The NOAA Northeast Region website's Fish Species Pages are sporting a new look, the agency says. The first redesigned page being rolled out is for squid, mackerel and butterfish.
The plan, NOAA says, is to redesign all of its species pages over the next several months. NOAA is also encouraging users to comment on the new design as well as make suggestions on how to further improve the pages to make it easier for them to find information they need about the species and current regulations.
Click here to view the redesigned Fish Species Page for squid, mackerel and butterfish.
NMFS is currently seeking proposals for its 2014 Mid-Atlantic Research Set-Aside program. Applications must be submitted to the agency by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 6.
The program sets aside up to 3 percent of the total allowable catch for research purposes. Participating vessels may be authorized to harvest species in excess of any imposed trip limit or during fishery closures. Landings from the trips are sold to generate funds that help defray costs for approved research projects and compensate vessel owners.
Jacksonville, Fla. – The Safariland Group, a manufacturer of protective products and equipment primarily for law enforcement and the military, has acquired Mustang Survival and its related entities, Mustang Survival Inc. and Mustang Survival Mfg. Inc. (collectively, "Mustang Survival").
Mustang Survival provides lifesaving equipment for recreational, military, law enforcement and industrial users in the marine and aviation environments. For more than 45 years, Safariland says, Mustang Survival has been transforming innovative ideas and technologies into high-quality and practical lifesaving products such as inflatable personal flotation devices, flotation clothing, dry suits, anti-g suits and a wide range of products to protect serious users in extreme environments.
"We are excited to be bringing together two companies that are both committed to saving lives as a part of their core mission," says Scott O'Brien, president of The Safariland Group, in a company news release. "Mustang Survival's history of lifesaving marine and aviation equipment has presented unique growth opportunities for our company, especially as we aim to broaden our suite of products that help save lives."
The rescueME PLB1, which communications and safety-at-sea specialist Ocean Signal says is the world's smallest personal locator beacon, has received FCC approval and is now available for sale in North America.
Ocean Signal's rescueME PLB is distributed exclusively by Datrex in North America.
Ocean Signal says the rescueME PLB1 is almost 30 percent smaller than other PLBs, is designed to fit onto any lifejacket and be easily activated by one hand in even the most challenging conditions.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has selected Doug Gregory as its new executive director. Gregory will take the helm May 20, 2013. He replaces Stephen Bortone, who is retiring in May.
"The Gulf Council has many important issues on its agenda, and I look forward to working with Doug as our new Executive Director," says Doug Boyd, council chairman. "Doug brings extensive experience to the council, both in practical application and in the fisheries management process. His educational work with the fishing public will be a great asset, and his background and experience will go a long way to enhance the council process."
Gregory holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in zoology, a Master of Science degree in wildlife and fisheries ecology, and Bachelor of Science degree in statistics. He has been involved in fisheries for over 35 years, and during his career worked as a fishery biologist for NMFS Northwest and Alaska Fishery Center in Seattle.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is currently recruiting applicants for its advisory panels (APs), and scientific and statistical committees (SSCs).
Advisory panel members provide information and guidance to the council on the development of federal fishery management plans. The council has 22 advisory panels composed of individuals who are engaged in the harvest of federally managed species or who are knowledgeable and interested in the conservation and management of the fishery. Members include recreational and commercial fishermen, seafood dealers and processors, non- governmental organizations, scientists, and concerned citizens.
Letters of interest are now being accepted for the following advisory panels: Coastal Migratory Pelagics; Coral; Data Collection; Florida/Alabama Habitat Protection; Mississippi/Louisiana Habitat Protection; Texas Habitat Protection; Outreach and Education; Red Drum; Red Snapper; Reef Fish; Southeast Data, Assessment and Review NGO; Shrimp; Spiny Lobster.
The Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission announces that it has selected Hugh Link to be its new executive director.
Link joined the commission staff in 2004, after spending a decade as sales manager at Hallmark Fisheries in Charleston, on the southern Oregon coast. He replaces long-time executive director Nick Furman, who recently retired after heading up the commission for 22 years.
Commission Chairman John Corbin is optimistic that the commission will continue to play an important role in the state's crab fishery with Link at the helm.
A $75 rebate will be available on U.S., Canadian and Latin American purchases of a McMurdo Smartfind series EPIRB from Feb. 14 through June 30, 2013.
The rebate applies to purchases of the McMurdo model 10-82-800-001A Smartfind Plus G5 GPS EPIRB (manual), the 10-82-800-002A Smartfind Plus G5 GPS EPIRB shown at left (automatic), the 10-82-800-003A Smartfind E5 406 EPIRB (manual) and the 10-82-800-004A Smartfind E5 406 EPIRB (automatic). Suggested retail price for the range starts at $449.
Doug Lipton has been tapped to fill the newly created position of senior research economist at NMFS. He will start on June 3, 2013.
In this new role, Lipton will provide leadership and strategic direction to the agency's economics and social science research program, the agency says. According to NMFS, Lipton's deep experience in fisheries economics will be invaluable as the agency works to support the economic vitality of the nation's coastal communities and the productivity of its ocean resources.
"Doug Lipton is a leader in bringing innovative economic thinking to bear on tough issues in managing marine resources and maintaining healthy coastal ecosystems," said Richard Merrick, NMFS' chief science advisor, in an agency news release. "Supporting the well-being of our coastal communities is one of this agency's priority missions. I am very pleased that Doug, as our senior research economist, will help point the way forward as we work to insure that coastal communities benefit from a healthy ocean, today and into the future."
Thomas A. Nies, a fishery analyst and chairman of a key group of fisheries experts that provides technical advice to managers about the Northeast groundfish fisheries, has been named executive director of the New England Fishery Management Council. He replaces Paul J. Howard who is retiring on March 1 after 16 years in the position.
The council's 18 voting members selected Nies on Monday. Announcing the news at the start of the public session of its Portsmouth, N.H. meeting on Tuesday, council chairman Rip Cunningham said, "I think the council was lucky to have a strong slate of candidates for this position. We know that Tom will do a great job supporting the council's work and bring ideas to help improve the process."
Born in Highland, Ind., Nies graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1976, with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics. He obtained an MBA in leadership from Franklin Pierce University.
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National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14
In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.
NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.