Saturday, April 21, 2018

FWC Law Enforcement Weekly Report March 30, 2018 through April 5, 2018

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Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Report
March 30, 2018 through April 5, 2018

This report represents some events the FWC handled over the past week;
however, it does not include all actions taken by the Division of Law Enforcement.

Patrol, Protect, Preserve


NORTHWEST REGION

CASES

CALHOUN COUNTY

Officer Hayes located a baited area with cracked corn and bird seed. A few days later, the officer returned and saw an individual actively turkey hunting within 20 yards of the bait. The subject was charged with attempting to take turkey over bait.

Officer Baber located a baited area with cracked corn. A few days later, the officer returned and saw an individual actively turkey hunting within 10 yards of the bait. The subject was charged with attempting to take turkey over bait.

ESCAMBIA COUNTY

While working on the Pensacola Bay Bridge, Officer Cushing checked two subjects at the back of a pickup truck. The tailgate was covered with blood, guts, fish scales and a fillet knife was present. Both individuals had blood on their hands as well. One of the subjects stated that he had a small redfish. Officer Cushing located two fillets in a brown paper bag in the bed of the truck. A citation was issued for failure to land in whole condition.

FRANKLIN COUNTY

Officer Richardson and Reserve Officer Martin were working an oyster detail in the Eastpoint area. They saw a vessel returning from harvesting oysters to the Eastpoint Boat Ramp. Officer Richardson stopped the vessel and determined that the oysters onboard were untagged. Officer Richardson cited the subject for untagged oysters. Both bags of oysters were seized and returned alive to the Apalachicola Bay.

GULF COUNTY

Officer Lipford was on water patrol when he stopped a vessel to perform a resource inspection. The vessel had one occupant and was returning from Lake Wimico. After Officer Lipford greeted the subject and asked him if he caught any fish, the man stated that he caught some shellcracker. After a visual inspection of the vessel’s live well and cooler, Officer Lipford discovered the occupant had a few shellcracker, but also 20 black bass,15 over his legal daily bag limit of 5. The individual was issued a notice to appear for the violation.

HOLMES COUNTY

Officer Yates completed an investigation stemming from information received from the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office in January. During a warrant arrest, the Sheriff’s Office saw a freshly killed doe deer at the address of the arrestee. Officer Yates documented the scene, recently completed an interview, and filed charges for possession of antlerless deer during closed season.

JACKSON COUNTY

Officer Little located and checked an individual actively turkey hunting within 30 yards of cracked corn and millet seed. The subject was cited for attempting to take turkey over bait.

Officer Forehand located a blind with cracked corn spread within 20 yards of the concealed location. A few days later, Officer Forehand watched a subject approach and enter the blind. A brief time later, a gobbler and hen turkey came into the baited area. The subject shot both turkeys and was subsequently charged with taking turkey over bait and taking hen turkey during closed season.

OKALOOSA COUNTY

Officer Pifer was called out to assist Eglin Range Patrol with a traffic stop they had conducted on a vehicle operating in the Eglin Wildlife Management Area (WMA) during prohibited hours. Eglin Range Patrol informed Officer Pifer that the occupants of the vehicle were in possession of drugs and firearms. A search of the vehicle revealed more than 20 grams of cannabis inside the vehicle in vacuum sealed packages, Alprazolam pills, two handguns (one of which was confirmed stolen out of Okaloosa County), ammunition, two scales, a vacuum sealer, numerous resealable bags and rubber bands. One individual was arrested for accessing the Eglin WMA during prohibited hours and for possession of a concealed firearm. The second individual was arrested for accessing the Eglin WMA during prohibited hours. During a search of the second individual, half of an Alprazolam pill and $1952 in cash was located. The second individual was additionally charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Officer Pifer was conducting fisheries inspections on the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier when he contacted an individual who was actively engaged in fishing. A resource inspection revealed a total of 67 Spanish mackerel, six of which were undersized. The individual was fishing alone and claimed some of the fish were given to him by other individuals. State law prohibits the possession of more than 15 Spanish mackerel while on a pier. The individual was cited for possessing over the bag limit and possession of undersized Spanish mackerel.

Officers Pifer and Corbin were on water patrol when they saw two individuals fishing from shore at a county park. The officers beached their vessel to conduct a resource inspection. The two individuals were unable to produce saltwater fishing licenses. When asked, one of the individuals stated there was a cooler in the bed of the truck with fish inside. An inspection of the cooler revealed three undersized mangrove snapper. Officer Pifer cited the individual in control of the truck for possession of undersize mangrove snapper. Both individuals were warned for no saltwater fishing license.

Officer Corbin was on land patrol and responded to a complaint of a vehicle stuck in a wet weather pond on Eglin Wildlife Management Area. The officer arrived and saw a Toyota truck stuck with its frame sitting in wet mud in a closed area. Officer Corbin determined the driver was recreating in a closed area and damaging lands. The driver was issued a notice to appear citation.

Officers Pifer and Corbin were on vessel patrol conducting boating safety inspections in the Destin area. The officers saw a pontoon with seven adults and four children on board. Two children were not wearing the correct size life jackets and one child was not wearing a life jacket at all. All three of the children were under six years of age and required to wear life jackets while the vessel is underway. The officers determined the pontoon was rented. Officer Corbin contacted and met with the owners/renters of the pontoon. The livery inspection resulted in notice to appear citations to the owner for renting a vessel without the required boating safety equipment, boating safety information not displayed at livery location and person providing pre-ride/rental instructions not taking an approved boating safety course.

Officer Nichols was on land patrol and responded to Henderson Beach State Park regarding an individual who was harassing females. The subject was following them into the restrooms and saying obscenities. An Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Deputy and Officer Nichols located the subject. During their communication, the subject had slurred speech and appeared very confused. The male subject stated he had consumed three bottles of cough medicine and requested medical attention. Officer Nichols contacted Emergency Medical Service personnel. The subject was issued a no trespass warning for Henderson Beach State Park and Rocky Bayou State Park.

SANTA ROSA COUNTY

While on vessel patrol in Escambia Bay, Officer Ramos saw a vessel operating in a restricted military zone. After conducting a vessel stop, he found the vessel to be lacking required safety equipment. A resource inspection was conducted and Officer Ramos determined that the two occupants had been commercial fishing, but only one man had the required saltwater products license (SPL). While inspecting the cooler of fish, a commercial quantity of mullet was found, in addition to a concealed undersized black drum measuring 10-1/2 inches, under the required 14 to 24-inch slot limit. The captain of the vessel was issued warnings for operating in a restricted zone, missing safety equipment and not having his SPL license available for review. He was issued a citation for the undersized black drum. The second man was issued a citation for engaging in commercial fishing without a saltwater products license.

Officer Ramos was on vessel patrol in the Santa Rosa Sound and conducted a boating safety inspection on a personal watercraft (PWC). The PWC’s annual registration decal was unreadable and Officer Ramos determined that the registration had expired in June 2017. The operator of the PWC advised that he had rented the vessel from a nearby livery. Officer Ramos followed the operator to the livery and contacted management. The livery was issued the appropriate citation and took the vessel out of service pending compliance with state law.

WASHINGTON COUNTY

Officer Gore was on patrol at Culpepper Landing on Holmes Creek when he was given information of a vessel being operated in a reckless manner. According to witnesses, the vessel came close to striking numerous kayakers and swimmers. A brief time later, a vessel matching the description was observed operating at a high rate of speed, weaving through and driving too close to swimmers and kayakers. The operator was cited for reckless operation of a vessel.

COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING

BAY COUNTY

Officer Gore and K-9 Kane attended a public speaking event at Mowat Middle School. Approximately 85 people were educated on FWC law enforcement and outdoor safety.

OKALOOSA COUNTY

Officer Maltais provided presentation to 65 day camp attendees from local military bases. The students’ ages ranged from 8 to 13 years old. The camp was hosted by the 4-H Camp in Timpoochee with assistance from University of Florida-Institute of Agriculture and Services Extension staff from Escambia County. They discussed marine conservation, how local FWC officers patrol and how to report marine or animal issues.

WASHINGTON COUNTY

Officers Greene and Yates attended a Hunter Safety Education Class in Bonifay and instructed the law portion of the class. There were approximately 25 people in attendance.




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Florida DEP permit activity for Gulf County

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Florida Department of
Environmental Protection

Bob Martinez Center
2600 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400
Rick Scott
Governor

Carlos Lopez-Cantera
Lt. Governor

Noah Valenstein
Secretary


Permitting Application Subscription Service


Subscriber email address: manager@oysterradio.com

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Permit: Water - ERP Exemption Permit
Project Name: 843 INDIAN PASS RD [DOCK]
Location Id: 363634
Location Name: 843 INDIAN PASS RD [DOCK]
County: Gulf
Application Number: 363634-001

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300
Permit: Water - ERP Exemption Permit
Project Name: 867 INDIAN PASS RD [DOCK]
Location Id: 352662
Location Name: 867 INDIAN PASS ROAD [DOCK]
County: Gulf
Application Number: 352662-002

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300



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FRANKLIN COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY PET OF THE WEEK



MIXIE is a beautiful 1 yr old domestic short hair tabby with white kitten. She has enormous green eyes and a petite body. This little lady is very social and sweet and at the reduced adoption fee of only $25.00, an affordable addition to the family. She is fully vetted and waiting for her forever home!


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Friday, April 20, 2018

The Laundry Project is returning to Apalachicola on April 28th.



The Laundry Project is returning to Apalachicola on April 28th.

This is the fourth year the program is being held in Franklin County – it is sponsored by the realtors association of Franklin and Gulf counties.

The Laundry Project is a way to help struggling families wash their clothes and linens.

For the people served by the Laundry Projects, washing clothes is a financial burden.

As a result, they may be unable to do their laundry as frequently as they would like.

Volunteers are needed for the event.

As a volunteer, you do NOT do laundry.

Volunteers are on hand to put the money in the washers and dryers and keep track of which machines are ready for another load – they also make sure everyone has soap and the other necessities.

If you would like to volunteer email Gloria at gloria@rafgc.com or call her at 850-653-3322.

People who would like to take part in the Laundry Project should be at Croom's Mini Mall on Avenue I in Apalachicola on April 28th at 10AM.

There is no limit to how many loads can be done but they will be accepted on a first come first served basis.

The Laundry project provides all of the detergent, bleach, fabric softener and dryer sheets.


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Watch out for nesting shorebirds

This is the time of year that shorebirds begin to nest along the coast which means that people should take extra care while wandering the beaches.

Florida's shorebirds generally begin nesting in April.

Many birds in Franklin County nest along the old St. George Island bridge causeway as well as the bird island off the high hump of the Apalachicola Bridge.

Both of those areas can only be reached by boat – and both are off-limits through the summer.

They will remain off-limits until August 31st

But there are also nesting sites along local beaches and in state parks which are still vulnerable to humans.

To help protect shorebird nests, State and federal wildlife biologists recommend that visitors maintain a minimum distance of 300 feet from nesting colonies.

Keep pets on a leash and away from posted areas.

And avoid flying kites around nesting colonies, which can be mistaken as "predators" by the adult birds, leaving nests exposed to extreme heat from the summer sun.


All nesting shorebirds are protected by state and federal law so if you find a disturbed nest, an injured bird, or some other wildlife violation report it to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-888-404-3922.


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DEP Encourages Floridians to Celebrate Earth Day


~Join a cleanup, enjoy a festival or pledge to reduce waste~

Coastal Cleanup Event for Earth Day
DEP educates the public through events and initiatives.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection encourages residents and visitors to reduce plastic waste and protect Florida's environment on Earth Day, April 22. DEP is celebrating Earth Day by hosting events and festivals across the state focused on volunteerism, outdoor recreation and natural resource protection.
"Whether it’s cleaning up coastlines, or committing to recycling and producing less waste, everyone can play a role in environmental protection," said DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein. "I encourage Floridians to spend Earth Day outside celebrating our state’s natural beauty and resources."
To coincide with Earth Day, DEP has launched a voluntary initiative to encourage Florida residents and visitors to reduce their plastic use and "skip the straw" for one week. Plastic straws are one of the many single-use plastics that litter beaches, pollute oceans and harm wildlife. Learn more about the Skip the Straw initiative, and take a pledge to reduce plastic pollution.
Earth Day is also an opportunity for everyone to rethink their recycling practices and reset their behavior. About 30 percent of all household materials recycled in Florida are incorrectly disposed. DEP has partnered with the Florida Recycling Partnership, Waste Management, MARPAN, Waste Connections, Single Stream Recyclers LLC and local recycling coordinators to decrease recycling contamination and encourage proper curbside recycling practices through the Rethink. Reset. Recycle. project. 

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Give nesting waterbirds space to help keep them safe



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FWC photo by Carol Rizkalla.

It’s nesting season for Florida’s waterbirds, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Audubon Florida are reminding beachgoers and boaters to give these birds and their young space to help keep them safe.  
“This is a critical time of year for nesting birds and their young,” said Craig Faulhaber, avian conservation coordinator for the FWC. “By taking a few simple steps, people can enjoy a day at the beach or on the water without disturbing nesting birds and their chicks, which increases the birds’ chances of survival.”
Shorebirds and seabirds build shallow nests out of sand and shells on beaches in spring and summer, and eggs and chicks are difficult to see. Wading birds, such as herons and egrets, as well as pelicans, are also nesting now on islands around the state. Both types of birds can be easily disturbed if people approach too closely. Such disturbance can cause birds to abandon their nesting sites, exposing eggs and chicks to predators, sun exposure and other harm.
Shorebird nests, eggs and chicks are well-camouflaged and can easily be missed and even stepped on unless people know to look out for them. The snowy plover, least tern, black skimmer, American oystercatcher and Wilson’s plover are several of Florida’s beach-nesting bird species facing conservation challenges. Wading birds and pelicans typically nest in mangroves and on tree islands. Reddish egrets, tricolored herons and roseate spoonbills have also experienced declines.
“Florida’s coasts took a beating from Hurricane Irma in 2017,” said Julie Wraithmell, interim executive director for Audubon Florida. “We can’t control impacts to nesting sites from weather, but we can protect them from human disturbance. This year it is more important than ever.”
The FWC has established Critical Wildlife Areas to protect congregations of one or more species of wildlife from human disturbance during critical life activities such as nesting, feeding or migration.
People can help keep nesting birds safe by keeping their distance from CWAs and other areas where birds are nesting or raising young. In addition to observing the marked-off areas around CWAs, people can also help by following a few simple steps while enjoying the beach this season:
  • Keep your distance from birds, on the beach or on the water. If birds become agitated or leave their nests, you are too close. A general rule is to stay at least 300 feet from a nest. Birds calling out loudly and dive-bombing are signals for you to back off.
  • Respect posted areas. Avoid posted nesting sites and use designated walkways when possible.
  • Never intentionally force birds to fly or run. This causes them to use energy needed for nesting, and eggs and chicks may be left vulnerable to the sun’s heat or predators. Teach children not to chase shorebirds and seabirds, and kindly ask fellow beachgoers to do the same. Shorebirds and seabirds outside of posted areas may be feeding or resting and need to do so without disturbance.
  • It is best to not take pets to the beach, but if you do, keep them leashed and avoid shorebird and seabird nesting areas. (State parks, national parks and CWAs do not allow pets.)
  • Keep the beach clean and do not feed wildlife. Food scraps attract predators, such as raccoons and crows, which can prey on shorebird eggs and chicks. Litter on beaches can entangle birds and other wildlife.
  • Spread the word. If you see people disturbing nesting birds, gently let them know how their actions may hurt the birds’ survival. If they continue to disturb nesting birds, report it to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922), #FWC or *FWC on a cellphone or by texting Tip@MyFWC.com. You may also report nests that are not posted to our Wildlife Alert Program.
For more information, go to MyFWC.com/Shorebirds and download the “Share the Beach with Beach-Nesting Birds” brochure. Or go to the Florida Shorebird Alliance website atFLShorebirdAlliance.org to learn more about how to participate in shorebird and seabird conservation efforts.
For more information about Florida’s CWAs, visit MyFWC.com/CWA.
To learn how you can volunteer your time to protect nesting coastal birds, visit ­­ and scroll over the “Conservation” tab at the top, then click on “Coastal Conservation” and “Coastal Bird Stewardship,” or you may­­ email FLConservation@Audubon.org.


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A Port St. Joe man was arrested Wednesday and is now facing sexual battery and child pornography charges

A Port St. Joe man was arrested Wednesday and is now facing sexual battery and child pornography charges.

69 year old Clark Gilbert Downs was arrested after a month long investigation into an alleged sexual assault in March of a victim under the age of eighteen and an incident that occurred four years ago involving a victim who was also under the age of eighteen at the time.

Investigators found that Downs’ used Facebook Messenger to receive and solicit inappropriate photographs of the victim who was personally known to him.

On April 18th, Investigators executed a search warrant at Down's home.

Multiple computers and electronic devices were seized as evidence for further analysis.

A preview of Downs’ computer at the scene revealed photographs he took in November 2014 of the
second victim in the case.

The discovery of the photographs led to additional charges of sexual battery on a person twelve year of age or older, lewd or lascivious molestation of a victim twelve year of age or older, and eleven counts of possession of child pornography.

The computers and electronic devices seized will be analyzed by the FDLE Computer Crime Center and additional charges are anticipated.


Downs was booked into the Gulf County Detention Facility and released Thursday on a $110,000 bond.


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Franklin County provides 2500 for summer basketball program

 Franklin County Commissioners have agreed to provide 2500 dollars to help out a local youth basketball program.
In the past the summer basketball program has included between 30 and 50 children of various ages.
The program has taken local teams to neighboring towns for summertime basketball tournaments and has also held tournaments in the county that brought teams from as far away as Athens, Georgia.
In general the county provides money to local sports teams only if they earn a spot in a regional, state or national tournament but the county doesn’t usually provide operational funding.
Instead the county provides and maintains the fields and parks for most sports.

There are no county maintained basketball courts at this time, though the county is working to build one in Apalachicola.


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Red tide found in one water sample in Gulf County this week (so far)



Red tide was found in background concentrations in one water sample taken from Gulf County this week.

According to the state's midweek red tide report, there was oneo positive sample found in Gulf County and three in Bay county so far this week.

The report does not specify from which water the samples were collected.

Red Tide is an organism that in large enough concentrations releases a neurotoxin that can kill fish and even affect humans with eye, nose and throat irritation.


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Hurricane Loss Mitigation Program gets financial boost

Franklin County this week got a big financial boost to the county's Hurricane Loss Mitigation Program.

The Hurricane Loss Mitigation Program is a state funded program that helps Franklin County Residents mitigate their homes against strong winds.

The program is designed to help lower income residents make their homes more wind resistant through the installation of hurricane resistant doors and shutters.

It also pays to repair roofs or add straps to existing roofs.

On Tuesday the county commission approved a grant modification that will increase funding for the program by 180 thousand dollars, bringing the total funding to 374 thousand dollars.

According to the Emergency Management Office, the additional funding will allow the county to help about 16 more homeowners in Franklin County.

If you are interested in applying or learning more about the Hurricane Loss Mitigation Program, you can find applications and criteria on the Franklin County Emergency Management website at www.franklinemergencymanagement.com.

You can also pick up an application at the Emergency Management Office at the Apalachicola Airport.


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Sign up today for the Rock the Dock Fishing Tournament in Panacea




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Florida DEP permit activity for Franklin and Gulf Counties

DEP Logo
Florida Department of
Environmental Protection

Bob Martinez Center
2600 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400
Rick Scott
Governor

Carlos Lopez-Cantera
Lt. Governor

Noah Valenstein
Secretary


Permitting Application Subscription Service


Subscriber email address: manager@oysterradio.com

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Permit: Water - ERP Exemption Permit
Project Name: INDIAN CREEK DOCK REPLACEMENT
Location Id: 294482
Location Name: 97 NORTH BAY SHORE DRIVE
County: Franklin
Application Number: 294482-003

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300
Permit: Water - ERP Noticed General Permit
Project Name: SHOAF STORAGE
Location Id: 363603
Location Name: Shoaf Storage
County: Gulf
Application Number: 363603-001

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300
Permit: Water - ERP Exemption Permit
Project Name: TIMBER ISLAND DOCK REPLACEMENT
Location Id: 287756
Location Name: TIMBER ISLAND PUBLIC BOAT RAMP
County: Franklin
Application Number: 287756-002

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300


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Forgotten Coast Parrotheads holding a Highway clean up this Saturday in Eastpoint




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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

NOAA Fisheries FishNews – April 18, 2018

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NOAA Fish News
April 18, 2018

HIGHLIGHTS


World Fish Migration Day 2
Celebrate Migratory Fish This Saturday
World Fish Migration Day is a global event to create awareness of the importance of open rivers and migratory fish. Join us in celebrating World Fish Migration Day this Saturday, April 21, and learn more about how NOAA Fisheries works to remove barriers to fish migration.

Fisheries Innovation Fund
Fisheries Innovation Fund Request for Proposals
Through a partnership with NOAA, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation solicits proposals for up to $950,000 in grants awarded through the 2018 Fisheries Innovation Fund. The grants are intended to support innovative and effective participation of fishermen and fishing communities in achieving sustainable fisheries in the United States. Pre-proposals are due May 14.

Citizen Science
Power of the Crowd: Citizen Science
Last Saturday, April 14, was Citizen Science Day. Citizen science has helped shape NOAA since the 1800s, when the rise of the telegraph allowed volunteers around the nation to transmit weather reports to the National Weather Service. Today, citizen scientists participate in more than 40 projects to help NOAA monitor the oceans and atmosphere.


West Coast


Steelhead
NOAA Approves Skagit River Steelhead Fishery Management Plan
NOAA Fisheries approved a management plan for threatened Skagit River steelhead that includes both tribal fisheries and a catch-and-release sport fishery—the first spring recreational fishery on the Skagit since steelhead numbers began to recover nearly a decade ago.

Stranded gray whale
Stranded Whale Likely Died from Entanglement
Researchers completed a necropsy on a yearling male gray whale that stranded on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula after becoming entangled in lines from a crab trap. The researchers determined that the trap lines likely caused the whale’s death. NOAA Fisheries has observed an increase in whale entanglements on the West Coast in recent years.

Whale and ship
California Clean-Air Mandates May Reduce Ship Strike Risk for Whales
California’s clean-fuel standards and coastal low-emission zones required ship traffic to slow down. According to a new NOAA Fisheries analysis of regional ship traffic, this may have reduced the risks ship traffic poses to whales, because whales are less likely to be killed by ships traveling at lower speeds.


Southeast


Red Snapper illustration
Commerce Secretary Commends Gulf Recreational Red Snapper Pilot Program
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross commends an innovative, 2-year pilot program for state management of the recreational red snapper fishery in the Gulf of Mexico. NOAA Fisheries approved exempted fishing permits for each of the five Gulf states to allow them to demonstrate the effectiveness of state management of recreationally caught red snapper and to test data collection methods during the 2018 and 2019 fishing seasons.

Red snapper charter vessels
2018 Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper For-Hire Season
NOAA Fisheries announced that the 2018 Gulf of Mexico red snapper for-hire season in federal waters will open onJune 1 and last 51 days. This action is independent of the private angling season, which will be set by each of the Gulf of Mexico states for both state and federal waters.

Red snapper swimming
Limited Red Snapper Fishery in South Atlantic – Open for Public Comment
By June 15, please submit your comments on Amendment 43 to the South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Fishery Management Plan. Actions proposed in the amendment would specify recreational and commercial annual catch limits for red snapper beginning in 2018.

Louisiana Trustees Draft Plan
Louisiana Trustees Release Draft Restoration Plan
The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group released its Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #4, which proposes projects to restore lost public recreational uses and reduce agricultural nutrient runoff in Louisiana’s coastal watersheds injured by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A public meeting will be held April 24, and public comments are due May 21.


Greater Atlantic


AMOC model
Atlantic Circulation System Shows Weakening
In a recent study, NOAA researchers and partners used computer model simulations to reconstruct changes over time in the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation—a large-scale system of ocean currents. Comparisons of the models with recent direct ocean measurements suggest the AMOC has weakened since the 1950s. This weakening, along with warming temperatures, is likely to impact fisheries and other living marine resources.

Red Hake illustration border
Catch Limits for Small-Mesh Multispecies Fishery – Open for Public Comment
By April 27, please submit your comments on proposed new 2018–2020 catch limits for the small-mesh multispecies fishery, which includes northern red hake, southern red hake, northern silver hake, and southern whiting. In general, the proposed specifications would increase the annual catch limits for the northern stocks and decrease them for the southern stocks.

GIS Data
GIS Data for Habitat Omnibus Amendment Online
The GIS data for the new habitat management measures for New England fisheries are now available online through the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office’s GIS Data Page.

Events


April 19
Last day of the New England Fishery Management Council meeting in Mystic, Connecticut.
April 19
Public scoping meeting
 on North Atlantic shortfin mako shark measures in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
April 19–20
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Councilmeeting in Gulfport, Mississippi.
April 21
World Fish Migration Dayevents in the Greater Atlantic Region.
April 23
Free Protected Species Safe Handling, Identification, and Release workshop in Revere, Massachusetts.
April 24
Public meeting on Louisiana Trustees’ Fourth Draft Restoration Plan.
April 30 – May 4
Georges Bank Ecosystem Strategy Peer Review in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
May 3
Free Atlantic SharkIdentification Workshop in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
May 7–21
Three free Protected Species Safe Handling, Identification, and Release workshops in Louisiana, South Carolina, and Florida.
May 10 and 29
Two informational webinars on federal for-hire permit holders, hosted by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.
May 21–23
Save the Date for NOAA Habitat’s Fish Passage Program Review in Silver Spring, Maryland.
June 4Save the Date for a workshop on community resilience in the Northeast region, to be held in Cape May, New Jersey.

Announcements


April 20
Applications due for open seats on the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Advisory Panels.
April 25
Applications due for the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee.
April 26
Applications due for 2018 Chesapeake Bay Office Fisheries Science grants.
May 4 Applications due for proposals for recreational fishing education, outreach, and conservation projects in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.
May 14Pre-proposals due for 2018 Fisheries Innovation Fund.

Federal Register Actions

Visit regulations.gov for a list of only those actions open for public comment. Scroll search for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
For a list of all daily actions, check the Federal Register online.

Corrections or technical questions should be sent to the FishNews Editor at editor.fishnews@noaa.gov.


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