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NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule: Approval of New Gear Under Small-Mesh Fisheries Accountability Measures
NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Proposed Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Specs
NOAA Fisheries Announces Commercial Harvest Quotas for Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog
Update: Third North Atlantic Right Whale Mortality of 2018 Confirmed
NOAA Fisheries Announces Proposed Expansion to the Great South Channel and Southern New England Scallop Dredge Exemption Areas
NOAA Fisheries Announces 2019 Golden Tilefish Commercial Fishery Specifications
NOAA Fisheries Announces Commercial Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Commercial Accountability Measure Adjustments
NOAA Fisheries Announces Atlantic Herring Management Area 1B Sub-ACL Harvested
NOAA Fisheries Announces Proposed Measures to Modify Atlantic Mackerel In-Season Closure Provisions
NOAA Fisheries Approves Modifications to the Northeast Skate Complex Fishery Management Plan and 2018-2019 Quotas
NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Future Modification to the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan's Closure Areas
Scup Winter II Period Quota and Possession Limit Increase, Effective October 1
Seal Strandings in Southern Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts
Groundfish Sector At-Sea Monitoring Provider Applications Due October 1
Young Right Whale Likely Died from Entanglement
Proposed Rule, Request for Comments; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish; Amendment 20
Second North Atlantic Right Whale Mortality of 2018 Confirmed
NOAA Fisheries Awards More than $2.3 Million to 14 Projects under the 2018 Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program
NOAA Fisheries Reduces Sub-ACLs for Atlantic Herring Management Areas 1A, 1B, 2, and 3
Massachusetts Summer Flounder Fishery Closure Begins August 14
Illex Squid Directed Fishery Closes August 15
Comment Period Open on Proposed Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Commercial Accountability Measure Modifications
GARFO website will be down August 10 at 11pm for maintenance
NOAA Fisheries Approves Lease-Only Operations Plan for Sector 9, Amendment to Sector 7 Operations Plan, and Quota Allocations for Sectors 7 and 9
Fishing at 13 Artificial Reef Sites in New Jersey is Limited to Handline, Rod and Reel, and Spear Fishing
NOAA Fisheries Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Modifications to the Northeast Skate Complex Fishery Management Plan
New Voluntary Slow Speed Zone to Protect Right Whales Sighted 2 Nautical Miles South of Nantucket
NOAA Fisheries Announces 2018 Cost Recovery Fees for Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Cage Tags
NOAA Fisheries Announces Common Pool Area Closure for Gulf of Maine Haddock
NOAA Recommends Almost $9 Million in Funding for 38 Projects Across the Nation
NOAA Offers July 12 Webinar on How to Apply for Saltonstall-Kennedy Grants
Draft Northeast Regional Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management Implementation Plan Open for Comment
Correction to Atlantic Herring Fishery 2018 Annual Catch Limit Adjustment
Reports of Sperm Whale 90 nm off New York
Statement by the Head of the U.S. Delegation regarding the new regulatory measure for the West Greenland salmon fishery:
Final 2018 Quotas for Small-Mesh Multispecies
NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Future Reporting Requirements for the American Lobster Fishery
Interactive Map for Scallop Fishery Regulations Now Available
NOAA Fisheries Announces 2018 Recreational Rules for Summer Flounder, Black Sea Bass, and Scup
2019 Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Competition is Open
New Voluntary Slow Speed Zone to Protect Right Whales off Race Point
NOAA Fisheries Approves Monkfish Quota for 2018
Two New Voluntary Slow Speed Zones to Protect Right Whales 27 Miles East of Boston
Reminder to Skate Fishery: Barndoor Skates Still Prohibited, 2017 Quotas in Place
NOAA Fisheries Announces Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank Recreational Haddock and Cod Measures for 2018
NOAA Fisheries Sets 2018-2020 Catch Limits for Groundfish Stocks and Announces Other Management Measures for the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan
NOAA Fisheries Allocates Annual Catch Entitlements for 17 of 19 Groundfish Sectors for Fishing Year 2018
NOAA Fisheries Announces Closure of the Northern Gulf of Maine Scallop Management Area
New Voluntary Slow Speed Zone to Protect Right Whales South of Martha's Vineyard
NOAA Fisheries Announces Common Pool Area Closure for Gulf of Maine Cod
New Voluntary Slow Speed Zone to Protect Right Whales East of Boston
NOAA Fisheries Modifies the Scup Commercial Quota Periods
Management Measures Set for Scallop Fishery
New VMS Software Release Now Available
Fisheries Innovation Fund 2018 Request for Proposals
GIS Data for Habitat Omnibus Amendment 2 Now Available on our Website
NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Proposed Catch limits for the 2018-2020 Small-mesh Multispecies Fishery
NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Proposed 2018 Recreational Rules for Summer Flounder, Black Sea Bass, and Scup
NOAA Fisheries Announces the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Acceptable Biological Catch Omnibus Framework Adjustment
New Voluntary Slow Speed Zone to Protect Right Whales
NOAA Fisheries Announces Increase in Skate Wing Possession Limit for Remainder of 2017 Fishing Year
Extension of Voluntary Right Whale Speed Restriction Zone
NOAA Fisheries Announces New Habitat Management Measures for New England Fisheries
Seeking Comments: Summer Flounder Commercial Issues Amendment
Request for Proposals: Recreational fishing education, outreach, and conservation projects in SBNMS
NOAA Fisheries Sets Management Measures for 2018 Northern Gulf of Maine Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery
NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Proposed Annual Catch Entitlements for Groundfish Sectors for Fishing Year 2018
NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Proposed 2018 Groundfish Recreational Regulations in the Gulf of Maine and on Georges Bank
NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule: Framework 57 to the Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish) Fishery Management Plan
NOAA Fisheries Announces Transfer of Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic Yellowtail Flounder Quota from Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery to Groundfish Fishery
New Voluntary Right Whale Speed Restriction Zone Southwest of Nantucket
NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Control Date for the Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish) Charter/Party Fishery
Reminder: Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan Closures
NOAA Fisheries Initiates 5-Year Review for Endangered Atlantic Sturgeon, Requests Information
NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule for Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery for 2018 Fishing Year
Update for Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery: Default Measures in Place for Start of the Fishing Year
NOAA Fisheries Makes Changes to Simplify Administration of Golden Tilefish Fishery
NOAA Fisheries Announces Herring Possession Reduction for Midwater Trawl Vessels in Mid-Atlantic/Southern New England Catch Cap Closure Area
Notice for Mid-Atlantic Federal Permit Holders; Lobster Conservation Management Area 4 Seasonal Closure
Our Free eVTR App is Available for Online Reporting
NOAA Fisheries Announces Squid, Butterfish Quotas for 2018
NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Proposed Scup Commercial Quota Period Modifications
NOAA Fisheries Extends the Emergency Action to Removes the Southern Windowpane Flounder Accountability Measures for Non-Groundfish Trawl Vessels
NOAA Fisheries Announces Reduction to Mackerel Possession Limit for Rest of Fishing Year Effective February 27
Groundfish Days-at-Sea Leasing Deadline Extended to March 31
Workshop on Electronic Reporting of Vessel Trip Reports (eVTRs) for the For-Hire Sector this Saturday in Toms River, NJ
NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Proposed Scallop Measures for Northern Gulf of Maine
New Reporting Requirements for Charter/ Party Fleet Fishing for Species Managed by MAFMC
NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Proposed Special Management Zones for 13 New Jersey Artificial Reefs
NOAA Fisheries Announces Adjustments to the Atlantic Herring Management Area Annual Catch Limits for Fishing Year 2018
NOAA Fisheries Modifies Skate Fishery Management Plan to Reduce Risk of Skate Bait Fishery Closure
NOAA Upgrades Online Groundfish Trip Notification System
Reminder: Butterfish Regulations
GARFO Releases 2017 Year in Review Report
NOAA Fisheries Approves Atlantic Deep-Sea Red Crab Quota for 2018
New England Fishery Management Council Recommends 2018 Recreational Measures for Cod/Haddock
Final Update on North Atlantic Right Whale off Virginia
NOAA Fisheries Announces February 2018 Recreational Season for Black Sea Bass
New Voluntary Right Whale Speed Restriction Zone off Virginia
Update on North Atlantic Right Whale off Virginia
Mid-Atlantic Council to Offer Training Workshops on Electronic Vessel Trip Reporting for the For-Hire Community
NOAA Fisheries is Investigating Report of Dead Entangled Right Whale off Virginia and Has Declared New Voluntary Slow Speed Zone for Right Whales in Mid-Atlantic
NOAA Fisheries Announces At-Sea Monitoring 2018 Coverage Levels for Groundfish Sector Fishery
Reminder to Atlantic Sea Scallop Vessels: Southern Windowpane Accountability Measure Effective in February West of 71° W. Long.
New Voluntary Right Whale Speed Restriction Zone South of Nantucket
NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Proposed February 2018 Recreational Black Sea Bass Fishery
January Edition of Our Regional NOAA Navigator Newsletter

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GARFO Stories

  • Volunter Pilots Fly Rescued Sea Turtles South - Volunteer pilots Ed Filangeri and co-pilot Chris Wernau flew 28 rescued sea turtles from Massachusetts to North Carolina on November 4.
  • International Year of the Salmon Launch Event - Join us for a fascinating lecture with Catherine Schmitt and the Honorable Madonna Soctomah on October 30 at the New England Aquarium!
  • Scalloper Trains GARFO Staff - On October 4 and 5, approximately 25 GARFO staff will escape their desks and emails to learn about the scallop fishery from people who know it well, New Bedford scallop fishermen.
  • Meet GARFO's Technical Assistance Team - Meet our top notch team of technical experts who are here to resolve issues you may experience while using our electronic services.
  • Dam Removal in Plymouth, MA Restores Habitat - This September, the final major step in the nearly 16-year project to restore Plymouth’s historic Town Brook began: the removal of the Holmes Dam.
  • Finding the Next Sebasticook - Restoring a smaller tributary to the Kennebec River yields historic river herring runs, bringing back fish, eagles, and revenue to the region.
  • GARFO Interns: What They Did This Summer - As summer came to an end, our interns looked back on their experiences at the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office.
  • Predicting River Response to Dam Removal - The NOAA Restoration Center and its collaborators have been studying the physical and biological effects of these projects to understand and be able to predict what will happen to the area when a dam is removed.
  • Memorial Park Named for NOAA Special Agent - In July, the residents of Newmarket, NH named the Schoppmeyer Memorial Park in honor of NOAA Fisheries Special Agent Christopher "Schotzy" Schoppmeyer, who died in 2016.
  • Horseshoe Crabs: Managing a Resource - Horseshoe crab eggs play an important ecological role in the food web for migrating shorebirds, as well as for commercial fisheries and medical testing.
  • Meet Eric Hutchins, Habitat Restoration Biologist - In celebration of July as Habitat Month, meet Eric Hutchins. One of Eric’s great skills is showing people of all ages the importance of the habitat they live in and around.
  • Young Humpback Gets Second Chance - July 11: NOAA and partners worked together off Sandy Hook, New Jersey yesterday to cut a length of rope entangling a juvenile humpback whale, giving the whale a second chance.
  • Leadership Message: Operations Plans Approved - July 19: NOAA approved operations plans for Northeast Fishing Sectors 7 and 9 and allocated Northeast multispecies (groundfish) quota to these sectors for the 2018 fishing year so that they may resume limited sector operations.
  • Sea Turtle Necropsies Reveal Important Informaton - Once the cold stun season is over, Wellfleet Audubon plans several necropsy sessions where all of the turtle carcasses, sometimes numbering into the hundreds, are examined and sampled.
  • Celebrate Sea Turtle Week by Learning How to Help - This is the time of year when leatherback, loggerhead, green, and Kemp’s ridley sea turtles return to our waters. Review these reminders about what to do if you see a sea turtle in distress.
  • Share the Shore with Seals - With seal pupping season in full swing, learn about our furry aquatic neighbors and the best ways to keep them and you safe. Photo credit: Marine Mammals of Maine
  • 2017 Report on Status of U.S. Fisheries - May 17: The 2017 Report to Congress on the Status of U.S. Fisheries shows the number of overfished stocks in the U.S. has reached an all-time low.
  • Demi Fox, New Marine Debris Coordinator - In January, the Marine Debris Program welcomed Demi Fox as the new Northeast Regional Coordinator. Find out about Demi's work in reducing marine debris.
  • Endangered Species Day Events for 2018 - Endangered Species Day is May 18 this year! Learn about endangered species in our region through many fun, family-friendly activities in Maine and Massachusetts in the coming month.
  • Watch Out for Whales! - Right whales have returned to the waters off Massachusetts in full force, with whales sighted even from shore! We ask everyone to keep their distances, and help keep them safe.
  • Celebrate World Fish Migration Day on April 21! - On April 21, 2018 the world comes together to celebrate and raise awareness about the importance of open rivers and migratory fish.
  • New Habitat Protections for Young Cod - Young-of-the-year cod like complex habitats. They prefer gravel and cobble bottoms and grow best in eelgrass, but they also use sandy areas next to these habitats when predators are not around. Credit: Long Island Sound Resource Center
  • Bay Invaders: The Blue Catfish Fishery - Invading blue catfish threaten Chesapeake Bay's native fish and shellfish. Find out what NOAA's Chesapeake Bay Office is doing to help control these voracious fish.
  • How Does Removing Dams Change Local Vegetation? - Boston College students conduct a vegetation survey at the Souhegan River site in July 2015. Photo: Lee Pellegrini, Boston College.
  • MMAN: New Stranding Response Organization - NOAA Fisheries announces that Marine Mammal Alliance Nantucket is now an authorized marine mammal stranding response organization for Nantucket, Tuckernuck, and Muskeget Islands.
  • Mike Pentony to Lead Greater Atlantic Region - NOAA Fisheries announces that Mr. Michael Pentony is the new Regional Administrator for NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office in Gloucester, Massachusetts. He will assume his new duties on January 22, 2018.
  • $3 Million for Great Lake Habitat Restoration - NOAA is announcing the availability of up to $3M in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant funding for restoration projects in 2018.
  • Farewell, West Britannia Dam! - Work is underway to remove the West Britannia Dam—a river restoration project that opens more than 30 river miles and 400 acres of lakes and ponds to migratory fish.
  • GARFO's Top 5 Stories for 2017 - As we look back on a year’s worth of stories from the Greater Atlantic Region, five particularly caught our readers’ attentions. Here are our top five stories from 2017.


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