Thursday, August 20, 2009

Feds wrap up stock surveys, OK Arctic fishing ban

Here are two important announcements today from the National Marine Fisheries Service.

First, researchers have completed this year's surveys of eastern Bering Sea fish and crab stocks. The annual surveys are important for setting commercial catch limits.

Second, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke has approved a temporary no-fishing policy for warming Arctic Ocean waters. Approval of the widely hailed fishing ban was considered largely a formality.

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