Category Archives: Gulf of Mexico

The Story behind Florida’s Efforts to Ban Lionfish Importation

On 4 March, I blogged the basics regarding two identical bills introduced to the Florida Legislature that would ban the importation and aquaculture of lionfish. As with most fisheries issues I cover, this situation is incredibly complex, and I’ve tried … Continue reading

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Florida Looks to Ban Lionfish Imports and Aquaculture

Today the Florida Senate’s Lionfish Bill (SB 1336) was referred to the Environmental Preservation and Conservation, Commerce and Tourism and Agriculture Committees. An identical bill (HB 1069) was also filed in the House but has yet to be referred to … Continue reading

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The Only Thing Definitive is the Numbers

It’s so nebulous. The only thing you can say definitively is the numbers. – Rusty Gaudé, Louisiana Sea Grant Marine Extension Agent  Gaudé was quoted in an article appearing today in the The Advocate about the health of fisheries in the Gulf … Continue reading

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“Long and Tedious” Battle with NOAA Ends for Louisiana State Fisheries Managers

In a press release released today by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Secretary Robert Barham expressed relief that the current battle with federal fisheries managers over the State’s red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) fishery has come to an end. “Glad to … Continue reading

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NOAA and NMFS Lose in Federal Court Over Red Snapper Emergency Rulemaking

On Friday, a U.S. District Judge overturned an emergency rule cutting the red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) season in Federal waters off Louisiana and Texas, saying “the emergency rule was unlawfully promulgated under the Magnuson-Stevens Act.” The Magnusun-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act is the primary piece of legislation informing … Continue reading

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Philippines Joins Growing List of Countries Barring Shrimp Imports

We are dealing with a disease unknown to us, all the more that measures must be undertaken. -Philippines BFAR Aquatic Resources Director Asis G. Perez I spent a month last summer as an embedded journalist with a scientific expedition that travelled to … Continue reading

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Open Season on Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper?

I have been covering the Gulf of Mexico red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) fishery and the ongoing battle between state and federal fisheries managers on how to best manage that fishery when it comes to recreational angling. Louisiana State University fisheries professor James Cowan … Continue reading

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Red Snapper, State Rights and the Data – Battle Lines Drawn in the Gulf of Mexico

Hunting and fishing are big business in the Gulf states (we’re talking Gulf of Mexico here), and so it comes as no surprise that state agencies charged with managing natural resources in those states often aggressively advocate on behalf of … Continue reading

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Regional Management – Encouraging Sign for Red Snapper Fishery in Gulf?

[Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council] passage of regional management in any form is an encouraging sign that the states have decided to flex their muscles within the Council process and that is a very welcome development for all Gulf … Continue reading

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