheries Observer with a Passion for Her Work - Jun 5: Fisheries observers, like fishermen, work hard at a job they believe in—making sure the nation’s seafood supply is sustainable.
  • NOAA Supports Unfettered Access for River Herring - May 30: Recently, the legislation to open fish passage on the St. Croix River for river herring became law. This photo is of an underwater school of herring in the St. Croix River. Credit: Ben Gahagan, CTDEEP.
  • Vets Restore Endangered Salmon Habitat - May 22: Our new video highlights military veterans working to restore endangered salmon habitat in California, a NOAA-funded pilot project in partnership with the California Conservation Corps and California's Department of Fish and Game.
  • NOAA Fisheries Launches New Rec Fishing Website - May 7: Explore recreational fishing information and resources, and learn how NOAA is working to support recreational fishermen.
  • Report to Congress on the Status of U.S. Fisheries - May 2: In 2012, six stocks were declared rebuilt and the number of stocks on the overfishing list was at an all-time low.
  • Funds Support Innovation in U.S. Fisheries - April 30: Today the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announces grant awards for its Fisheries Innovation Fund to support sustainable fisheries in the U.S.
  • Results of the Recent Hake Survey Are In - Apr 24: Last year, NOAA scientists and West Coast fishermen collaborated to reduce uncertainty in the Pacific hake fishery, improving near-term outlook for fishermen while protecting long-term availability of the fish.
  • How NOAA Observes Our Changing Earth - Apr 22: NOAA uses a variety of observational resources to gain more information about our evolving planet, including satellites, ships, planes, buoys, and on-the-ground scientists to provide data to better understand, and ultimately preserve, our earth.
  • New Video—From Gravel Pits to Salmon Habitat - Apr 15: California is looking at an innovative restoration method: reclaiming abandoned gravel pits as habitat for salmon.
  • NOAA Releases Recreational Fishing Report for 2012 - Apr 2: Recreational fishing is part of our nation's history, and we continue to improve upon this great tradition. A new report, "Recreational Fishing Year in Review" highlights accomplishments and goals for U.S. recreational fishing.
  • New Video Introduces Consumers to FishWatch - Mar 27: Our newest video introduces consumers to FishWatch.gov which provides easy-to-understand, science-based facts to help users make smart, sustainable seafood choices.
  • A New Structure for Observer Programs in Alaska - Mar 27: New regulations governing how observers are deployed into the fisheries of Alaska will increase the statistical reliability of data collected by the program, address cost inequality among fishery participants, and expand observer coverage.
  • License to Krill: A Story About an Ecosystem - Mar 25: Antarctic krill are considered the greatest under-tapped biological resource in the ocean today. As humans increasingly turn to the oceans for food, we must be careful to not undermine the marine food chain.
  • Congressional Hearing Held on Fisheries Management - Mar 19: Eric Schwaab will be testifying on behalf of NOAA at a Congressional hearing today entitled “Developments and Opportunities in U.S. Fisheries Management."
  • Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Efforts Underway - Nov 14: Learn more about our current and on-going efforts to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act, which sets standards for conservation, management, and sustainable use of our nation’s fisheries resources. 
  • NOAA Scientists Focus Research on Skate Nurseries - Mar 11: NOAA scientists will be keeping a closer eye on six skate nursery sites in the Bering Sea, following final action by members of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council at the February meeting in Portland, Oregon.
  • Fisheries Economics Report Released - Mar 7: U.S. commercial and recreational fishing supported 1.7 million full and part-time jobs in fishing across the broader economy in 2011, and generated $199 billion in sales impacts and contributed $88 billion to Gross Domestic Product.
  • Catching Up With Catch Shares - Mar 4: A new fishery management program on the west coast gives fishermen greater flexibility and gives overfished species a break.
  • Managing Our Nation's Fisheries 3 - Jan 31: This May, Managing Our Nation’s Fisheries 3 brings together members of fishing, conservation, and science and management communities to discuss challenges facing our nation's fisheries.
  • New Marine Fishery Allocation Report Posted - Jan 29: A new report commissioned by NOAA Fisheries, Marine Fishery Allocation Issues, has been posted online. A national stakeholder call is planned.
  • Mark Twinam Fishes for Sharks Off Florida Coast - Jan 15: Mark Twinam fishes for large coastal sharks like hammerhead, lemon, and bull sharks in the Gulf of Mexico. Twinam is one of several fishermen helping NOAA research sharks in exchange for landing and selling a small quota of sandbar sharks.  
  • Managing Our Nation's Fisheries 3 - Jan 14: This May, Managing Our Nation’s Fisheries 3 brings together members of fishing, conservation, and science and management communities to discuss challenges facing our nation's fisheries.
  • Draft Climate Assessment Report for Public Review - Jan 14: For more on potential climate change impacts on U.S. oceans and ocean resources, including fisheries, marine protected species, and habitats, read the U.S. National Climate Assessment report, now available for public comment.
  • Bob Dooley Fishes for Whiting off the West Coast - Dec 3: Bob Dooley fishes for Bering Sea pollock, Pacific cod, West Coast whiting, and dungeness crabs. In this photo, a fisherman hauls pollock onto the Pacific Prince, one of Dooley's vessels.
  • Fishery Data, On the Double - Nov 26: Collaboration between NOAA and the fishing industry allows for more efficient and accurate data collection in two valuable Pacific fisheries—hake and sardine.
  • Advancing Designs for Innovative Fish Passage - Nov 27: To facilitate fish passage in Washington's Baker River, NOAA Fisheries engineers worked closely with Puget Sound Energy to design an innovative fish passage system.
  • Moving Forward, Protecting Our Marine Resources - Nov 8: NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement confronts crimes against marine mammals, smuggling operations, international conspiracies and local fraud every day to protect our nation's living marine resources.
  • Meet a Fourth Generation Fisherman from Maine - Nov 7: Meet Terry Alexander, a fourth generation fisherman from Harpswell, Maine, who is collaborating with other fishermen, scientists, and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute to help revive redfish fishing.
  • Taking a Closer Look at Redfish - Nov 7: Check out our new redfish seafood profile on FishWatch.
  • Putting Local Fish Back On Our Plates - Nov 7: The Gulf Maine Research Institute has a new project called "Out of the Blue" which helps introduce lesser-known seafood to stagnant palates, while getting the market to demand this seafood.
  • Teacher At Sea Dishes on Pollock Acoustic Survey - Oct 17: Like fish sticks? Teacher at Sea Johanna Mendillo saw a lot of the fish stick fish helping NOAA scientists study Alaska pollock on the NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson.
  • Making Sense of Fish Stock Assessment Models - Oct 10: How do we make sure our nation's fisheries are sustainable and productive? It starts with fish stock assessment modeling—combining data to evaluate fish stock health necessary to inform fisheries management decisions.
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  • New Proposal to Protect Oceanic Whitetip Sharks - Oct 9: The United States co-sponsors a proposal to add oceanic whitetip sharks to Appendix II of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
  • New Research: Climate Impacts on Marine Predators - Sept 24: What happens when marine animals at the top of the food chain start to feel the impacts of climate change? This week Nature Climate Change features the results of research led by NOAA Fisheries scientist Elliott Hazen.
  • New Video—Exploring U.S. Aquaculture - Sept 20: What's aquaculture like in the United States? Watch this video to find out.
  • Scientists Develop Alternative Aquaculture Feeds - Sept 20: Researchers from NOAA and the US Department of Agriculture have been working on sustainable ingredients for fish feed. A report released this month, The Future of Aquafeeds, details their progress.
  • Statistical Report Card for U.S. Fisheries Posted - Sept 19: Wondering about the state of U.S. fisheries? NOAA Fisheries' annual report gives you the breakdown.
  • Leadership Highlights U.S. Fisheries Statistics - Sept 19: NOAA Fisheries posts a statistical yearbook, Fisheries of the U.S., 2011, filled with facts and figures about our domestic fisheries from 2011.
  • NOAA Finds Record Highs in Sea Surface Temperature - Sept 18: NOAA reports sea surface temperatures along the Northeast Continental Shelf were the highest ever recorded during the first six months of 2012.
  • The Science Behind What Sharks Eat - Sept 14: Scientists examine the stomach contents of shortfin mako, blue, and common thresher sharks to identify differences in foraging preferences across species and better understand impacts of environmental conditions based on these differences.
  • Disaster Determinations for Commercial Fisheries - Sept 13: Today, Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank issued disaster determinations for commercial fishery failures in the Northeast, Alaska, and in Mississippi.
  • Teacher at Sea Studies the Science Behind Sharks - Sept 11: Teacher at Sea Steven Frantz shares highlights of his scientific cruise studying sharks and snappers on the 300th research mission of NOAA Ship Oregon II.
  • Funding Innovative Research to Reduce Bycatch - Aug 29: Through the Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program, NOAA Fisheries provides funds critical to key researchers and fishermen for the research and development of innovative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch.
  • Restoration Turns Landfill into Productive Wetland - Aug 29: The Lincoln Park restoration project in Jersey City, New Jersey turned a once-barren landfill into a functioning wetland, teeming with fish, birds, and other wildlife.
  • Bering Sea Skates Are Key To Alaska's Ecosystems - Aug 28: NOAA scientists propose six areas in the eastern Bering Sea as habitat areas of particular concern (HAPCs) for skates. Skates are important indicators of the health of Alaska's ecosystems.
  • New Survey Tool Shows Juvenile Scallop Abundance - Aug 24: NOAA researchers have seen high numbers of young sea scallops in Mid-Atlantic using the newest version of the HabCam, dubbed "the Seahorse" for its spiny profile. The tool gives a comprehensive view of the ocean floor.
  • Marine Aquaculture Critical to Seafood Supply - Aug 21: Fostering the development of marine aquaculture helps to supply safe seafood for people, support domestic wild fisheries, preserve and rebuild threatened and endangered species, and restore marine habitat.
  • Understanding the Elusive Giant Pacific Octopus - Aug 17: Just when you thought it was going to be another shark, we'll throw you an octopus. At NOAA Fisheries, every week isn't just Shark Week, it's also Octopus Week.
  • Twitter #SharkChat @NOAALive with Shark Scientist - Aug 16: NOAA shark scientist Trey Driggers will answer questions live on Twitter this Thursday, August 16, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Trey conducts research on all kinds of sharks.
  • Circle Hooks: The Preferred Thresher Catcher? - Aug 15: NOAA scientists, anglers, and other institutions observe how thresher sharks are caught and released in Southern California—the key to long term conservation of the common thresher shark.
  • Sawfish—Cousins of the Shark - Aug 15: Sawfish have skeletons made of cartilage and shark-like bodies and gills. But during the past decade, these creatures have faced dramatic decline due to habitat loss and capture in fisheries.
  • Shark Conservation in Our Global Oceans - Aug 14: Through international cooperation and state-of-the art technology, NOAA Fisheries is conducting joint research with Uruguay’s fisheries agency that is critical to inform international conservation and management decisions for pelagic sharks.
  • Shark Mythbusters - Aug 13: Can you tell shark myth from fact? Better check this list out.
  • Dive into the Deep End of Shark Conservation - Aug 13: A closer look at how NOAA Fisheries works to conserve and manage shark populations domestically and internationally.
  • Shark Feature Stories - Aug 13: Can you tell shark myth from fact? Better check this list out.
  • Shark Tales—Adventures With A Shark Scientist - Aug 9: Ever wonder what it's like to study sharks for a living? NOAA Fisheries shark scientist Trey Driggers gives us details about his work.
  • Successful Tag Recovery from Huge Bluefin Tuna - Aug 8: NOAA scientists tagged an 8-foot, 400-pound bluefin tuna off the coast of Florida and retrieved the drifting tag at sea south of New York three months later. The data on this tag will provide rich details from the high seas adventures of one big tuna.
  • New Technology Helps Predict Harmful Algal Blooms - Aug 8: NOAA scientists use advanced technology to predict harmful algal blooms and provide warnings to aquaculture and other businesses.
  • Gloucester Mussel Farming Project Underway - Aug 6: NOAA Fisheries provided a grant earlier this year to support a mussel farm in federal waters off the coast of Massachusetts to engage local fishermen in aquaculture.
  • Captain Brings Fishermen to Striped Bass and More - July 31: Capt. Kalil Boghdan of Hamilton, Massachusetts, brings small groups of anglers on his shallow-draft outboard vessel to fish for striped bass and bluefish off the North Shore of Massachusetts.
  • Teacher at Sea Studies Marine Protected Areas - July 30: NOAA Fisheries' Teacher at Sea Marsha Skoczek shares highlights of her research cruise studying Marine Protected Areas off the Southeast Atlantic Coast.
  • Trawl Gear Modification—Preserving Fish Habitat - July 26: NOAA Fisheries scientists work with the Alaska Seafood Cooperative and flatfish fishing industry members to modify trawl gear, maintaining catch rates while protecting bottom habitat in the Bering Sea. Photo Credit: Diana Evans.
  • Five Fish Desperate for Healthy Habitat - July 24: Healthy habitat is the foundation for abundant fisheries and marine life. What five fish are desperate for healthy habitat? Find out which ones are on the list.
  • Economic and Conservation Benefits of Catch Shares - July 19: The results from the first year of the West Coast Catch Share Program are in. Revenues are up, bycatch is down, and fishing is extended later in the season.
  • Healthy Habitat Foundation of Abundant Fisheries - July 16: At NOAA Fisheries, we are charged with taking care of our nation’s fish and living marine resources. But healthy marine life depends on healthy habitat—the places where these animals feed, grow, reproduce, and raise their young.
  • HabCam—A New Way to Survey Scallop Habitat - July 11: The Habitat Camera Mapping System snaps up to 500,000 images of the sea floor per day, taking roughly six images per second. Learn how this tool is helping provide better estimates for Atlantic sea scallops surveys without harming habitat.
  • Last Annual Catch Limit Put in Place - July 2: On June 29, 2012, a significant milestone was achieved when NOAA Fisheries approved the last Fishery Management Plan amendment putting annual catch limits and accountability measures into place.
  • National Observer Program Annual Report Released - June 25: NOAA Fisheries releases the National Observer Program Annual Peport which shares nationwide statistics about number of sea days observed, activities, accomplishments, and goals for the observer program.
  • Regional Fishery Council Appointments Announced - June 25: U.S. Commerce Department announces the appointment of 30 new and returning members to the eight regional fishery management councils that partner with NOAA's Fisheries Service to manage ocean fisheries.
  • Building a Community Supported Fisheries Network - June 4: Commercial fishermen, fishing communities, and other organizations met in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to broaden the success of community supported fishery programs.
  • Making Sense of Fish Stock Assessments - May 23: NOAA Fisheries’ scientific stock assessments are key to fisheries management. They provide high-quality information to fisheries managers on the current status of fish stocks and future trends in fisheries productivity.
  • Report to Congress on the Status of U.S. Fisheries - May 14: A record number of fish stocks are declared rebuilt in 2011, bringing us closer to our goal of turning the corner on ending overfishing.
  • NOAA Fisheries Leadership Message - May 2012 - May 14: NOAA Fisheries Acting Assistant Administrator, Sam Rauch, shares some good news on 2011 Status of the Stocks report to Congress.
  • Schwaab Addresses 6th World Fisheries Congress - May 11: Eric Schwaab delivered closing remarks at the 6th World Fisheries Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland, which examined "Sustainable Fisheries in a Changing World." More than 1,300 delegates from 65 countries attended.
  • Scalloping—A Big and Growing Business - May 7: NOAA announces scallop catch will fund 13 cooperative research projects between fishermen and NOAA scientists. Bob Keese, a scallop fisherman out of Chatham, Massachusetts, discusses harvesting sea scallops and the industry.
  • Fishermen Sell Local Catch at Farmers Markets - May 7: Meet Ann and Capt. Richard Cook of Charleston, Rhode Island, who sell locally caught, fresh seafood at farmers markets, restaurants, and through their community supported fishery program.
  • Fund Supports Sharing Fisheries Innovations - April 30: Today the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announces grant awards for its Fisheries Innovation Fund to support sustainable fisheries in the U.S.
  • Ever Wonder What a Fisheries Observer Does? - April 30: NOAA Fisheries observers are a key part to smart fisheries management. Take a look at what they do and how we use data they collect on the water.
  • Fishermen and Scientists Work Toward Common Goal - April 22: NOAA Scientists and San Diego fishermen combine expertise and innovative tools to better understand depleted groundfish in the Southern California Bight.
  • NOAA Fisheries Leadership Message - April 2012 - April 19: NOAA Fisheries Acting Assistant Administrator, Sam Rauch, highlights Earth Week at NOAA Fisheries.
  • FishSmart Workshops Help Solve Fishing Challenges - April 11: FishSmart Workshops—a proactive approach to developing techniques that reduce the mortality of fish stocks while enhancing the fishing experience.
  • Fisherman Rebuilds Business after Gulf Oil Spill - April 9: Ryan Lambert runs Cajun Fishing Adventures, a recreational fishing and hunting business in Louisiana. Learn how his business changed after the Gulf oil spill.
  • Meet a Megamouth Shark Specialist - April 4: Meet Dr. Jose Castro, a NOAA scientist recently invited to help dissect a rare megamouth shark currently on display at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Japan. Megamouths are one of the most elusive shark species on the planet.
  • Making Angler Catch Count - April 2: The Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) is changing the way we count and report what saltwater recreational fishermen are catching and how many trips they’re taking. Take a look at what improvements have been made thus far.
  • Fishermen's Wives Share Life Stories - Mar 26: “One thing I’ve given them is to teach them how to run a boat,” says Shareen Davis about her daughters. This March, as we celebrate National Women’s History Month, listen to fishermen's wives recount pivotal stories from their lives.
  • Meet Phil Harris, Black Cod Fisherman - Mar 9: This month, as part of NOAA’s Voices from the Waterfront series, we feature Phil Harris in Southern California Bight. Take a look at how this commercial fisherman delivers fresh sustainable fish to the public.
  • Restaurant Owner Dishes on Sustainability - Mar 9: Meet Laura Anderson, owner of Local Ocean Seafoods—a popular seafood restaurant on the waterfront in scenic Newport, Oregon—who shares her strong commitment to fresh, local seafood with her community and beyond.
  • Catch Limits in Place for 2012 Fishing Season - Mar 9: This statement from Eric Schwaab, Deputy Administrator for Conservation and Management, highlights how NOAA Fisheries will have all Annual Catch Limits in place for federally managed fisheries for the 2012 fishing season.
  • Good News for West Coast Groundfish Catch Shares - Feb 22: West Coast commercial groundfish fishermen saw their revenues and efficiency increase substantially during the last year under a new fishery management system known as catch shares.
  • Study: Seafood Safe After Deepwater Horizon - Feb. 8: It’s been nearly two years since the Deepwater Horizon BP Oil Spill back in 2010. Now, a new NOAA science report released this week show that Gulf seafood is safe.
  • NOAA Honors the Fishery Management Councils - Jan. 30: NOAA's Fisheries honored the fishery management councils for their role in shaping the science-based management of U.S. fisheries.
  • New Method Improves Recreational Catch Estimates - Jan 25: NOAA today announced it has begun to use an improved method to estimate the amount of fish caught by saltwater anglers, which will allow rules that fishermen follow to be based on more accurate information.
  • Final Recovery Plan Issued for Steelhead Trout - Jan. 12: NOAA Fisheries Service issued a final Recovery Plan designed to stabilize and eventually restore steelhead trout numbers in coastal streams from the Santa Maria River in Santa Barbara County south to the United States and Mexico border.
  • Schwaab: Catch Limit Milestone Now within Reach - Jan. 9: This statement from Eric Schwaab, Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries, highlights how NOAA Fisheries will have all Annual Catch Limits in place for federally managed fisheries before the start of the 2012 fishing season.
  • Year-end Interview with Eric Schwaab - Dec. 30: To end 2011, NOAA's Assistant Administrator for Fisheries pauses to reflect on his love of fishing, and to answer some of the year's most frequently asked NOAA Fisheries questions.
  • Meet Bill Dewey, Shellfish Farmer - Dec 8: This month, as part of NOAA’s Voices from the Waterfront series, we feature Bill Dewey of Taylor Shellfish Farms in Shelton, Washington.Take a look at the unique role aquaculture plays in the local culture and economy.
  • Scientists, Anglers Work to Stop Thresher Tailspin - Dec 6: The Southern California coast is hot spot for the thresher shark, a recreational fishing favorite. Now, anglers and scientists are working to save this species using better methods to reel them in.
  • Reminder: Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Regulations - Nov. 22: Recently, a New England groundfish vessel incidentally caught an 881-pound bluefin tuna in a trawl net. Find out more about how the situation was handled by NOAA and what happens when bluefin tuna is caught by accident.
  • Fishermen ‘Get Smart’ about Reducing Bycatch - Nov 17: NOAA presented the grand prize at World Wildlife Fund’s 2011 International Smart Gear Competition today in Seattle. The competition recognized three fishing devices that save lives of seabirds, fish, turtles, and other marine life.
  • Porpoise Bycatch Prevented with Proper Pinger Use - Oct. 7: The correct-use of warning systems on fishing gear in the Northeast has become increasingly important for protecting harbor porpoise, one of the region's most vulnerable marine mammals.
  • NOAA releases first national bycatch report - Sept. 22: A new NOAA report will help the agency's scientists monitor progress in reducing bycatch – the non-target fish, marine mammals, sea turtles, and seabirds caught incidentally in fishing.