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Endangered Species Listing for Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Not Warranted

After an extensive scientific review, NOAA announced today that Atlantic bluefin tuna currently do not warrant species protection under the Endangered Species Act.

NOAA Fisheries Encourages Fishermen to Release Shortfin Mako Sharks Alive

NOAA’s Fisheries Service today launched a voluntary program to encourage commercial and recreational fishermen to safely release Atlantic shortfin mako sharks alive and report the releases to NOAA for posting on an online map.

Take Me Fishing™ Teams with Outdoor Nation to Recruit the Next Generation of “Outsiders”

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (May 24, 2011) – The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) today announced that its Take Me Fishing campaign is once again teaming up with Outdoor Nation to engage youth in outdoor activities, including boating and fishing. The youth-led movement championing the outdoors recently announced its plans to host multiple three-day regional youth summits in New York City, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Denver and San Francisco. Taking place June 23 through July 31, youth delegates will come together to brainstorm project ideas that address regional issues and ultimately engage more young people in the outdoors by removing existing barriers to participation.

$40,000 Up for Grabs at Lower Keys Dolphin Tournament

Dolphin are the target and anglers can compete for more than $40,000 in cash and prizes during the 18th annual Big Pine & Lower Keys Dolphin Tournament. Presented by the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, the tournament is scheduled Friday through Sunday, June 10-12.

North Coast Salmon Season Looking Good

Department of Fish and Game (DFG) biologists are expecting a promising north coast salmon fishing season through Labor Day, September 5. The sport season opened Saturday in the Klamath Management Zone, which stretches from the Oregon border to Horse Mountain, located just north of Shelter Cove.

Whirling Disease Found in Stocked Maryland Trout

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has confirmed the presence of whirling disease in a delivery of 8,000 commercially produced rainbow trout stocked in several Western Maryland streams.

Team Weaver Takes IFA Redfish Crown

John Weaver, of Driftwood, Texas, and John Weaver Jr., of San Marcos, Texas, weighed in a two-redfish limit that totaled 17.14 pounds to win the IFA Redfish Tour event at Rockport, Texas, on May 14. To win the event, which operated out of Cove Harbor North, the team topped a large field of two-angler teams to take home a new, fully rigged Ranger Banshee Extreme powered by a 60-horsepower, four-stroke Yamaha outboard and equipped with a Power-Pole shallow water anchor, Minn Kota trolling motor, Humminbird electronics, Blue Point Fabrication metal work, Bob’s four-inch Ultra Light Jackplate, an OPTIMA battery and a Loadmaster trailer valued at $30,000.

NOAA Proposes Special Designation for Reintroduced Steelhead Salmon in Oregon’s Deschutes River

NOAA’s Fisheries Service today proposed designating a population of hatchery-raised steelhead salmon in Oregon’s Deschutes River as “experimental,” which would provide legal protection to anyone who harmed the fish while otherwise acting lawfully.

Feds Eye Dropping All Dockside Fishing Boat Monitoring

The National Marine Fisheries Service announced today it was considering ending all dockside monitoring and using the money to help offset the operating costs for sectors, the fishing cooperatives into which nearly all New England groundfishing boats have organized under the catch share management system.

Beluga Critical Habitat Goes into Effect

Effective Wednesday, two areas comprising 3,013 square miles are designated critical habitat for Cook Inlet beluga whales.