Category Archives: Gulf of Mexico

Advocacy Groups May Sue over Queen Conch ESA Decision

Two advocacy groups notified the National Marine Fisheries Service today that they intended to litigate the agency’s decision to not list the queen conch (Strombus gigas) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Calling the agency’s review of the species, “a … Continue reading

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Feds Recommend Increase in Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Quota

This afternoon, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council moved to set the controversial total red snapper quota equal to the acceptable biological catch (ABC)* of 14.30 million pounds (mp) for 2015. This quota would represent an increase of 3.3 mp … Continue reading

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BANNED! [Excerpt from CORAL Magazine]

For your weekend reading enjoyment, CORAL Magazine has made one of my articles from the July/August 2014 print issue on Florida’s new lionfish import ban available for free online. After many months of fact-finding and testimony, the seven Florida Fish and … Continue reading

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Eat Thine Enemy – Chefs Put Lionfish on the Menu

Chefs can play a leading role in creating markets and economic incentive for fisheries that need greater attention. While I’ve covered this dynamic frequently in articles and blog entires, I’m usually looking at situations where chefs are introducing diners to abundant and … Continue reading

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Federal Red Snapper Season Shortened to Nine Days in Gulf

NOAA Fisheries announced today a revised 2014 red snapper recreational season in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, reducing the season from the previously announced 11 days to only nine days. The news comes after both Louisiana and Florida elected … Continue reading

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Have We Lost Almost Everything in the Name of Science?

“We have lost almost everything in the name of science. And so look at the big picture. Give us the freedom to fish.” -Captain Matt McLeod In my work as a freelance science writer focused on fisheries, I spend a … Continue reading

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FWC Lionfish Draft Rule Shooting Itself in the Foot?

“[P]rohibiting the importation of live lionfish from anywhere–we may be shooting ourselves in the foot a little bit.” – Lad Akins A shooting simile may be appropriate when discussing lionfish control efforts in Florida, given that one of the most … Continue reading

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