Friday, April 6, 2012

BOEM Offshore Renewable Energy Program Public Listening Session

On Tuesday, April 10, 2012, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) will host a Public Listening Session in which Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) representatives will take questions and input from fishermen and other stakeholders regarding offshore renewable energy projects (see below for registration).

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is engaged in siting offshore renewable energy facilities along the Atlantic seaboard.  As part of the planning and analysis for the offshore renewable energy process BOEM is reaching out to fishers to solicit their thoughts regarding offshore renewable energy as well as informing fishers about the offshore renewable energy leasing process.

BOEM will also provide an update on offshore renewable energy activities in the Mid-Atlantic (New York to North Carolina). Updates on the status of other BOEM-funded studies will also be presented during the meeting.

BOEM staff, MAFMC leaders, National Marine Fisheries Service personnel will be present to answer questions. The public can attend in person or via the internet.

For online webinar access register at: This is the same link for listening-in to the MAFMC meeting Agenda.

For questions regarding the Listening Session process, contact Jason Didden at or (302) 526-5254.

Information regarding BOEM’s renewable energy program can be found at:

Meeting Time and Location:

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) Meeting
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Sanderling Inn, 1461 Duck Road, Duck, NC

And Via the Internet at

source: MAFMC

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

2012 Virginia Fly Fishing Festival

The 2012 Virginia Fly Fishing Festival will be held April 21-22, 2012 on the banks of the South River in Waynesboro, Virginia. The event features lectures, fly fishing tips, live music, and more.

The South River, which flows through the center of Waynesboro, is used extensively for demonstrations during the festival. The convienent river access allows anglers to head straight to the river to practice newly learned techniques. The river can be accessed from the festival grounds or by visiting any of the bridge crossings in town.

In urban Waynesboro, the South River is populated by smallmouth bass, bluegill, rainbows, and brown trout. The South River has one of the only urban trout fisheries in Virginia. The river is stocked periodically by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.