The US Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration terminated the voyage of the 83-foot commercial fishing vessel ‘Lady Kristie’, with three people aboard Thursday, after discovering multiple violations near Tortugas Ecological Reserve. Fishing in an ecological reserve violates NOAA regulations.
A US court ruled that NOAA Fisheries illegally withdrew a proposed rule that would have established limits on bycatch of protected species caught in California’s swordfish drift gillnet fishery. The decision does not immediately imposes the caps, but requires NOAA Fisheries to either revive the regulations or come up with any potential revisions.
The USCG, NOAA, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission jointly seized 11 shark fins and dismembered sharks aboard the 40-foot commercial fishing vessel ‘Miss Shell’, near South Sound Creek, on Monday. US law prohibits the act of shark finning since 2000.
Mexico and Japan have already exceeded their bluefin fishing limit for the second year in a row, according to Pew Charitable Trusts. The western Atlantic bluefin is one of the fastest and most commercially valuable fish in the sea, but its population has sustained a severe decline after decades of overfishing and mismanagement.
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