Thursday, September 22, 2022

NOAA Fisheries FishNews — September 22, 2022

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2022


Final Call for American Fisheries Advisory Committee Applications

American Fisheries Advisory Committee

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.

Help NOAA Fisheries Understand How Fishermen Market Their Catch

Seafood Marketing Survey

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

North Atlantic right whales

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.


Science Blog: Joint Canada-U.S. Deep-Sea Coral Seamount Survey

Joint U.S. Canada Survey

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.

Pacific Islands

NOAA Enlists Hawaii Fishermen for Mahimahi Diet Study

Mahi mahi close-up

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.

Story Map: How to Save an Island from Climate Change

Island Story Map

A group of NOAA experts and partners have taken on the monumental task of protecting a small Hawaiian atoll from climate change.


Louisiana Trustees Release Final Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion Restoration Plan

Louisiana Restoration Plan

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.

Science Blog: The Process of Surveying Sharks Is a Lot Like a Dance

Shark Survey blog

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.

New England/Mid-Atlantic

Now Soliciting Proposals for the 2023-2024 Sea Scallop Research Set-Aside Program

Atlantic sea scallop close-up

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.

Science Blog: Fair Weather and Light Catches Start the 2022 Atlantic Clam Survey

Clam Survey Leg 1 F/V E.S.S. Pursuit

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.

Upcoming Deadlines

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

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Upcoming Events

September 22: Virtual public discussion on updates to the National Recreational Fisheries Policy

September 26–29: New England Fishery Management Council meeting

September 27: Scoping Meeting on Additional Modifications to the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan

September 27: Public meeting on U.S. whale conservation and management policy

October 3–11: North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting

October 4–6: Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council meeting

October 24–27: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting

October 27: Public meeting of the Permanent Advisory Committee to Advise the U.S. Commissioners to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission

November 13: 50th United States-Japan Natural Resources Scientific Symposium

View more events

Federal Register Actions

Visit NOAA Fisheries' Rules & Regulations web page to learn more about recently proposed and finalized regulations in your region. 

Questions? Visit our website for national and regional contact information

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