Monday, August 21, 2017

Franklin county approves first step to add future land use map to county comprehensive plan

 Franklin County Commissioners have taken the first steps to allow increased development east of Carrabelle near Summer Camp.

The board this month agreed to move forward on a proposal to add a future land use category to the county's comprehensive plan called Carrabelle East Village.

If the proposal gets final approval it would designate about 200 acres of currently agricultural property for development.

The public hearing this month simply allowed the issue to be transmitted to the state's land planning agency for comment.

The agency has 45 days to return its comments to Franklin County.

The County Commission will then have another 6 months to hold a second public hearing where they can either approve or deny the future land use map.





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Camp Designed for Adult Cancer Patients to be held Oct. 25 - 27



Adults who have been diagnosed with cancer are encouraged to register now for an upcoming Sacred Heart Health System program that offers support, encouragement and renewal. All adult cancer patients are encouraged to participate, even if they are not seeing a Sacred Heart physician.
Camp Bluebird, a retreat experience for people coping with cancer, is scheduled for Oct. 25 - 27 at Sacred Heart’s Miracle Camp. Located on Beulah Road in Escambia County, the Miracle Camp complex is nestled in a 40-acre nature preserve and includes dorms, a dining hall, activities center and nature trails. Camp Bluebird activities include arts and crafts, pampering, education, optional sharing sessions, entertainment and more. 
For more information, please visit the website at www.campbluebirdfl.com or call Tim Gilbert, camp director, at 850-698-2202.


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Local unemployment ticked up slightly between June and July

Local unemployment ticked up slightly between June and July.
Franklin County unemployment rose from 3.5 percent in June to 3.6 percent last month.
173 people were looking for work in Franklin County in July, up from 172 people the month before.
The workforce also decreased by 24 people.
Franklin County had one of the lowest unemplyment rates in Florida, only 4 counties had lower unemployment rates.
Gulf County's unemployment was 3.8 percent last month, Wakulla County's was 3.7 percent.

Liberty County unemployment was 4.7 percent.

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Lockdown Lifted, FDC Institutions Resume Normal Operations

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) today announced that normal operations have resumed at all Institutions, following a statewide partial lockdown and cancellation of visitation.

FDC Secretary Julie Jones said, “We made a planned, strategic decision to take proactive action to uphold our mission to protect public safety and keep our staff and inmates safe. I am confident the measures taken were not only necessary but effective. I am incredibly proud of our team across the Department for joining together to enhance the safety of our facilities and prevent any major disturbances from taking place.”

Additional information about the previous cancellation can be found here: www.dc.state.fl.us/secretary/press/2017/08-16-Visitation.html

No further visitation cancellation is planned. Any announcements regarding changes to normal visitation or operations will be posted at www.dc.state.fl.us.
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Update: Gulf County bay scallop season opening remains postponed


The bay scallop season off Gulf County remains postponed due to a naturally occurring algae bloom in St. Joseph Bay. The season postponement will continue until scallop samples test safe for human consumption.
Any updates in status of this fishery will be posted on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) bay scallop webpage, which can be found at MyFWC.com/Fishing by clicking on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Bay Scallops.”
The bay scallop season postponement includes all state waters from the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County through the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County.
All other areas currently open for bay scallop recreational harvest remain unaffected, including the popular scalloping areas of St. Marks, Steinhatchee and Crystal River.
This algae bloom should not impact other recreational activities on St. Joseph Bay.
2017 Regional Bay Scallop Zones
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services had also issued a closure for the harvest of all clams (including pen shells), mussels and oysters in St. Joseph Bay.  For information on reopenings of clam, mussel or oyster harvest, visit the FDACS website atFreshFromFlorida.com and search “Shellfish Harvesting Area Information” in the search bar at the top right, select the search result with the same name, then click on “open/close status.”
FWC staff will continue working with other state agencies and the local community as this season closure progresses.
ABOUT PSEUDO-NITZSCHIA:
Pseudo-nitzschia, the organism responsible for the bloom and delayed opening of the season, is a naturally occurring microscopic alga that in some cases can produce domoic acid, which can negatively impact marine mammals and seabirds and can cause amnesic shellfish poisoning in humans if contaminated shellfish, including mussels, oysters, clams, and scallops, are consumed. ASP can cause both gastrointestinal issues, such as nausea and upset stomach, as well as neurological issues such as short-term memory loss. Domoic acid has been confirmed in seawater and scallop samples from St. Joseph Bay. Domoic acid does not impact finfish directly, but fish should be rinsed well, filleted and skinned prior to being eaten. The best way to protect yourself is to heed closure warnings and not consume shellfish from the closed areas.
If you are experiencing symptoms of ASP, contact your primary care provider. You may also want to contact the Florida Poison Control Hotline at 800-222-1222. For Department of Health questions, call 850-245-4250.


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Coast Guard medevacs stab victims

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August 21, 2017U.S. Coast Guard 8th District HeartlandContact: 8th District Public AffairsOffice: (504) 671-2020After Hours: (618) 225-9008
Coast Guard medevacs stab victims

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard medevaced two men who were reportedly stabbed aboard a fishing vessel 40 miles south of Pensacola, Florida, Sunday.
Coast Guard Sector Mobile watchstanders received a report of two crewmembers reportedly being stabbed by a third crewmember aboard the commercial fishing vessel Billy B.
Watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 helicopter aircrew, the Coast Guard Cutter Kingfisher crew, and a Coast Guard Station Pensacola 45-foot Response-Boat Medium boatcrew with Sector Mobile Enforcement personnel aboard.
The Kingfisher arrived on scene at 8:46 p.m. and brought the two crewmembers aboard. The MH-65 helicopter crew arrived on scene at 9:49 p.m. and hoisted the men and transferred them to Pensacola Baptist Hospital.
One crewmember was reported in stable condition and the other in critical condition.
The boatcrew detained the third crewmember and took the Billy B in tow en route to Perdido Pass, Alabama, with the Kingfisher as an escort.
The incident is under investigation.


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Agenda and information for August 22nd Gulf County Commission meeting







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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Florida DEP permit activity for Franklin County

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Florida Department of
Environmental Protection

Bob Martinez Center
2600 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400
Rick Scott
Governor

Carlos Lopez-Cantera
Lt. Governor

Noah Valenstein
Secretary


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Permit: Water - ERP Exemption Permit
Project Name: OCHLOCKONEE BAY BOAT RAMP
Location Id: 356782
Location Name: FRANKLIN CO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OCHLOCKONEE BAY BOAT RAMP
County: Franklin
Application Number: 356782-001

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300


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Florida DEP permit activity for Wakulla County

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Florida Department of
Environmental Protection

Bob Martinez Center
2600 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400
Rick Scott
Governor

Carlos Lopez-Cantera
Lt. Governor

Noah Valenstein
Secretary


Permitting Application Subscription Service


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Permit: Water - Domestic Wastewater Collection/Transmission System
Project Name: GEORGE'S LIGHTHOUSE POINTE LS
Location Id: 189743
Location Name: GEORGE'S LIGHTHOUSE POINTE
County: Wakulla
Application Number: 189743-001

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300


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Florida DEP permit activity for Gulf and Wakulla Counties

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Florida Department of
Environmental Protection

Bob Martinez Center
2600 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400
Rick Scott
Governor

Carlos Lopez-Cantera
Lt. Governor

Noah Valenstein
Secretary


Permitting Application Subscription Service


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Permit: Water - ERP Exemption Permit
Project Name: MAINTENANCE DREDGE
Location Id: 356845
Location Name: T.H. STONE MEMORIAL SAINT JOSEPH PENINSULA STATE PARK
County: Gulf
Application Number: 356845-001

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300
Permit: Water - Individual With No Conceptual Approval Permit
Project Name: CAPE BLUE HERON DOCK & BOATLIF
Location Id: 356855
Location Name: CAPE BLUE HERON, LLC DOCK AND BOATLIFT
County: Gulf
Application Number: 356855-001

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300
Permit: Water - Domestic Wastewater Collection/Transmission System
Project Name: WAKULLA GARDENS PHASE II
Location Id: 125387
Location Name: WAKULLA CO WW SYSTEM IMP PH 1 - WAKULLA GARDENS FM
County: Wakulla
Application Number: 125387-006

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300
Permit: Water - Domestic Wastewater Collection/Transmission System
Project Name: MEDART LIFT STATION BYPASS
Location Id: 356838
Location Name: MEDART LIFT STATION BYPASS
County: Wakulla
Application Number: 356838-001

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300
Permit: Water - Domestic Wastewater Collection/Transmission System
Project Name: MAGNOLIA GARDENS SEWER PH II
Location Id: 341409
Location Name: MAGNOLIA GARDENS SEWER PHASE I
County: Wakulla
Application Number: 341409-002

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300


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Friday, August 18, 2017

Department of Corrections cancels inmate visitations this weekend

 The Florida Department of Corrections is cancelling visitation at almost all of its 148 prisons statewide this Saturday and Sunday.
In a statement released Wednesday, the Department of corrections said the cancellation is in response to "credible intelligence indicating that small groups of inmates at several institutions may attempt to disrupt operations and impact safety and security."
The Department of Corrections said that in an abundance of caution and in the best interest of staff, inmate and public safety, it has cancelled all visitation statewide but looks forward to resuming normal visitation as soon as possible.
The cancellation includes almost all major institutions, work camps and annex facilities.

It does not apply to work release centers.


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Get your eclipse viewing glasses at Riverfront Park on Saturday

If you want to safely watch the solar eclipse next Monday, make sure to come out to Apalachicola on Saturday and pick up a free pair of eclipse glasses.
A solar eclipse is when the moon lines up between the earth and the sun, blocking the sun for a short amount of time.
Next Monday, we will be able to see about 83 percent of the sun covered by the moon.
In Franklin County the eclipse will be seen at 2:41 pm.

Try not to miss this one or you'll be waiting a while to see another.

The next eclipse will be on April 8th, 2024.
The Apalachicola Margaret Key Library has ECLIPSE GLASSES for safely observing the eclipse.
They will distribute the glasses free of charge at Riverfront Park in Apalachicola on Saturday, morning at 10 AM.
While you are there you can also learn more about eclipses from Dr. Elizabeth Perkins’ as she discusses facts and myths surrounding eclipses.

And then on Monday, join The Apalachicola Chamber of Commerce, Apalachicola Main Street and the Apalachicola Margaret Key Library for an eclipse viewing party on at Riverfront Park, beginning at 2 pm.  



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HCOLA to hold city commission political forum on August 22nd




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Panhandle Players Annual Membership Meeting



The Panhandle Players Annual Membership Meeting will be held Sunday, August 20, at 3:00 pm, at the Chapman Auditorium, Hwy 98 and 14th Street, Apalachicola. Light refreshments will be served. 

If you have ever been interested in being part of community theatre, now is your chance to get involved, to find out how you can participate, learn new things and meet new people. If you are already an active member, bring a friend. Theatrical experience is appreciated but not necessary, and there is no age requirement.   

Along with the camaraderie of socializing with friends and fellow thespians, and learning what the 2017 - 2018 Season will bring to the Chapman stage, attendees will have the opportunity to join as active members or renew their current membership. Active membership dues are $5.00 for the year.

Active renewing members, as well as new members will be asked to sign up for areas of interest, or preferences for how they wish to participate in the Panhandle Players' productions. Besides actors and directors, the Players need volunteers for makeup, photography, ushering, lighting and sound techs, box office, stage and house management, set design and construction, graphic design, props and wardrobe, concessions, and the myriad other skills, talents, and work it takes to "put on a show."

Active members will also be asked to vote on candidates for the 2017-2018 Board of Directors.

The Panhandle Players have been staging productions for 30 years, all done by volunteers with a passion for the theatre arts. Come join us at the Annual Membership Meeting and get hooked on community theatre.  



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Franklin County receives 74K is state aid for libraries

County Commissioners this week agreed to accept state money to help fund our county libraries.
The board signed off on the State Aid Library Grant which provides a little over $74,000 in funding for the County Library System.

The money is vital for public libraries to provide their services.
Overall the state of Florida provides over 22 million dollars to libraries statewide

Gulf County was awarded over 56 thousand dollars this year through the program while Wakulla County received about 80 thousand dollars for its county library system.


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Franklin County Humane Society Pet of the Week

BONNIE BLUE is a 9-12 month old Husky mix. She is an absolutely lovely dog. She is beautiful to look at, her temperament is sweet and social, and her manners are flawless. She is heartworm negative and spayed. This little lady will make some very lucky person or family an ideal pet.


Volunteers are desperately needed to socialize all of our dogs and
cats. We are always looking for people willing to bring one of our
animals into their home to be fostered for various needs. Anytime you
can spare would be greatly appreciated.

Call Karen at 670-8417 for more details or visit the Franklin County
Humane Society at 244 State Road 65 in Eastpoint. You may logon to
the website at www.forgottenpets.org to see more of our adoptable
pets.



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Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce E-Newsletter for August 18th





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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Gulf Council Seeks Applicants for Ad Hoc Red Snapper and Grouper-Tilefish Individual Fishing Quota Program (IFQ) Advisory Panel

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August 17, 2017
 
Gulf Council Seeks Applicants for Ad Hoc Red Snapper and Grouper-Tilefish Individual Fishing Quota Program (IFQ) Advisory Panel
Application Deadline is 5:00 pm ESTSeptember 8, 2017
 
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has decided to disband its Ad Hoc Red Snapper IFQ Advisory Panel and replace it with an Advisory Panel that incorporates both red snapper and grouper-tilefish IFQ fishermen and fish dealers.  The Council is currently accepting applications for membership on the Ad Hoc Red Snapper and Grouper-Tilefish IFQ Advisory Panel.
 
Advisory panels are charged with advising the Council on specific fishery issues and are comprised of individuals who are knowledgeable and interested in the conservation and management of the fishery resources, or who are engaged in the harvest of Gulf of Mexico managed species. Membership provides individuals with an opportunity to become more directly involved in the management decision-making process.
 
Advisory panel members generally meet no more than once or twice per year and are compensated for travel and per diem expenses.
 
To apply to this Ad Hoc Advisory Panel, visit:
 
If you have any questions, please call the Council office at 813-348-1630.
 
Applications must be received by 5:00 pm EST on September 8, 2017 for consideration by the Council during its October and January meetings. Applicants will be notified of their application status after the appointment process is completed.


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DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER


~Florida Highway Patrol participating in national enforcement campaign August 17 – September 4~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over safety campaign, starting today, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) will concentrate enforcement efforts on impaired driving through the Labor Day holiday. FHP joins law enforcement and highway safety agencies across the nation to remove impaired drivers from roadways and save lives.
To Arrive Alive, always:

  • Drive sober; never drive impaired.
  • Buckle up, ever time.
  • If you do drink, plan ahead. Designate a sober driver or use a ride service.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, call *FHP (*347). This could save a life.




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Weekend Prison Visitation Cancelled Statewide to Ensure Safety

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Corrections announced the cancellation of weekend visitation at all Institutions for Saturday, August 19, and Sunday, August 20. This cancellation includes all major institutions, work camps and annex facilities.
In response to credible intelligence indicating that small groups of inmates at several institutions may attempt to disrupt FDC operations and impact safety and security, FDC has, in an abundance of caution and in the best interest of staff, inmate and public safety, cancelled all visitation statewide. FDC looks forward to resuming normal visitation as soon as possible.

This cancellation does not apply to work release centers.

For more information about the Department and our facilities and programs, please visit www.dc.state.fl.us.

For any questions, please contact the Office of Citizens’ Services at (850) 488-7052 or email CO-CitServMailbox@fdc.myflorida.com.


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Governor and cabinet present SHINE award to local teachers

The Governor and Cabinet this week recognized three area teachers with the Governor’s SHINE Award.

The Shine Award is presented to Floridians who have positively helped Florida students through education.

Natasha Pennycuff, a first grade teacher at the Franklin County School was recognized.

Natasha was named Franklin county Teacher of the Year this year.

Lauralee Mitchell, who has taught at Shadeville Elementary for eight years was also recognized by the governor and cabinet this week.

Lauralee currently teaches first grade.

She is the 2017 Wakulla County District Teacher of the Year and was recognized with Macy’s “Magic of Giving Back” award at the 2017 Teacher of the Year gala.

Jennifer Lee who has taught kindergarten and special education at W.R. Tolar School in Liberty county for the past 11 years also received the SHINE award.


Jennifer is the 2017 Liberty County District Teacher of the Year.


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Applications being accepted for Apalachicola Hurricane Loss Mitigation Program



Moderate to low income residents of Apalachicola can now apply for the city's Hurricane Loss Mitigation Program.

This program provides homeowners a greater resistance against high force winds, quicker recovery time, lower insurance premiums, and its FREE to qualified applicants.

To be eligible you must be a Homeowner living within the City of Apalachicola, and live in a single family home.

Mobile homes, trailers and multi-family units are not eligible.

You must also Meet Household Income Requirements – the program is for Moderate to Low Income residents only.

Applications can be obtained at Apalachicola City Hall or at the City’s website at www.cityofapalachicola.com.
  


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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

NOAA Fisheries FishNews – August 16, 2017


NOAA Fish News
August 16, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS


Bigeye Tuna at Honolulu Fish Market
Bigeye tuna at the Honolulu Fish Auction. Photo by Joseph Bennington-Castro.
Improving Fisheries Through an International Exchange of Ideas
In June, resource management delegates from the Philippines traveled to Honolulu to meet with NOAA staff, strengthening the collaboration between the United States and the Philippines on international marine resource management. The two groups spent the week sharing ideas and experiences about fisheries science, management, and enforcement.

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2018 Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Competition
The 2018 Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant competition is now open. The S-K grant program funds projects that address the needs of fishing communities, support sustainable fisheries, and keep working waterfronts viable. Pre-proposals, which are required, are due October 10.

Atlantic sturgeon
Final Rule on Critical Habitat for Atlantic Sturgeon
NOAA Fisheries is designating critical habitat for threatened and endangered Atlantic sturgeon. A formal critical habitat designation under the Endangered Species Act focuses conservation efforts and ensures federal agencies work with NOAA Fisheries to minimize impacts to important sturgeon habitat.

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Reminder: Comments due on Offshore Oil and Gas
By tomorrowAugust 17, please submit your comments on a new 5-year National Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing Program on the Outer Continental Shelf. Learn moreabout this program from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.


Alaska


North Pacific Right Whale A. Kennedy
North Pacific right whale. Photo by A. Kennedy.
Field Dispatch: Rare Right Whales Sighted
Exciting news from the Eastern Bering Sea: scientists searching for critically endangered North Pacific right whales spotted not one, but two, of the rare animals. The researchers were able to capture images and collect important biological data.


West Coast


NOAA Ship Reuben Lasker
Fishermen See Science in Action on NOAA Ship
This year, scientists conducting a survey of coastal pelagic species off the West Coast partnered with fishermen to expand their reach into nearshore waters. Part of this collaboration involved bringing two fishermen aboard NOAA Ship Reuben Lasker to see first-hand how the survey is conducted.

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Adélie penguins in Antarctica. Photo by Grace Saba.
Scientists Use Chemical Signatures to Track Antarctic Penguins
A new study co-authored by NOAA’s Antarctic Ecosystem Research Division examined a new method of tracking the migrations of penguin populations. Researchers can analyze the chemical signatures in an adult penguin’s feathers to learn where the bird has been and what it has been eating—without capturing and tagging it.


Pacific Islands


Hawaiian Monk Seals on Nihoa
Monk Seal Research Expedition
NOAA Ship Hi’ialakai departs this month on a 19-day research expedition in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands to support Hawaiian monk seal and green sea turtle research and recovery activities. The ship will also pick up biologists who have spent the summer encamped in the remote islands to study monk seals and sea turtles.

Hawaiian monk seal survivor
RK-30 has also survived shark attacks and entanglements.
Man Sentenced for Beating Hawaiian Monk Seal
In April 2016, witnesses recorded and posted a video of a man beating a pregnant Hawaiian monk seal, and authorities made a quick arrest. This summer, following an investigation by NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement and Hawaii’s Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement, the perpetrator was found guilty and sentenced to prison.


Southeast


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August 2017 Gulf Council Update
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met in San Antonio this month to discuss a number of fishery issues. Read a summary of the Council’s actions.


Greater Atlantic


Baby sturgeon
Photo credit: University of Georgia. NMFS Permit #1420
Species Recovery Grants for Greater Atlantic
Last week, NOAA announced a total of $5.8 million in Species Recovery Grants to states and tribes around the nation. These grants included support for one new project and six continuing projects in the Greater Atlantic region.

Atlantic Sturgeon Incidental Take Permit – Open for Public Comment
NOAA Fisheries received an application from Dominion for a permit to incidentally take endangered Atlantic sturgeon in the course of activities associated with the Chesterfield Power Station along the James River in Virginia. Please submit comments on the application by September 13.

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NOAA Announces River Herring Status Review
NOAA Fisheries is initiating a new status review of alewife and blueback herring. By October 16, please submit any information on the status, threats, and recovery of alewife and blueback herring that has become available since the last determination in 2013.

Events

August 17–30 Northeast Fisheries Science Center’s Groundfish Assessment Port Meetings in four northeast states.
August 19
Open House celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute in Juneau, Alaska.
August 30
Public meeting of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization Consultative Committee in Gloucester, Massachusetts.


Announcements

August 16
Applications due for open seats on the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Advisory Panels.
October 17
Applications due for FY 2018 John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grants.
November 1 Applications due for FY 2018 Species Recovery Grants to States.
November 1
Applications due for FY 2018 Species Recovery Grants to Tribes.


Federal Register Actions

Visit regulations.gov for a list of only those actions open for public comment. Scroll search for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
For a list of all daily actions, check the Federal Register online.


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