How Do I?
- Apply for a fishing permit?
- Check on my fishing permit application status?
- Apply for research grants?
- Check the status of current landings and annual catch limits?
- Find information about current and developing regulations?
- Report a dead or injured whale or dolphin?
- Report a dead, injured or entangled sea turtle?
- Initiate Consultation under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act?
~ Don't Feed The Wild Dolphins PSA ~
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 assistance...read 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 to....read 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 side....read 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, FL....read 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 mid-April....read 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 dolphins...read 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 fishers....read more
NOAA Fisheries announces: morbillivirus outbreak reaches Florida
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 Florida.....read more
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 Diversion.....read more
- 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
Open For Comment
Open For Comment
- NOAA Seeks Public Comment for a Proposed Rule to List Nassau Grouper as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act - Comment Period Ends December 31, 2014
- Control Date for the Gulf of Mexico Grouper/Tilefish Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program - Comment Period Ends January 7, 2015
- NOAA Fisheries Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Actions to Modify Catch Limits for Snapper-Grouper Species and Gray Triggerfish Management Measures