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Fisheries and aquaculture

Aquaculture is the fastest growing form of food production in the world. Marine aquaculture in the United States contributes to seafood supply, supports commercial fisheries, and has great growth potential. We will help it grow faster by reducing regulatory burden and driving aquaculture research. A strong U.S. marine aquaculture industry will serve a key role in U.S. food security and improve our trade balance with other nations.

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Celebrating National Fishing and Boating Week

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Join the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in celebrating National Fishing and Boating Week. This annual event recognizes two of America’s favorite pastimes, as well as the contributions fishing and boating make to our lives, and to our nation’s economy. From memorable moments on the water with friends and family, to creating jobs and...

Remarks by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the National Marine Manufacturers Association 2019 American Boating Congress

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Introduced by Ben Speciale, President, Yamaha’s U.S. Marine Business and chair of the NMMA Board of Directors. Thank you, Ben, for that kind introduction, and for the invitation to participate in the 2019 American Boating Congress. It’s great to be here. Congratulations to Thom Dammrich for your nearly 20 successful years at the helm of the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Under your...

U.S. Department of Commerce Allocates $20 Million in Fishery Disaster Funding

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Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce allocated $20 million to help tribes, communities, fishermen, and businesses affected by commercial fishery failures that occurred in Georgia, California, Oregon, and Washington between 2013 and 2017. “The Department of Commerce and NOAA stand ready to support communities working to rebuild and rebound from fishery disasters,” said Secretary of Commerce...

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Declares Fishery Disaster in North Carolina following Hurricane Florence

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Today, in response to a request from Governor Roy Cooper, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that a commercial fishery failure occurred in North Carolina as a result of Hurricane Florence, which caused severe damage throughout the state in September of 2018. “The Trump Administration and Department of Commerce stand ready to support all Americans who were struck by devastating hurricanes...

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Issues Directive for National Marine Fisheries Service to Facilitate Water Access in California Wildfire Relief Efforts

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Statement from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross As Secretary of Commerce, today I directed the National Marine Fisheries Service to facilitate access to the water needed to fight the ongoing wildfires affecting the State of California. One of the fires, the Mendocino Complex Fire, has developed into the largest in the state’s history, consuming nearly 300,000 acres in Northern California....

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Applauds Pilot Program to Allow States to Manage Recreational Red Snapper Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico

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Today, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross commended the innovative, two-year pilot program that grants partial management responsibility of the Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery to the five Gulf states. Red snapper caught by private anglers in state and federal waters off Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Louisiana, and Texas will be covered by the program. "Granting these experimental fishing...

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Declares Fishery Disaster Following Hurricane Harvey

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Today, in response to the request put forward by the Governor of Texas on February 14, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross determined a commercial fishery failure due to a fishery resource disaster that occurred in Texas due to impacts from Hurricane Harvey that made landfall on August 25, 2017. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 included $200 million for fishery disasters declared by the Secretary...

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Declares Fisheries Disasters Following Hurricanes Irma and Maria

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Today, in conjunction with the requests put forward by the Governors of Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross determined catastrophic fishery disasters occurred in the areas because of impacts from Hurricanes Irma and Maria that made landfall in August and September of 2017. Under the Interjurisdictional Fisheries Act and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery...

NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program Awards $16.7 Million for Gulf of Mexico Research

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To support efforts to protect fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued awards totaling of $16.7 million from NOAA's RESTORE Act Science Program. This year, the awardees’ proposed projects support research into bluefin tuna, blue crabs, Mississippi oyster farmers and other parts of...

Department of Commerce Announces Changes to the 2017 Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Private Angler Recreational Season

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For the first time in a decade, Federal authorities and the five Gulf States have agreed to align Federal and State private angler red snapper fishing seasons for the remainder of the summer, and the Department of Commerce has re-opened the 2017 private angler recreational season for 39 weekend days and holidays. Majority Whip Scalise and other Members of Congress were instrumental in reaching...