UMaine to Conduct First National Assessment of Seafood Marketing Practices

March 6, 2023 University of Maine

The University of Maine, with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and NOAA Fisheries, is launching the first-ever national assessment of seafood marketing practices in the United States. The American Seafood Harvesters Marketing Practices Survey aims to bring attention to the role that seafood harvesters play in the nation’s food systems and, eventually, inform future investments in the sector. 

Revised Reporting Requirements for Federally Permitted Seafood Dealers and Federally Permitted For-Hire Operators and Assistance for Fishermen Impacted by Hurricanes Fiona and Ian

October 10, 2022 NOAA Fisheries

For those who do not have access to electronic reporting, Federal regulations provide for delayed reporting by federally permitted for-hire vessels and individual fishing quota (IFQ) paper-based reporting in the event of catastrophic conditions. These regulations require NOAA Fisheries to determine when the catastrophic conditions exist, the duration of the catastrophic conditions, and which participants or geographic areas are affected.  Participants must continue to use the electronic systems if it is accessible. 

Request for Comments: Proposed Rule to List Queen Conch as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act

September 8, 2022 NOAA Fisheries

NOAA Fisheries announced a proposed rule to list the queen conch as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). After completing a comprehensive status review, taking into account efforts being made to protect the species, we have determined that the queen conch is likely to become an endangered species within the foreseeable future throughout its range

Federal Waters off Texas Close to Shrimping

May 16, 2022 NOAA Fisheries

NOAA Fisheries announces federal waters from 9 to 200 nautical miles off Texas will close to shrimp trawling 30 minutes after official sunset, local time, on May 15, 2022, corresponding to the time Texas closes its state waters to shrimp trawling.

NOAA Fisheries Announces Changes to Catch Levels, Sector Allocations, Accountability Measures, and Management Measures for Dolphin and Wahoo Fishery of the Atlantic

April 7, 2022 NOAA Fisheries

NOAA Fisheries announces the final rule for Amendment 10 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Dolphin and Wahoo Fishery of the Atlantic (Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10).  Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10 and the final rule will revise the acceptable biological catch, annual catch limits, sector allocations, accountability measures, and management measures for dolphin and wahoo.