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Violence against dolphins in Northern Gulf Continues

NOAA Enforcement seeks tips after a dolphin is found dead with bullet in it off Okaloosa Island
NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement in Niceville, Fla., is investigating a case involving a dolphin found late 
Monday afternoon with a bullet lodged in its shoulder. 
Click to read full press release
Photo credit: Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge


NOAA Announces New Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Annual Catch Limits, Annual Catch Targets, and the 2016 Red Snapper Recreational Seasons

NOAA provides notification of the final rule for Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Amendment 28 and the 2016 private angling and federal for-hire red snapper fishing seasons......read more.


U.S. fisheries continue to rebuild; number of overfished stocks remains near all-time low
Total number of rebuilt U.S. marine fish stocks since 2000 rises to 39

The number of domestic fish stocks listed as overfished or subject to overfishing remain near all-time lows, according to the 2015 Status of U.S. Fisheries report to Congress.....click to read full press release

Click to see the entire Status of the Stocks report for 2015


Conservation efforts for Florida, Pacific coast green sea turtles working, agencies say

Those populations improving--now considered threatened, not endangered

Two federal agencies today issued a final rule [link to FR] that will revise the listing for green sea turtles under the Endangered Species Act, including reclassifying turtles originating from two breeding populations from endangered to threatened status due to successful conservation efforts....click to read full press release


Recreational fishing closure for Atlantic (Georgia to New York) Group Cobia

The recreational harvest of Atlantic migratory group cobia will be closed in federal waters from Georgia to New York at 12:01 a.m. on June 20, 2016....read more


NOAA expands critical habitat for endangered North Atlantic right whales

Using new information not previously available, NOAA Fisheries is expanding critical habitat for endangered North Atlantic right whales to cover its northeast feeding areas in the Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank region and southeast calving grounds from North Carolina to Florida...read more

A mother North Atlantic right whale and her calf. NOAA Fisheries is expanding critical habitat for these endangered animals. (Photo Credit: NOAA)


NOAA expands opportunities for U.S. aquaculture

Groundbreaking rule opens the door for seafood farming in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico NOAA filed a final rule today implementing the nation’s first comprehensive regulatory program for aquaculture in federal waters....read more

Caption: Royal Bream raises in a floating net in Marseille, France. This represents one type of farming technology that could work in the Gulf. Credit: Giles Lemarchand


NOAA and Partners Celebrate 5 Years of Science in the Sun

The St. Petersburg Science Festival is Back Oct. 17 and FREE to the public.  Fighting robots, a tiny shark, MAD scientists, a sea turtle hurdle, a life size right whale calf and looking at cool stuff under microscopes and through telescopes is what makes our science so much fun!....read more


Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2016 - 2020

NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office’s Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2016-2020 considers NOAA Fisheries core mandates in the context of current fiscal conditions. The plan is not intended to capture everything that SERO will accomplish during the 5-year planning period....read more


Shrimp Fishery to Re-Open Off Texas on July 15, 2015

NOAA Fisheries announces federal waters off Texas will open to shrimp trawling at 30 minutes after official sunset July 15...read more


NOAA Predicts Below-Average Season for Commercial Harvest of Brown Shrimp in Western Gulf of Mexico

The harvest of brown shrimp in the western Gulf of Mexico is expected to be 42.8 million pounds, which is below the historical 54-year average of 56.5 million pounds....read more


The recent shark attacks along the Carolinas have prompted a lot of questions. On July 8, our shark expert, Dr. William "Trey" Driggers, answered your questions live. If you missed the conversation, but want to learn more please click here to go to Reddit. For some of our most frequently asked questions about sharks, please click here.


Cape Fear Fishway - Removing Barriers to Upstream Habitat

NOAA Fisheries was involved in the design, study, and construction of a fishway at a dam which had been blocking access to historical spawning grounds on the Cape Fear River...read more


The Port of Charleston, Making Room for More Cargo

NOAA Fisheries consults on essential fish habitat for the proposed construction of a marine container where ships deliver cargo from around the world to the U.S. navy base located in Charleston, SC. Read More...


Rebirth of the Bahia Grande: Partners Working Together to Restore an Estuary

A sea of partners are working together to restore the Bahia Grande estuary. The effort began in 2000 when the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge acquired 21,700 acres of land between the towns of Laguna Vista and Brownsville, Texas. Read more...


Tampa Bay, Florida, Meets Seagrass Recover Goal - A Partnership Approach to Habitat Conservation

Seagrasses are marine flowering plants which grow in shallow water areas and require clean water to flourish. Economically and ecologically important fish and shellfish species such as groupers, snappers, and shrimp use seagrass as nursery habitat and hunting grounds...read more


The Bayou Grand Liard Ridge and Marsh Project

The Bayou Grand Liard Ridge and Marsh project is intended to restore both structural and habitat functions of bayou and its associated flanking marshes located west of the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana....read more


More than 50 endangered sea turtles set for release back into the wild

On Wednesday May 27, NOAA Fisheries, the Houston Zoo and Moody Gardens will release 51 sea turtles at Stewart Beach in Galveston, Texas. Forty-nine of the turtles are Kemp’s ridleys and were part of a group brought in last December after suffering from the cold in Cape Cod, New England....read more


Dolphin SMART® welcomes two new Florida businesses dedicated to conservation of dolphins in coastal waterways

NOAA Fisheries and its partners welcome Odyssey Cruises and Captain Dennis Wilson Charters to Dolphin SMART - a unique wild dolphin conservation program. Dolphin SMART recognizes businesses that responsibly advertise and view wild dolphins and educate their patrons on dolphin conservation....read more


A Glimpse at the World of Fishermen in Puerto Rico: A Global Perspective

A Glimpse at the World of Fishermen...presents guidelines about fishing development in Puerto Rico and its future possibilities. By analyzing several socioeconomic, environmental, and fisheries' studies, as well as the author's own research, this document offers suggestions and recommendations about critical aspects that must be considered by every entity and by everyone involved in fishing, most notably: universities, local and federal governments, scientists, the private sector, and the fishermen....read more


NOAA publishes final recovery plan for threatened corals

NOAA Fisheries is publishing a recovery plan for elkhorn and staghorn corals. The plan identifies criteria that, when met, will allow the coral species to be removed from the list of threatened species under the Endangered Species Act  (ESA). .....read more
 


Orange County Brothers Guilty of Killing Bottlenose Dolphin in Cow Bayou, Texas

Two Bridge City, Texas brothers have pleaded guilty to federal wildlife violations after they shot at several dolphins, killing one,  while they were fishing. The Department of Justice issued a press release outlining the case..... read more


NEW RESOURCE: Snapshots of Human Communities and Fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic

These Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishing Community Snapshots provide the most recent data available for key indicators for Southeastern fishing communities related to dependence on fisheries and other economic and demographic characteristics...read more


Interview with a Scientist: Saving the Bumphead Parrotfish

They are unique looking and the largest of all the parrotfish in the world. Now a new publication outlines research being done on the reproduction habits of the bumphead parrotfish in order to protect and conserve the species. Click here for more with fishery expert, Dr. Roldan Munoz and his recent work featured in PeerJ.

Photo: Dr. Munoz studies bumphead parrotfish


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, 2015...read 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 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

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 Florida.....read 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 Diversion.....read more


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05/11/2016
Violence against dolphins in the Northern Gulf continues
04/20/2016
U.S. fisheries continue to rebuild; number of overfished stocks remains near all-time low
04/05/2016
Conservation efforts for Florida, Pacific coast green sea turtles working, agencies say
01/26/2016
NOAA expands critical habitat for endangered North Atlantic right whales
01/15/2016
NOAA expands opportunities for U.S. aquaculture
11/17/2015
NOAA Sponsors Seventh Annual Right Whale Festival
11/09/2015
NOAA Fisheries alerts boaters that right whales are migrating near the coast
08/06/2015
NOAAs Office of Law Enforcement seeks tips on illegal killing of endangered smalltooth sawfish in Fort Lauderdale, FL
08/05/2015
Dolphin SMART® recognizes another Florida business dedicated to conservation of dolphins in coastal waterways
08/05/2015
Public input sought on restoring Cape Fear River natural resources near Wilmington
07/17/2015
NOAA law enforcement seeking tips on severly injured dolphin in John's Pass, FL
07/01/2015
NOAA predicts below-average season for commercial harvest of brown shrimp in western Gulf of Mexico
06/25/2015
NOAA announces more than $25 million in grants to improve fishing opportunities, observations, resiliency and sustainability
06/24/2015
NOAA releases nearly 200 Florida loggerhead sea turtles into the wild
06/23/2015
Defendant Sentenced in Endangered Species Case
06/19/2015
U.S. Commerce Department announces 2015 regional fishery council appointments
05/21/2015
More than 50 endangered sea turtles set for release back into the wild
05/20/2015
Dolphin SMART® welcomes two new Florida businesses dedicated to conservation of dolphins in coastal waterways
05/05/2015
NOAA kicks off updating the recreational fishing effort survey