Tagged: Fisheries

(Click to enlarge) Smooth hammerhead shark (Sphyrna zygaena). (Credit: NOAA)

NMFS Announces Smooth Hammerhead Shark Petition To ESA

We, NMFS, announce a 90-day finding on a petition to list the smooth hammerhead shark (Sphyrna zygaena) range-wide or, in the alternative, any identified distinct population segments (DPSs), as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and to designate critical habitat concurrently with the listing.

Chinook salmon. (Credit: NOAA)

NMFS Opens Alaska Groundfish Harvest But Continues Salmon Limits

This emergency rule establishes a 1,600 Chinook salmon prohibited species catch (PSC) limit for the Western and Central Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Non-Rockfish Program trawl catcher vessel sector (Non-Rockfish Program CV Sector) that is immediately available for use by the sector until the limit is reached or December 31, 2015.

The Dungeness crab, Cancer magister, is an important commercial species in the family Cancridae. (Credit: NOAA)

NMFS Proposes To Refinance Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishing Capacity Reduction Loan

NMFS is proposing regulations that would refinance the 30-year voluntary fishing capacity reduction loan implemented in 2004 into three separate loans, if approved through referenda, in the Pacific Coast Groundfish federal limited-entry trawl, Washington coastal Dungeness crab, and California pink shrimp fisheries (collectively known hereafter as the refinanced reduction fisheries).

Map of the Gulf of Maine. (Credit: NOAA)

Fishing Vessels Exempt From Gulf Of Maine Scallop Fishery Closure

NMFS proposes regulations to allow an exemption for Northern Gulf of Maine federally permitted vessels with state-waters permits issued from the State of Maine to continue fishing in the Maine state-waters portion of the Northern Gulf of Maine management area once NMFS has announced that the Federal total allowable catch has been fully harvested in a given year.