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U.S. Caribbean Fishery Independent Survey Workshop

NOAA Fisheries convened a workshop at the Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Miami September 16-18, 2014 to describe and evaluate fishery independent monitoring programs in the US Caribbean for applicability to stock assessment. Over 35 regional experts from ~10 different entities (Federal, territorial, university and private) participated…read more

Southeast Region Electronic Monitoring and Reporting Implementation Plan Available for Public Comment

There is a growing need for more timely and accurate data for fisheries management and science. Recognizing the growing demands for data collection, NOAA Fisheries has drafted a regional electronic monitoring and electronic reporting implementation plan for the Southeast Region and is requesting public comments on the plan through February 9, more

Tips lead to break in the case of a dolphin found dead, shot with a hunting arrow in Northern Gulf of Mexico

NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement positively identified a juvenile who admitted to shooting a bottlenose dolphin with a hunting arrow in Florida state waters. That dolphin was found dead more than a week later in Orange Beach, Ala.

NOAA federal agents requested more

First right whales of season spotted off Georgia coast

The mom/calf pair were spotted Saturday, Dec. 13 by a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission aerial survey team east of Cumberland Island, GA. The mom is a known right whale. She is 24 years old. This is her fifth documented calf. Her last calf was born in 2009.

Photo credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken under NOAA permit #15488

Reward increases to $20,000 for Alabama case of dolphin killed with hunting arrow

The reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person (s) responsible for killing a bottlenose dolphin in Orange Beach, Ala., with a hunting arrow has increased to $20,000. Several organizations contributed more

NOAA seeks tips on dolphin killed with hunting arrow in Orange Beach, Alabama

NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement is investigating a second human related dolphin death in the Northern Gulf of Mexico in just two weeks. Another dolphin stranded dead - this time with a hunting arrow in its more

NOAA seeks information on pregnant dolphin found dead on Miramar Beach, Florida

NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement is investigating the case involving a pregnant bottlenose dolphin found dead on Miramar Beach in Choctawatchee Bay, more

NOAA Fisheries alerts mariners, right whales are on the move

The endangered species travels south for the winter. This time every year, marine biologists with NOAA Fisheries, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission remind all mariners that North Atlantic right whale calving season begins in mid-November and runs through more

Dolphin Harassment Continues in Florida Panhandle, Tour Boat Operator Fined

On July 8, 2014, an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrative Law Judge upheld a fine issued by NOAA’s Office of General Counsel, Enforcement Section, and assessed a civil penalty of $4,500 on a Panama City business and its boat captain for their role in feeding wild more  

Marine Outreach and Education USVI Style: Don't Stop Talking Fish Initiative 

To address a critical need to capture, document, showcase and celebrate USVI fisheries heritage and culture the Caribbean Fishery Management Council, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program and Sea Grant Puerto Rico, in collaboration with other local and regional partners of the Marine Outreach and Education USVI Style Initiative: “Don’t Stop Talking Fish” project are in the process of coordinating a fisheries-based cultural event with focus to build awareness and appreciation for fisheries resources, habitat and more

NOAA Fisheries announces: morbillivirus outbreak reaches Florida

Image of Dolphin UME

NOAA Fisheries experts provide update on dolphin unusual mortality event along the east coast. According to experts the morbillivirus killing hundreds of bottlenose dolphins along the east coast has now reach more

For more on why animals strand click here. For more on bottlenose dolphins click here

Listen to press conference held Nov. 8.

Cape Fear River Partnership
Agencies and communities work together to protect valuable marine resources

The Cape Fear River once supported thriving migratory fish populations including American shad, sturgeon, river herring, American eel, and striped bass. NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office has worked to restore these populations for nearly 20 years.  Installation of a rock-arch ramp, completed this year allowing upstream migrating fish to pass beyond the lowermost dam and into historical spawning grounds, shows close coordination between the Regional Office’s Protected Resources and Habitat Conservation Divisions linking stewardship authorities to accomplish successful fish passage. NOAA's conservation experts consulting on public works projects created a "win-win" scenario for the Port of Wilmington, the local community and the valuable marine resources.

The Cape Fear River Partnership is the next step in restoring this basin.  The partnership’s “Cape Fear River Basin Action Plan for Migratory Fish” identifies actions aimed at further improving habitat for migrating fishes.  The action plan was developed by federal, state, local, academic, private, and other organizations that recognize the economic, ecological, social, and cultural importance of migratory fish in the Cape Fear River basin and strengthens the Regional Office's many years of effort in the basin.

Funding for this project was provided by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Mississippi River Freshwater Diversions in Southern Louisiana: Effects on Wetland Vegetation, Soils and Elevation

A Position Paper by the Technical Panel from the Workshop on Response of
Louisiana Marsh Soils and Vegetation to more

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NOAA Fisheries seeks comments on proposed revisions to the National Standard guidelines for federal fisheries management
Tips lead to break in the case of a dolphin shot with a hunting arrow
NOAA seeks tips on dolphin killed with hunting arrow in Orange Beach, Alabama
NOAA issues Atlantic tuna management measures
NOAA seeks information on pregnant dolphin found dead on Miramar Beach, Florida
NOAA Fisheries alerts mariners, right whales are on the move
Sixth Annual Right Whale Festival Set for November 15
NOAA awards $2.7 million to rescue stranded marine mammals and investigate health problems
NOAA Fisheries files draft recovery plan for elkhorn and staghorn corals
NOAA lists 20 coral species as threatened under the Endangered Species Act
NOAA Releases 185 Florida loggerhead sea turtles into the wild
NOAA predicts below-average season for commercial harvest of brown shrimp in western Gulf of Mexico
U.S. Commerce Department announces 2014 regional fishery council appointments
Two new NOAA reports show strong economic gains from fishing, continued improvement in fish stocks
NOAA Fisheries to develop national policy on recreational fishing
Florida and Mississippi fisheries to receive more than $17 million in fishery disaster relief funds
NOAA seeks information on dead dolphin found off Dupont Point, Alabama