Tagged: Gulf of Mexico

Click to enlarge) A manta ray in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. (Credit: National Ocean Service Image Gallery)

Mysteries Of The Under-explored Deep Ocean

Dr. Amanda Demopoulos, George P. Schmahl, and Dr. Jason Chaytor each described recent discoveries from the ocean’s abyss at “The Deep Ocean: Earth’s Final Frontier” congressional briefing sponsored by the House Oceans Caucus.

Gulf of Mexico. (Credit: Google Earth)

Comment Request

The NMFS Southeast Region, in collaboration with the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, intends to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement to describe and analyze a range of alternatives for management actions to be included in Amendment 42 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico.

Atlantic bluefin tuna, Thunnus thynnus, are a highly migratory species. (Credit: NOAA)

NMFS Increases Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Daily Retention Limit

NMFS is adjusting the Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) General category daily retention limit from the default limit of one large medium or giant BFT to four large medium or giant BFT for the September, October through November, and December subquota time periods of the 2015 fishing year.

Blacknose shark, Carcharhinus acronotus. (Credit: NOAA)

NMFS Adjusts Atlantic Commercial Shark Fisheries Quotas

This proposed rule would establish quotas and opening dates for the 2016 Atlantic shark commercial fishing season based in part on the management measures in the recently published final rule for Amendment 6 to the 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP).