NOAA Fisheries is calling for applications for the new American Fisheries Advisory Committee. The Committee was established by the American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act in May to make recommendations for Saltonstall-Kennedy priorities and grant award funding. Applications are due this Saturday, September 24.
We are asking commercial seafood harvesters to participate in a survey on national seafood marketing practices. A team of researchers from NOAA Fisheries, the University of Maine, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture sent a questionnaire to identify commercial harvesters who engage in direct marketing practices. The team will distribute a survey early next year.
NOAA to Host Public Meeting on U.S. Whale Conservation and Management Policy
NOAA will host a public meeting on September 27 at 1:00 p.m. ET in advance of the upcoming 68th meeting of the International Whaling Commission. Any U.S. citizen with an interest in U.S. whale conservation and management policy may participate and share their views. Register for the virtual meeting, or attend in person at the Silver Spring Civic Center in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Public Notice of Fraudulent Permit Website
NOAA Fisheries is issuing a public notice because it has come to our attention that there is a fraudulent website claiming that it processes both state and federal fishing permits. The fraudulent website is: commercialfishingpermits [dot] us. Please do not use this website to apply for a state or federal fishing permit. See our Resources for Fishing page for more information on federal permits.
An international team of researchers is surveying deep-sea coral and sponge habitats on seamounts in the Northeast Pacific. Follow the scientific team studying deep-sea corals to learn what they discover and how this information is useful for fisheries management. This is the second post of the Joint U.S.-Canada Deep-Sea Coral Seamount Survey science blog series.
Scientists still have much to learn about mahimahi, especially when it comes to their diet and role in marine ecosystems. Through a new program, NOAA Fisheries scientists and fishery managers are enlisting the help of local fishermen to collect mahimahi stomachs for research.
The agencies charged with restoring Louisiana’s natural resources after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have released the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion Final Restoration Plan. The proposed plan, envisioning more than $2 billion of investment, would restore and protect thousands of acres of wetlands in coastal Louisiana.
How do scientists conduct the Southeast Bottom Longline Survey? Southeast Fisheries Science Center intern Ellie Hartman compares the coordination and rhythm of setting and retrieving the longline gear to that of dancing.
Proposals for the 2023–2024 Sea Scallop Research Set-Aside Program are due November 18. Successful applicants are awarded pounds of scallops that have been “set aside” to pay for research expenses. Researchers and fishermen partner to harvest the awarded scallops, and the proceeds are used to fund the research and compensate fishing industry partners.
Lab technician Christine Kircun writes from the F/V E.S.S. Pursuit, where scientists are collecting samples of Atlantic surfclam, ocean quahog, and Atlantic sea scallop for the 2022 Atlantic Clam Survey. This blog post is part of the Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion series.
September 24: Applications due for American Fisheries Advisory Committee membership
September 30: Deadline extended—online comments due for the Draft Equity and Environmental Justice Strategy
September 30: Nominations due for the U.S. Section to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas
October 5: Proposals due for Coastal Habitat Restoration and Resilience Grants for Underserved Communities
October 31: Deadline extended—comments due for Rule to Amend the North Atlantic Right Whale Vessel Speed Regulations
November 18: Proposals due for the 2023–2024 Sea Scallop Research Set-Aside Program
November 22: Grant applications due for USDA's Regional Food Business Centers Program