Healthy ecosystems are vital for sustainable fisheries and protected species. Dr. Link will lead our ecosystem research activities and development of tools and approaches to help us deal with the impacts of climate change on our marine trust species.
Recognizing the economic, ecological, social, and cultural importance of migratory fish in the Cape Fear River basin in North Carolina, NOAA and multiple stakeholders of the Cape Fear River Partnership developed an action plan to help address pressures impacting fish habitat. Comments are due December 19, 2012.
NOAA's Restoration Center recognizes that healthy habitat is critical to recover and sustain fish populations. To that end, we are currently soliciting applications for restoration projects that use a habitat-based approach to foster species recovery and increase fish production.
Each year when autumn rolls around, sea turtles tend to strand along the Northeast coast as a result of "cold stunning." It has been an extraordinarily busy sea turtle stranding season, with a running total of 150 reported strandings so far from Massachusetts to New York.
NOAA Fisheries proposes 2013 and 2014 harvest specifications, apportionments, and prohibited species catch allowances for the groundfish fisheries of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area. Comments due January 7, 2013.
NOAA Fisheries proposes temporary rule for the allowable catch of various Bering Sea and Aleutian Island species that will help promote the goals and objectives of the fishery management plan in this area. Please comment by December 19.
NOAA Fisheries proposes to implement the annual catch limit, harvest guideline, annual catch target, and associated annual reference points for Pacific mackerel in the U.S. exclusive economic zone off the Pacific coast for the fishing season of July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013. Comment by January 7, 2013.
For our scientists onboard Alaskan research cruises, it was a busy season-studying walleye Pollock, conducting ecosystem surveys, analyzing distribution and abundance of phyto- and zooplankton and pelagic fishes, and examining linkages between climate, sea-ice, krill, and baleen whales.
Nov-Dec: NOAA Fisheries holds training workshops on Electronic Reporting System for Federal Atlantic Swordfish, Shark, and Tuna Dealers
May-Jan: Crimes Against Marine Mammals-NOAA-Sponsored Exhibit in D.C. extended through January 2013
Upcoming: Free Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops in January, February, and March of 2013.
Dec. 13: Applications for 2013 Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Shark Research Fishery due.
Dec. 13: The Pacific Fishery Management Council's South of Humbug Policy Workgroup (Workgroup) for Pacific halibut will hold a work session which is open to the public. Dec 14: Nominations for National Wetlands Awards due.
Dec. 20: NMFS solicits nominations until December 20, 2012 for the Advisory Panel for Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review. Dec 28: Applications due for Director position in NOAA Research Climate Program Office.
Jan. 18, 2013: Call for Nominations is open for the Dr. Nancy Foster Habitat Conservation Award.