2017 NOAA SAFE Report

NOAA Fisheries has released its 2017 Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) Report for Atlantic Highly Migratory Species. The 2017 SAFE report reviews the status of highly migratory Atlantic tunas, swordfish, billfishes, and sharks. The report also updates constituents on … Continued

Virginia State Record Gray Triggerfish

A 6-pound 12-ounce gray triggerfish has been certified as the initial Virginia State Record for the species by the Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament. The record-setting triggerfish was caught on November 1, 2017 by Dave Walden of Yorktown, VA. The fish … Continued

2017 Atlantic Cobia Recreational Fishing Closure (Federal Waters)

In January, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC) announced a closure of recreational harvests of cobia in Federal waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Recreational harvest of Atlantic migratory group cobia (from Georgia to New York) closed at 12:01 a.m. … Continued

2016 CBF State of the Bay Report

The latest Chesapeake Bay Foundation State of the Bay Report rated the estuaries’ over health higher, with an overall score of 34 (C-). The CBF report cites continued implementation of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint and below average rainfall as factors that … Continued

New Virginia Saltwater Recreational Fishing Regulations (cobia, grouper, striped bass, tilefish)

Anglers fishing in Virginia will be subject to new regulations for 4 species sport fish: cobia, grouper, striped bass, and tilefish. In December, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) voted to require recreational anglers to file catch reports in 2017 for … Continued

2017 ASMFC Summer Flounder Fishery Meeting

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Board is seeking public comments regarding Draft Addendum XXVIII to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass. Addendum … Continued