Tough Times For The Tree Of Life On Coral Reefs

2016-01-28T16:32:04+00:00 January 14, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) In terms of evolutionary history, less than a quarter of wrasse species receive minimum protection levels. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons) Marine scientists are calling for a re-think of how marine protected areas (MPAs) are planned and coordinated, following a global assessment of the conservation of tropical corals and fishes.(From Science Daily) -- [...]

Atlantic Shark Management Measures; 2016 Research Fishery

2016-01-14T16:41:28+00:00 January 14, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Atlantic shortfin mako shark in the north atlantic at Condor Bank, Azores (Credit: Wikimedia Commons) On November 4, 2015, NMFS published a notice inviting qualified commercial shark permit holders to submit applications to participate in the 2016 shark research fishery.(From the Federal Register) -- The shark research fishery allows for the [...]

Public Meeting, Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee And North Pacific Fishery Management Council;

2016-01-14T16:06:09+00:00 January 14, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Pacific Coast south of Pacifica, in San Mateo County, Northern California. (Credit: Wikimedia commons) This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC). The members will discuss and provide advice on issues outlined in the agenda below.(From the Federal Register) [...]

Pacific Tuna Fisheries; Vessel Register Required Information, International Maritime Organization Numbering Scheme

2016-01-14T15:45:08+00:00 January 14, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) School of Bluefin Tuna. (Credit: NOAA Fisheries) NMFS is issuing regulations to implement a resolution adopted by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) that requires U.S. vessels fishing for tuna and tuna-like species with a capacity equal to or greater than 100 gross resister tons (GRT) to have an International Maritime [...]

The US Needs To Warm To Climate Realities

2016-01-14T15:02:58+00:00 January 14, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) According to Michael Levi, "the reality is that the big barriers to action on climate are mostly domestic; they're domestic policy, they're domestic implementation." (Credit: USGS) As we enter the new year, there many reasons why national elected officials, including presidential hopefuls, should heed the concerns of the global community regarding [...]

Climate Science Deniers 'Will Be Pretty Lonely,' President Says

2016-01-13T19:57:53+00:00 January 13, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) President Barack Obama (Credit: Pete Souza) President Obama is using his State of the Union speech Tuesday night to chastise lawmakers who deny the science of climate change, saying they will “be pretty lonely” as the world moves toward cleaner energy in the future. (From the Hill/ by Devin Henry) -- “Look, if [...]

Climate Science Deniers ‘Will Be Pretty Lonely,’ President Says

2016-01-13T19:57:53+00:00 January 13, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) President Barack Obama (Credit: Pete Souza) President Obama is using his State of the Union speech Tuesday night to chastise lawmakers who deny the science of climate change, saying they will “be pretty lonely” as the world moves toward cleaner energy in the future. (From the Hill/ by Devin Henry) -- “Look, if [...]

Fisheries Of The Caribbean, Gulf, And South Atlantic; Aquaculture

2016-01-13T18:16:02+00:00 January 13, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) NOAA is proposed offshore aquaculture operations in the Gulf of Mexico (Credit: Snapperfarm) NMFS issues this final rule to implement the Fishery Management Plan for Regulating Offshore Aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico (FMP), as prepared by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council).(From the Federal Register) -- The FMP entered [...]

Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Oil Pollution Prevention; Spill Prevention, Control, And Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans

2016-01-13T17:23:25+00:00 January 13, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Oil on water. (Credit: SkyTruth/Flickr) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), “Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans” (EPA ICR No. 0328.17, OMB Control No. 2050-0021) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork [...]

Fisheries Of The Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea And Aleutian Islands Crab Rationalization Program

2016-01-13T15:23:29+00:00 January 13, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) A Tanner crab eating a lyre crab. (David Csepp, NMFS/AKFSC/ABL) NMFS issues this final rule to implement Amendment 44 to the Fishery Management Plan for Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crabs (FMP) and a regulatory amendment that modifies regulations governing the Crab Rationalization (CR) Program.(From the Federal Register) -- This rule [...]

Alaska: Subsistence Collections

2016-01-13T15:23:28+00:00 January 13, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) is a species of bear that can be found in Alaska (Credit: Wikipedia commons) The National Park Service proposes to allow qualified subsistence users to collect and use nonedible fish and wildlife parts and plant materials for the creation and subsequent disposition (use, barter, or sale) of [...]

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