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Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of October 26th: fall meeting highlights, new fishing records, and a scientif...
10/26/2021

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of October 26th: fall meeting highlights, new fishing records, and a scientific journal for kids! Read the newsletter here: https://conta.cc/3EjjQhj

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of October 26th: fall meeting highlights, new fishing records, and a scientific journal for kids! Read the newsletter here: https://conta.cc/3EjjQhj

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of October 13th: Tips for healthy oyster eating, MRIP data user seminars, and...
10/13/2021

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of October 13th: Tips for healthy oyster eating, MRIP data user seminars, and the 2021 lionfish challenge winners! Read the newsletter here: https://conta.cc/3lD4uh1

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of October 13th: Tips for healthy oyster eating, MRIP data user seminars, and the 2021 lionfish challenge winners! Read the newsletter here: https://conta.cc/3lD4uh1

10/08/2021
2021 Fall Meeting Webinar - Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission

The final agenda and meeting materials for the Commission's Fall Meeting (October 18-21) are now available at http://www.asmfc.org/home/2021-fall-meeting-webinar

The agenda is subject to change. Bulleted items represent the anticipated major issues to be discussed or acted upon at the meeting. The final agenda will include additional items and may revise the bulleted items provided below. The agenda reflects the current estimate of time required for schedule...

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the Week of October 6th: NEFMC award of excellence, new northern shrimp study, and sev...
10/06/2021

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the Week of October 6th: NEFMC award of excellence, new northern shrimp study, and seven superpowered sharks! Read the newsletter here: https://conta.cc/3my9K4X

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the Week of October 6th: NEFMC award of excellence, new northern shrimp study, and seven superpowered sharks! Read the newsletter here: https://conta.cc/3my9K4X

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of September 21: Free fishing days in VA, state record golden tilefish in NC,...
09/21/2021

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of September 21: Free fishing days in VA, state record golden tilefish in NC, and the best ocean photos of the year! Read the newsletter here: https://conta.cc/3hUo1Y0

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of September 21: Free fishing days in VA, state record golden tilefish in NC, and the best ocean photos of the year! Read the newsletter here: https://conta.cc/3hUo1Y0

Congratulations to past ASMFC Commissioner David Cupka for receiving South Carolina's highest civilian honor: the Order ...
09/15/2021

Congratulations to past ASMFC Commissioner David Cupka for receiving South Carolina's highest civilian honor: the Order of the Palmetto. David remains one of ASMFC's longest serving members, having represented South Carolina on the Commission for nearly 30 years.

Check out this great story map from NOAA Fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation on Reopening Rivers to Migratory Fish ...
09/13/2021
Reopening Rivers to Migratory Fish in the Northeast

Check out this great story map from NOAA Fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation on Reopening Rivers to Migratory Fish in the Northeast -- https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/c7dfb5ea18da4c7db9eb77848b827b6f

Every year, millions of fish along the Atlantic coast migrate up rivers and streams to reproduce or spend part of their lives. But they are often blocked from completing their journeys by barriers such as dams and culverts. NOAA Fisheries works to reopen these migratory pathways, restoring access to...

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of September 7th: record breaking eel migration in MD, citizen science opport...
09/07/2021

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of September 7th: record breaking eel migration in MD, citizen science opportunity in DE, and how oysters stop floods! Read the newsletter here: https://conta.cc/2WVlLJ3

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of September 7th: record breaking eel migration in MD, citizen science opportunity in DE, and how oysters stop floods! Read the newsletter here: https://conta.cc/2WVlLJ3

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of August 31st: a fishing game for kids, six ways to keep shark fishing susta...
08/31/2021

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of August 31st: a fishing game for kids, six ways to keep shark fishing sustainable, and Scuba Diving's best underwater photos! Read the newsletter here: https://conta.cc/3mJOM4O

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of August 31st: a fishing game for kids, six ways to keep shark fishing sustainable, and Scuba Diving's best underwater photos! Read the newsletter here: https://conta.cc/3mJOM4O

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of August 24th: Hudson River fish count, NOAA bycatch report, and two new boo...
08/24/2021

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of August 24th: Hudson River fish count, NOAA bycatch report, and two new books about the deep sea! Read the newsletter here: https://conta.cc/3zihlJX

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of August 24th: Hudson River fish count, NOAA bycatch report, and two new books about the deep sea! Read the newsletter here: https://conta.cc/3zihlJX

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of August 17th: climate change scenario planning, NH awards of excellence, an...
08/17/2021

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of August 17th: climate change scenario planning, NH awards of excellence, and shortnose sturgeon research in NY! Read the newsletter here: https://conta.cc/3k55Ij8

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of August 17th: climate change scenario planning, NH awards of excellence, and shortnose sturgeon research in NY! Read the newsletter here: https://conta.cc/3k55Ij8

Kudos to ASMFC Commissioner Ritchie White from NH for being awarded the NH F&G's Ellis R. Hatch Jr. Commission Award of ...
08/16/2021
New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission Announces 2020 Awards of Excellence

Kudos to ASMFC Commissioner Ritchie White from NH for being awarded the NH F&G's Ellis R. Hatch Jr. Commission Award of Excellence for his active and staunch support of New Hampshire’s natural resources and habitats, and the constituency that utilize those
natural resources. Read more here - https://nhfishgame.com/2021/08/11/new-hampshire-fish-and-game-commission-announces-2020-awards-of-excellence/

CONTACT:Tanya Haskell – (603) 271-3511Nicola Whitley – (603) 271-3211August 11, 2021 Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission has honored several individuals with the 2020 Commissio…

Check out the announcement below about an initiative being undertaken by ASMFC, the New England, Mid-Atlantic and South ...
08/16/2021

Check out the announcement below about an initiative being undertaken by ASMFC, the New England, Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils and NOAA Fisheries involving scenario planning for a changing climate.

Please note all three webinars will present the same information so you only need to register for one.

Save the date! Join us for the East Coast Climate Change Scenario Planning—a new project led by representatives from the New England Fishery Management Council, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and NOAA Fisheries Service. Starting on August 30, 2021, the team will host a series of kick-off webinars aimed to help fishing communities and fishery managers prepare for an era of climate change. During the webinars participants will learn about climate change scenario planning, the benefits to participating in the planning process, other ways to become involved, and more. Registration is required and advance registration is strongly encouraged. To learn more, please visit: https://bit.ly/3stteu8.

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of August 10th: Summer meeting highlights, FL redfish summit, and meet an oys...
08/10/2021

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of August 10th: Summer meeting highlights, FL redfish summit, and meet an oyster shucking master! Read the newsletter here: https://conta.cc/2VHFknn

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of August 10th: Summer meeting highlights, FL redfish summit, and meet an oyster shucking master! Read the newsletter here: https://conta.cc/2VHFknn

08/08/2021

Fish vs fishes. The more you know... 🌈⭐️

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of August 3rd: young environmentalists in DE, new swordfish record in MD, and...
08/03/2021

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of August 3rd: young environmentalists in DE, new swordfish record in MD, and the talented women behind marine science art! Read the newsletter here: https://conta.cc/3jAthjR

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of August 3rd: young environmentalists in DE, new swordfish record in MD, and the talented women behind marine science art! Read the newsletter here: https://conta.cc/3jAthjR

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of July 20th: electronic vessel trip reporting, MA DMF updates, and 2 podcast...
07/21/2021

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of July 20th: electronic vessel trip reporting, MA DMF updates, and 2 podcast episodes about sharks & MISS! Read the newsletter here: https://conta.cc/3hUn2HV

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of July 20th: electronic vessel trip reporting, MA DMF updates, and 2 podcast episodes about sharks & MISS! Read the newsletter here: https://conta.cc/3hUn2HV

Fish and Wildlife Administrator
07/10/2021
Fish and Wildlife Administrator

Fish and Wildlife Administrator

This position is the Assistant Regional Director - Fish and Aquatic Conservation, GS-0480-15, located in Hadley, MA. This position is also open to status candidates under announcement R5-21-11160176-RR-MP. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered unde...

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the Week of July 6th: FL lionfish challenge, NC seeking striped bass advisors, and the...
07/07/2021

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the Week of July 6th: FL lionfish challenge, NC seeking striped bass advisors, and the most sustainable food options! Read the newsletter here: https://conta.cc/3xnIWbD

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the Week of July 6th: FL lionfish challenge, NC seeking striped bass advisors, and the most sustainable food options! Read the newsletter here: https://conta.cc/3xnIWbD

07/05/2021

Scientists from the University of Michigan have developed an innovative way to use NASA satellite data to track the movement of tiny pieces of plastic in the ocean! Data from NASA's Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) typically provides information about the strength of hurricanes by using a constellation of eight small satellites that measure wind speed and radars that measure ocean roughness. Because microplastics can be carried hundreds or thousands of miles away from their source by ocean currents, this can be used as a tool to track them from space!

Especially important for this holiday weekend since lots of debris from fireworks end up in the ocean. If you see any leftover debris, be sure to pick it up! Hope everyone had a safe Fourth of July!

Wishing you all a safe and happy July Fourth Weekend.
07/02/2021

Wishing you all a safe and happy July Fourth Weekend.

Wave that flag, wave it wide and high!

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of June 29th: shell recycling in NJ, an Atlantic salmon animation, and squid ...
06/30/2021
Atlantic Coast Fisheries News | June 29, 2021

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of June 29th: shell recycling in NJ, an Atlantic salmon animation, and squid in space! Read the newsletter here: https://conta.cc/3hl7ds6

Shell Recycling in NJ, an Atlantic Salmon Animation, and Squid in Space! News Updates for The Week of June 29, 2021 Shell Recycling in NJ, an Atlantic Salmon Animation, and Squid in Space! View as Web

06/26/2021

Sharks never stop swimming for their entire lives! How do they do this and not get tired?! In order to extract enough oxygen from the water they need to keep moving, so how do they rest?

It was a puzzle to scientists, until a dive led by Yannis Papastamatiou of Florida International University observed a certain behavior from grey reef sharks at Fakarava Atoll in French Polynesia. Researchers noticed that the sharks were swimming against the updraft current in a certain channel, but were barely moving their fins or tails. They crept forward to the front of the channel, then would slip backwards, letting the current carry them back to the starting position - like a shark conveyor belt!

Using a biomechanical model, scientists found that surfing the updraft allowed sharks to conserve at least 15% of their normal swimming energy expenditure. With additional monitoring data, researchers were able to confirm that sharks do indeed choose to hang out in updraft currents during the day and adapt their position to best minimize energy expenditure.

Photo: NOAA Fisheries/Jeff Milisen

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of June 22nd: tips for finding a good fishing spot, new ERP story map, and a ...
06/22/2021

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of June 22nd: tips for finding a good fishing spot, new ERP story map, and a tuna sandwich mystery! Read the newsletter here: https://conta.cc/3zQvOO4

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of June 22nd: tips for finding a good fishing spot, new ERP story map, and a tuna sandwich mystery! Read the newsletter here: https://conta.cc/3zQvOO4

Check out ASMFC's first story map about its efforts to develop and implement ecological reference points (ERPs) for Atla...
06/22/2021
Understanding Ecological Reference Points

Check out ASMFC's first story map about its efforts to develop and implement ecological reference points (ERPs) for Atlantic menhaden! Scroll through photos and figures to better understand what ERPs are, how they are used in the management of menhaden, and how they work towards achieving ecosystem approaches to fisheries management.

https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/6b69018f0f264f61aaac5f1aba3bb5c0

Everything you need to know about the development of ERPs for Atlantic menhaden

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of June 15: stony coral tissue loss disease research in FL, a new infographic...
06/15/2021
Atlantic Coast Fisheries News | June 15, 2021

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of June 15: stony coral tissue loss disease research in FL, a new infographic from NOAA Fisheries, and cownose rays in the Chesapeake Bay! Read the newsletter here:

Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease Research in FL, a New Infographic from NOAA Fisheries, and Cownose Rays in the Chesapeake Bay! News Updates for The Week of June 15, 2021 Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disea

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of June 8th: national ocean month, shrimp season in GA, and gentrification pr...
06/09/2021
Atlantic Coast Fisheries News | June 8, 2021

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of June 8th: national ocean month, shrimp season in GA, and gentrification pressure in fishing communities! Read the newsletter here:

National Ocean Month, Shrimp Season in GA, and Gentrification Pressure in Fishing Communities! News Updates for The Week of June 8, 2021 National Ocean Month, Shrimp Season in GA, and Gentrification P

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of May 25th: billfishing in SC, new reports from NOAA, and singing humpbacks!...
05/25/2021
Atlantic Coast Fisheries News | May 25, 2021

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of May 25th: billfishing in SC, new reports from NOAA, and singing humpbacks! Read the newsletter here:

Billfishing in SC, New Reports from NOAA, and Singing Humpbacks! News Updates for The Week of May 25, 2021 Billfishing in SC, New Reports from NOAA, and Singing Humpbacks! View as Webpage Upcoming Me

Photos from USGS Eastern Ecological Science Center's post
05/23/2021

Photos from USGS Eastern Ecological Science Center's post

Great news for river herring from MA DMF.
05/20/2021

Great news for river herring from MA DMF.

Success! Recently, the new fishway at the Draka Dam on the Three Mile River opened in conjunction with river herring stocking efforts. DMF biologists eagerly monitored the fishway for indication of herring using the ladder, and happily snapped this photo with one of the first fish making the journey!
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A central role for DMF is helping sea-run fish migrate from the ocean to freshwater habitats. This work involves collaborative, large-scale fish passage and small-scale fish ladder, habitat improvements, and eel ramp construction projects.
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This work is funded in part through The Marine Recreational Fisheries Development Fund. All fees collected from the sale of recreational saltwater fishing permits are deposited in the Fund.

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of May 18th: solutions for invasive species, horseshoe crab season, and the s...
05/18/2021
Atlantic Coast Fisheries News | May 18, 2021

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of May 18th: solutions for invasive species, horseshoe crab season, and the secrets of betta fish! Read the newsletter here:

Solutions for Invasive Species, Horseshoe Crab Season, and the Secrets of Betta Fish! News Updates for The Week of May 18, 2021 Solutions for Invasive Species, Horseshoe Crab Season, and the Secrets o

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of May 11th: boating safety, quahog week in RI, and a rare sighting of a foot...
05/11/2021
Atlantic Coast Fisheries News | May 11, 2021

Atlantic Coast Fisheries News for the week of May 11th: boating safety, quahog week in RI, and a rare sighting of a football fish!

Boating Safety, Quahog Week in RI, and a Rare Sighting of a Football Fish! News Updates for The Week of May 11, 2021 Boating Safety, Quahog Week in RI, and a Rare Sighting of a Football Fish! View as

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