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NOAA Proposes New Measures to Combat Illegal, Unregulated, and Unreported Fishing and Forced Labor in Seafood Supply Chain

NOAA Fisheries proposed new measures to strengthen our fight against IUU fishing and to counter forced labor in the seafood supply chain. The changes, announced in a proposed rule, would address two key tools: the U.S. Moratorium Protection Act and the international Port States Measures Agreement.

Department of Commerce Announces 2022 Council Appointments

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced the appointment of 20 new and returning members to the regional fishery management councils. The councils partner with NOAA Fisheries to manage marine fishery resources.

Federal Agencies Rescind Regulatory Definition of “Habitat” Under ESA

NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will rescind a final rule, published in December 2020, which established a regulatory definition of “habitat” specific to designation of critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act. This action will allow us to better fulfill the conservation purposes of the Act.

NOAA Announces 2019 and 2020 Confirmed Large Whale Entanglement Numbers

NOAA Fisheries has released two national reports on large whale entanglements confirmed in the United States for 2019 and 2020. In 2019, there were 75 confirmed entanglements, fewer than the previous year. In 2020, the number was lower still, at 53 confirmed entanglements, but disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic may have played a role in that decrease.

Two Habitat Restoration and Coastal Resilience Funding Opportunities Open

NOAA Fisheries is announcing two funding opportunities for habitat restoration and coastal resilience, including one focused on underserved communities. Funding has been made available through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This law presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity for NOAA to continue making an impact for coastal ecosystems and communities.


Science Blog: Winter Observing on a Commercial Longline Vessel

Join fish biologist Rory Morgan as she braves the Arctic winter on a commercial longline fishing vessel and collects valuable scientific information as part of the North Pacific Observer Program. This is the fifth post in the ongoing Winter Observing on a Long-Line Vessel science blog series.

West Coast

NOAA Fisheries Announces Selection of 2022 Art + Science Fellow

NOAA Fisheries and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design selected Mickey L.D. Morgan, a visual and community practice artist and care worker, for the third Fisheries Art + Science Fellowship. The 2022 Fellowship will focus on connecting the California Coastal Office in NOAA Fisheries’ West Coast Region with communities to support recovery of seven listed salmon and steelhead species native to the coast of California.

Biological Opinion Provides Path for Nearshore Projects While Safeguarding Species

Shoreline projects in the Salish Sea can proceed under a new regulatory tool—a programmatic consultation. These streamlined consultations allow for efficient reviews that adhere to the Endangered Species Act while protecting habitat for threatened salmon and steelhead.


Framework Actions for Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper – Open for Comment

By July 28, please submit your comments on a proposed rule to implement two framework actions under the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico. Under the Catch Limits Framework, the proposed rule would increase red snapper catch limits. Within the Data Calibration Framework, the proposed rule would set private recreational red snapper annual catch limits for each Gulf state.

Black Sea Bass Exempted Fishing Permit – Open for Comment

By July 8, please submit your comments on an application for an exempted fishing permit from Sustainable Seas Technology, Inc. The applicant proposes to deploy modified black sea bass pots with Subsea Buoy Retrieval Systems in federal waters off North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and northeastern Florida.

Faces of the Southeast Fisheries Science Center

The latest interviews in this series by the Southeast Fisheries Science Center feature assistant scientist Brendan Turley, who works on the Gulf of Mexico Integrated Assessment Ecosystem program, and fishery biologist Derke Snodgrass, who helps run the Cooperative Tagging Center.

New England/Mid-Atlantic

Results of NOAA’s 2022 Northeast Sea Scallop Survey

The Atlantic sea scallop population is surveyed every summer by NOAA Fisheries and partnering research groups. Scientists and crew completed the survey areas allocated to the NOAA Fisheries-based effort on June 13. The results of the NOAA Fisheries survey are summarized in this report.

Science Blog: EcoMon 2022 Concludes

Good weather, trusted scientific gear, a superb NOAA ship, and a stellar team helped make the spring 2022 Ecosystem Monitoring (EcoMon) Survey a success.

Interns Dive into Chesapeake Science and Policy

The NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office once again welcomes summer interns, who contribute to our efforts to protect and restore the Bay while gaining valuable experience. Learn more about this year’s talented class of interns.

Change of Command for R/V Gloria Michelle

NOAA Corps officer LTJG Alexander Creed “fleeted up” to become the new commanding officer of the R/V Gloria Michelle at the change of command ceremony in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, on June 8. The Gloria Michelle is a 72-foot vessel that conducts surveys and other science research projects from Virginia to Canada.