Sarah Gagliardo

Releases – August 4, 2016

Federal fishery managers are currently soliciting public input on proposed measures that may affect fishermen fishing in federal waters ranging from 3 to 200 miles offshore along the Atlantic coast. A series of public hearings and scoping meetings are scheduled for August including in-person hearings from Virginia Beach to Key West and online webinars. Written […]

 Sarah Gagliardo

Releases – July 21, 2016

The marine fisheries division has certified a new state record for pigfish. Jason Edwards, of Rocky Mount, caught the 2 lb., 12 oz. fish on May 23 while fishing on the “Capt. Stacy IV” about 30 miles southeast of Cape Lookout. The former state record for pigfish was 2 lbs., 4 oz., and was caught […]

 Sarah Gagliardo

Releases – July 7, 2016

Coastal recreational fishermen hooked more fish in 2015 than they did in 2014. Anglers brought an estimated 10.2 million fish to the docks in 2015, an increase of 6.8 percent over 2014. The estimated weight of these landings rose by 32 percent to 11.6 million pounds. Anglers also released 6 percent more fish in 2015 […]

 Sarah Gagliardo

Releases – June 23, 2016

The House version of the 2016-17 biennial budget contains funds for marine fisheries law enforcement and oyster restoration. Funds for oyster restoration specifically include the following items: $1.5 million in nonrecurring funds to develop the Jean Preston Oyster Sanctuaries; $149,000 to create two new positions within the Division of Marine Fisheries to facilitate shellfish aquaculture; […]

 Sarah Gagliardo

Releases – June 9, 2016

Commercial and recreational saltwater fishing in the United States generated more than $214 billion in sales and supported 1.83 million jobs in 2014, according to a new economic report released by NOAA Fisheries today. The report, Fisheries Economics of the United States 2014, provides the most recent statistics on commercial and recreational fisheries and seafood-related […]