An exchange between Texas Sea Grant and NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service is helping shrimp fishermen keep sea turtles safe and themselves on the right side of federal regulations.
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Rockfish were overfished in the 1970s and 1990s, and Rockfish Conservation Areas were put in place. Little is known about the species distribution within the conservation areas now. A team put together by California Sea Grant and The Nature Conservancy hopes to better understand the distribution so that resource managers may allow for more fishing opportunities.