Atlantic HMS Recreational and Commercial Fishery Compliance Guides

Updated Atlantic HMS Recreational and Commercial Fishery Compliance Guides are now available. The new guides are designed to help fishermen comply with federal regulations for tunas, swordfish, sharks, and billfishes in the U.S. Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Carribean. The … Continued

Atlantic Ocean Tropical Tuna Tagging Program – AOTTP

Over a five year period, the Atlantic Ocean Tropical Tuna Tagging Program (AOTTP) aims to partner with scientists and commercial and recreational tuna fishermen to tag at least 120,000 tropical tuna with conventional and/or electronic tags throughout the Atlantic. The … Continued

HMS Tournament Reporting Requirements

Beginning January 1, 2019, all Atlantic highly migratory species (HMS) tournaments will be required to submit catch summaries, according to NOAA Fisheries. An Atlantic highly migratory species (HMS) tournament is a tournament that awards points or prizes for catching Atlantic … Continued

Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund Oyster Reef Grants

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In Virginia, three oyster restoration projects will include reef ball construction, oyster reef construction, oyster planting, and other efforts. Oyster restoration sites will be located four tributaries; Lynnhaven River, Lynnhaven River Western Branch , Carter’s Creek, and Urbanna Creek. The … Continued

2018 Virginia Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass Survey

Preliminary results from the 2018 Juvenile Striped Bass Seine Survey, conducted by researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), suggest an average year class of young-of-year striped bass was produced in Virginia tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay in … Continued