FishNews – August 8, 2018

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NOAA Fish News

August 8, 2018



Oyster Bar

Oyster Bar 101
Oyster aquaculture production is on the rise in many regions of the United States. Oyster bars, also known as raw bars, offer guests a variety of different types of oysters as well as the experience of eating in a more hands-on way. Whether you are looking to impress a date or just avoid spilling cocktail sauce on your shirt, here is some advice for oyster bar beginners.

Marine Net Pen Aquaculture

U.S. and Canada Collaborate on Aquaculture
As the aquaculture industry expands worldwide, Canada and the United States are working together to secure a sustainable future for seafood farming through science and policy collaboration. A new joint report summarizes the work that NOAA and Canada’s Fisheries and Oceans agency have done on coordinating regulation of marine net pen aquaculture.

Species Distribution Shifts

Explore Projected Future Fish Distributions
Hundreds of marine species in U.S. waters are on the move with changing ocean conditions. New information on possible future distributions of nearly 700 fisheries-related marine species under future climate/ocean conditions is now available on the OCEANADAPT website produced by Rutgers University and NOAA Fisheries. Choose a species and see how its distribution has shifted in the past and where it is projected to shift in the future. For more information on these projections, read a NOAA Fisheries–funded study published earlier this year.


Recreational Fisheries

Saltwater Recreational Fishing Summit Report
In March, NOAA Fisheries and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission co-hosted the 2018 National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Summit in Arlington, Virginia. The recreational fishing community, fisheries managers, and other stakeholders came together to discuss ways to improve opportunity and stability in recreational fisheries. The final report and discussion highlights are now available.

Knight with shark sucker

Teachers Join NOAA Fisheries Researchers at Sea
Summer is the height of NOAA Fisheries’ field season, and already this year, 24 teachers have joined NOAA scientists for hands-on research experiences through NOAA’s Teacher at Sea Program. This week, university math professor Emily Cilli-Turner from Washington State is sailing on a pollock survey in Alaska, while middle school art teacher Stephen Kade from Michigan is sailing on a shark/red snapper longline survey off the mid-Atlantic coast.



Halibut enforcement

Enforcement Snapshot: Charter Halibut Fishing
Many visitors to Alaska look forward to the experience of charter halibut fishing. But there are specific rules and regulations in place to ensure the sustainability of the halibut fishery. Learn how NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement works to increase compliance and take enforcement action when necessary.

West Coast


Orca J50

Assessing Condition of Southern Resident Orcas
Biologists, veterinarians, and whale experts are working to assess J50, a juvenile female Southern Resident killer whale that has been observed to be in poor condition. NOAA Fisheries has been working with partners to address the main threats to these whales. This page will track updates on J50 and also J35, the female orca whose calf died shortly after birth.


Pacific Islands


Bigeye tuna illustration

Proposed Bigeye Tuna Limits – Open for Comment
By August 23, please submit your comments on proposed 2018 limits on longline-caught bigeye tuna for each of the three U.S. Pacific territories (American Samoa, Guam, and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.) The proposed measures are identical to those that we have implemented annually since 2014.




Shellfish Initiative

North Carolina Launches Shellfish Initiative
Last week, North Carolina became the sixth state in the nation to launch a state Shellfish Initiative, modeled after NOAA’s National Shellfish Initiative, which aims to demonstrate the social, economic, and environmental importance of shellfish. North Carolina’s program prioritizes four goals: job creation, protection of water quality, protection of shellfish health, and sustainable management.


North Breton monitoring

Monitoring Kicks Off at North Breton Island
Natural Resource Trustees staff and partners working to restore bird habitat on Louisiana’s North Breton Island recently began testing the island’s sand and monitoring its invertebrates in preparation for the upcoming construction phase. The island’s restoration is one part of a $318 million Louisiana Outer Coast Restoration Project.


South Atlantic Council logo

South Atlantic Council Seeks Panel Applicants
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council seeks applicants for open seats on six advisory panels, as well as fishing representatives to serve on the System Management Plan Workgroup. Advisory panel members serve 3-year terms and provide guidance on fishery management plans. Applications are due August 22.


Red Grouper illustration

Gulf Council Seeks Information on Red Grouper
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council would like to better understand red grouper populations in the Gulf of Mexico. The Council invites anglers and divers to fill out a questionnaire by August 31 to help inform an upcoming stock assessment.

Greater Atlantic


Sea Scallop close-up

2019–2020 Scallop Research – Call for Proposals
NOAA Fisheries announced a call for proposals for Atlantic sea scallop research support under a program unique to Northeast fishery management—the Research Set-Aside Program.  Projects selected through the competition are awarded fishing quota rather than dollars, and they use the proceeds to fund their research. Proposals are due October 1.

Beaufort Sea

NOAA Researcher Brings Acoustics Expertise to Beaufort Sea Fisheries Survey
This month, acoustics researcher Jennifer Johnson from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center will join a multi-institution research team on the Beaufort Shelf Break Ecology cruise. Johnson will apply experience she has gained on mid-water trawling surveys aboard NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow to gather fisheries data on board the University of Alaska’s R/V Sikuliaq.


Science Stroll

Woods Hole Science Stroll Is This Saturday
NOAA will join more than a dozen organizations in
Woods Hole, Massachusetts, this Saturday, August 11, in offering exhibits, demonstrations, hands-on displays, and children’s activities during the 2018 Woods Hole Science Stroll.

Memorial Park

New Hampshire Park Honors NOAA Fisheries Agent
In July, the residents of Newmarket, New Hampshire, named the Schoppmeyer Memorial Park in honor of NOAA Fisheries Special Agent Christopher Schoppmeyer. Chris, who passed away from cancer in 2016, had a long career dedicated to safeguarding the environment through state and federal law enforcement.


August 9 and 14
Two public scoping webinars on snapper-grouper for-hire permit modifications, hosted by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.

August 11
Woods Hole Science Stroll, a free family-friendly event, in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

August 13–16
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council meeting in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

August 14
Spanish language webinar on the Seafood Import Monitoring Program.

August 14 and 21
Two free Protected Species Safe Handling, Identification, and Release workshops in New York and Texas.

August 15 and 16
Two public scoping webinars on yellowtail snapper accountability measures, hosted by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.

August 20–23
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting in Corpus Christi, Texas.

August 23
Free Atlantic Shark Identification workshop in Ronkonkoma, New York.

August 30–November 9
Top NOAA leaders will conduct public conferences around the nation about the Department of Commerce 2018-2022 Strategic Plan.

September 5 and 19
Two free Protected Species Safe Handling, Identification, and Release workshops in Florida and Rhode Island.

September 5–6
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel meeting in Silver Spring, Maryland.

September 10–12
NOAA’s General Modeling Meeting and Fair in College Park, Maryland.




August 15
Applications due for membership on the three regional Marine Mammal Scientific Review Groups.

August 22
Applications due for open seats on South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Advisory Panels and System Management Plan Workgroup.

August 24
Applications due for a Fishery Analyst/Economist position with the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

September 20
Proposals due for the 2019–2021 Atlantic Herring Research Set-Aside Program.

October 1
Proposals due for the 2019–2020 Atlantic Sea Scallop Research Set-Aside Program.

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