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View Resource National Marine Fisheries Service

NMFS is the federal agency responsible for the stewardship of the nation's living marine resources and their habitat. NOAA Fisheries is responsible for the management, conservation and protection of living marine resources within the United States' Exclusive Economic Zone (water three to 200 mile offshore). Site includes information on the organization of NMFS and features information on many...

View Resource International Sea Turtle Bycatch Reduction Plan

Official US statement acknowledging the need to quantify sea turtle bycatch and seek solutions to reduce incidental capture. Fishing gear modifications are recommended as an alternative to fishery closures. Plans for data collection and information sharing on effects of fishing gear, especially long lines, are outlined. Calls for regional and international cooperation in monitoring the effects of...

View Resource Bycatch-NOAA Fisheries Feature

This government site offers detailed reports on U.S. bycatch and related research and regulatory actions issued by Fisheries Management Councils, National Marine Fisheries Service, ByCatch Reduction Task Force, and some international agencies. Download documents on: recent rulings; research for monitoring and reducing bycatch; regulatory actions to monitor and decrease bycatch. Site also includes...

View Resource Shark Management Fact Sheet

This factsheet summarizes the Manguson-Stevens Act's requirements for managing healthy shark populations in U.S. waters, specifies bans on wasteful fishing practices like shark finning, and identifies U.S. participation in international management plans. It reports the status of U.S. shark stocks and identifies the current fishing restrictions, prohibitions, and management strategies in place.

View Resource Southeast Fisheries Science Center

Located in Miami (headquarters), Panama City, and St. Petersburg, Florida, Pascagoula, Mississippi, Galveston, Texas, and Beaufort, North Carolina, the Southeast Fisheries Science Center conducts multi-disciplinary research programs to provide management information to support national and regional programs of NMFS; and to respond to the needs of fishery councils, commissions, foundations, and...

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