Latest Fishing News
Marine Monument Designation: New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell — Restore access to process where fisheries are concernedAugust 26, 2016
Dear Director Goldfuss:
Thank you again for taking time in March to host a fisheries stakeholder meeting in New Bedford, and for meeting last week in Washington with regional fishermen and regulators to discuss the possible designation of a permanent marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean under the Antiquities Act….
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Hawaii Commercial Fishermen, Seafood Consumers Hit Again as President, Pew’s Ocean Legacy Closes Additional 442,778 Square Miles of Fishing Grounds in the U.S. Pacific IslandsAugust 26, 2016
Hawaii Commercial Fishermen, Seafood Consumers Hit Again as President, Pew’s Ocean Legacy Closes Additional 442,778 Square Miles of Fishing Grounds in the U.S. Pacific Islands HONOLULU (25 Aug. 2016) The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council today expressed its disappointment with the announcement that President Obama will expand the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to the…http://americanalbacore.com/hawaii-commercial-fishermen-seafood-consumers-hit-again-as-president-pews-ocean-legacy-closes-additional-442778-square-miles-of-fishing-grounds-in-the-u-s-pacific-islands
FishNews – August 24, 2016 – Species Recovery Grants, International Marine Mammal Bycatch, Champions of Change for Sustainable Seafood, and MoreAugust 24, 2016
HIGHLIGHTS $5.4 Million Awarded for Species Recovery Grants NOAA Issues Rule to Address International Marine Mammal Bycatch Nominations due September 9 – Champions of Change for Sustainable Seafood Saltonstall-Kennedy Grants Program Town Hall Species in the Spotlight Webinar Series NOAA Seeks Comments on the Collection of Horseshoe Crabs for Biomedical Use Final Rule to Implement…http://americanalbacore.com/fishnews-august-24-2016-species-recovery-grants-international-marine-mammal-bycatch-champions-of-change-for-sustainable-seafood-and-more
Mayors of Major East and West Coast Ports Express Concern About Possible Economic Harm from Marine Monument DesignationsAugust 24, 2016
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Procedure automation benefits tuna fishing companiesAugust 24, 2016
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Clipper Oil: Latest Fishing News – August 19, 2016August 22, 2016
By designating new national monuments, Obama recognized a diverse range of the American experienceAugust 21, 2016
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IPNLF launches online information system for Maldives pole and line fisheriesAugust 9, 2016
The International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) launched a new fishery information system (FIS) for the Maldives.
This database will allow the Maldives’ one-by-one tuna fisheries to fulfill all the latest international traceability requirements with regards to catch and vessel reporting….
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Important Vessel Notifications
Canadian Access Compliance GuideJuly 26, 2016
Clarification of Mandatory Safety Exams for Commercial Fishing VesselsOctober 27, 2015
This bulletin provides clarification about the five-year mandatory dockside safety exam that applies to many commercial fishing vessels (CFVs).
Marine safety alert: When fatigue catches upSeptember 2, 2015
This safely alert addresses a recent increase in the number of groundings on Alaskan shorelines involving uninspected commercial fishing vessels….
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National Transportation Safety Board Marine Accident BriefAugust 20, 2015
Good morning, I hope this email finds you safe and successful in whichever fishery you participate in. In addition to the below link identifying the importance of maintaining a proper lookout at all times, I want to remind everyone of the scheduled Safety Decal requirement on October 15, 2015. You can call or reply this…http://americanalbacore.com/national-transportation-safety-board-marine-accident-brief
Pending Legislation: Fisheries Off West Coast States; Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan; Revision to Prohibited Species RegulationsJune 24, 2015
Canadian Treaty – Important Information 2015 SeasonJune 13, 2015
The treaty between the governments of Canada and the United States on Pacific Albacore Tuna Vessels and Port Privileges was signed in 1981….
View treaty information (NOAA Fisheries)
EMTU/communication services are no longer approved for compliance with VMS requirements in United States federal fisheries, after September 30, 2015June 5, 2015
Today’s Federal Register includes an revision to the list of approved EMTUs – which may become important should NMFS move forward with requiring EMTUs on high seas permitted vessels. See – http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-05/pdf/2015-13675.pdf. In short, the following EMTU/communication services are no longer approved for compliance with VMS requirements in United States federal fisheries, after September 30,…http://americanalbacore.com/emtucommunication-services-are-no-longer-approved-for-compliance-with-vms-requirements-in-united-states-federal-fisheries-after-september-30-2015
Proposed Federal Rule re Revision to Prohibited Species RegulationsJune 5, 2015
This proposed rule was published in today’s federal register which will allow HMS permitted fishermen (incl Albacore fishermen) to retain Salmon and Pacific halibut, if all of the necessary regulations for those respective fisheries are followed (ie – permits, season is open, using proper gear and not in a closed area or in an area…http://americanalbacore.com/proposed-federal-rule-re-revision-to-prohibited-species-regulations