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NOAA Celebrates Corals Week and How Healthy Coral Reefs Benefit the Economy

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Healthy coral reefs support commercial and subsistence fisheries as well as jobs and businesses through tourism and recreation. Approximately half of all federally managed fisheries depend on coral reefs and related habitats for a portion of their life cycles. The National Marine Fisheries Service estimates the commercial value of U.S. fisheries from coral reefs is over $100 million. Local...

Serving Up Seafood: National Seafood Month

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Join us for National Seafood Month 2019 and learn how we work to support healthy, sustainable seafood all year round. October is National Seafood Month, and a fitting time to celebrate that the United States is recognized as a global leader in sustainable seafood—both wild-caught and farmed. U.S. fishermen and fish farmers operate under some of the most robust and transparent environmental...

Secretary of Commerce Approves Disaster Declarations for American Fishing Communities

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Today, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced his determination that commercial fishery failures occurred for multiple fisheries between 2017 and 2019 in Alaska, California, Georgia, and South Carolina, while further finding that a catastrophic regional fishery disaster occurred for Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama due to extreme flooding events in the Gulf of Mexico. “Fishing is the...

Number of U.S. Fish Stocks at Sustainable Levels Remains Near Record High

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The following is a cross-post from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Today, NOAA released the 2018 Status of U.S. Fisheries Annual Report to Congress that details the status of 479 federally-managed stocks or stock complexes in the U.S. to identify which stocks are subject to overfishing, are overfished, or are rebuilt to sustainable levels. Building upon the trend of the past...

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. 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...