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  • Hatchery getting a $3.3 million renovation

    Hatchery getting a $3.3 million renovation

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is conducting a $3.3 million renovation of the Sterling Springs Fish Hatchery in Oak Creek Canyon, north of Sedona.  AZGFD expects to complete the renovations by June of 2019.

  • If you're fishing for smelt this year, make sure you know...

    If you're fishing for smelt this year, make sure you know...

    If you're fishing for smelt this year, make sure you know about a legislative change, signed at the end of 2018.

  • Handling and Release Guidelines Sawfish

    Handling and Release Guidelines Sawfish

    Smalltooth sawfish are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), which makes it illegal to target, harm, harass, or handle them in any way. While it is technically illegal to catch a sawfish (except with a research permit or in a fishery where incidental take has been authorized) captures do occur while fishing for other species. Any sawfish caught while fishing must be released as quickly as possible. The guidelines below were developed to aid anglers in quickly and safely releasing incidentally caught sawfish; use extreme caution if you do catch one.

  • Arkansas anglers will continue to see world-class fishing

    Arkansas anglers will continue to see world-class fishing

    Arkansas anglers will continue to see world-class fishing in The Natural State’s cold-water trout streams, even during the current shutdown of federal government facilities, thanks to cooperation between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

  • Thirteen-year-old has become the first to earn the title of Master Ocean Angler from CDFW

    Thirteen-year-old has become the first to earn the title of Master Ocean Angler from CDFW

    San Diego Eighth-Grader Ethan Mayes Becomes First to Receive ‘Master Ocean Angler’ Award From CDFW’s California Fishing Passport Program

  • Winter steelhead anglers are asked to return snouts from hatchery

    Winter steelhead anglers are asked to return snouts from hatchery

    Winter steelhead anglers are asked to return snouts from hatchery steelhead harvested in the Umpqua River basin. ODFW will scan the snouts for coded wire tags in the first of a multi-year research project to improve winter steelhead fishing in the South Umpqua River.

  • Repeat Offenders Busted for Illegal Netting

    Repeat Offenders Busted for Illegal Netting

    On Thursday, officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) were on routine patrol in windward O‘ahu when they observed a lay net violation in progress.

  • Opening of the commercial Dungeness crab fishery delayed due to elevated levels of domoic acid

    Opening of the commercial Dungeness crab fishery delayed due to elevated levels of domoic acid

    Northern Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Further Delayed in Ocean Waters North of Patrick’s Point, Humboldt County due to Public Health Hazard

  • EPA;s Move to Remove Wetlands Protection Faces Opposition

    EPA;s Move to Remove Wetlands Protection Faces Opposition

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have proposed removal of Clean Water Act protections for ephemeral streams and intermittent streams and their wetlands.

  • Friend or Foe for Red Alga

    Friend or Foe for Red Alga

    Any newcomer takes time to size up. And when one makes its entrance as slowly and subtly as Gracilaria vermiculophylla — a red alga native to the Pacific — did in the Chesapeake Bay, it can be even harder to determine whether its introduction will be helpful or harmful.

  • In Anticipation of Quota Reduction Part of Red Grouper Commercial Allocation Withheld

    In Anticipation of Quota Reduction Part of Red Grouper Commercial Allocation Withheld

    NOAA Fisheries will withhold distribution of 59.4 percent of red grouper IFQ commercial allocation on January 1, 2019, the percentage of an intended commercial annual catch limit reduction requested by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council).

  • What Does the Modern Fish Act Mean to Me?

    What Does the Modern Fish Act Mean to Me?

    For the first time ever, a sportfishing-focused bill is headed to the President’s desk to be enacted into law. On Monday, December 17, the U.S. Senatepassed the Modern Fish Act (S. 1520) by unanimous consent, which was followed just days later by House passage on Wednesday, December 19.

  • New Trout Lakes Now Open in Houston

    New Trout Lakes Now Open in Houston

    Just in time for rainbow trout season, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is opening two new Neighborhood Fishin’ lakes in north and southeast Houston to offer fun and convenient fishing opportunities to families in the city.

  • Bottomfish Seasons/Regulations Updated for 2019

    Bottomfish Seasons/Regulations Updated for 2019

    What's the same as in 2018? The general marine fish daily bag limit will be 5 fish no more than 1 of which may be cabezon when open (opens July 1)

  • Seasonal Rainbow Trout Stocking

    Seasonal Rainbow Trout Stocking

    After a long, hot summer, many Texans are looking forward to going outside and enjoying the long-awaited cool weather this holiday season. Starting Nov. 30, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department began stocking thousands of cold weather-loving rainbow trout at ponds, lakes and rivers statewide so that family members of all ages can enjoy the crisp seasonal air and catch a feisty, colorful sport fish for fun or to prepare a tasty meal.

  • 11th Fisheries Economics of the United States report released

    11th Fisheries Economics of the United States report released

    U.S. Fisheries Supported 1.7 Million Jobs in 2016 Today, NOAA released the 11th Fisheries Economics of the United States report which provides the most up-to-date economic statistics on commercial and recreational fisheries as well as seafood-related businesses for each coastal state and the nation.

  • Winter is Whale Watching Time

    Winter is Whale Watching Time

    People come from all over the world to learn about the gray whales that travel along the Oregon coast each year. Whales are visible from Oregon's shores all year long although some months are better than others.

  • Crappie Time Tip from AZGFD

    Crappie Time Tip from AZGFD

    With some stable winter weather, this can be an excellent time to fish for crappie as they head into deeper waters of our desert impoundments and form large schools.

  • Spring trout season before winter even begins

    Spring trout season before winter even begins

    Starting the week of Dec. 17, 2018, the department will conduct preseason trout stocking at several popular fishing locations.

  • Statewide population estimate of the Florida manatee published

    Statewide population estimate of the Florida manatee published

    Updated statewide abundance estimate for the Florida manatee The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) accomplished an important conservation goal by publishing the results from the second statewide population estimate of the Florida manatee. Results from the 2015-2016 manatee abundance survey suggest there were between 7,520 and 10,280 manatees in Florida, totals higher than an earlier abundance estimate suggested. This exciting news contributes to the conclusion that conservation measures implemented by the FWC and its partners continue to create an environment that allows the manatee population to recover.