Deep Sea Coral Protection Area Designated Off Virginia Coast

NOAA Fisheries recently published the final rule for a Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) action to designate a large offshore marine protected area for deep sea corals in the Mid-Atlantic. MAFMC approved the Deep Sea Corals Amendment to the Mackerel, … Continued

Virginia Fisherman Identification Program Hotline Discontinued

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) recently announced that the agency’s Fisherman Identification Program (FIP) toll free operator assisted registration service has been discontinued due to budget constraints. All anglers required to register in FIP must register for themselves online, … Continued

Virginia Cobia Public Information Document (PID) Public Hearings

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Virginia has scheduled a hearing to gather public comment on the Public Information Document (PID) for the Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Cobia. The hearing is scheduled for: Virginia Marine Resources Commission December 6, 2016; 6 PM 2600 Washington … Continued

2016 Flounder – Black Sea Bass Regional Management

The ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Board recently approved Addendum XXVII to the Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan. The Addendum continues the use of regional management for the 2016 summer flounder and … Continued

Saltwater Angler Registry Fee Increase

NOAA Fisheries (NMFS) has established an annual fee of $29 for registration of anglers, spear fishermen, and for-hire fishing vessels to register under the National Saltwater Angler Registry Program. NMFS completed its biennial review and determined that the annual registration … Continued