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Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

Top 5 Mixed Catch Stories

I saw an interesting Providence Journal story about how roughly a dozen New England lobstermen are participating in a collaborative research program. They're using tablet computers and digital calipers to record data about the bugs they harvest for a lobster survey being coordinated by the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation, a Kingston, R.I.-based non-profit group. Started by fishermen in 2004, the foundation promotes a collaborative approach to fisheries research that involves harvesters.

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Linc Bedrosian's photos offer a glimpse into his trip out of Point Judith, R.I., on the 90-foot Darana R with the Northeast Monitoring and Assessment Program  team on the final day of its spring 2013 trawl survey of Mid-Atlantic and southern New England nearshore waters. Add a comment Add a comment

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Come Monday, Americans will get to celebrate Labor Day, a holiday that the U.S. Department of Labor says Congress created in 1894 to pay tribute to the economic and social achievements of U.S. workers. And who deserves to be recognized for their work more than our nation's fishermen?

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Drought conditions have taken a toll on fresh water levels in rivers important to Florida and California commercial fishermen. And trying to ensure that water is allocated fairly so that the needs of all resource users — fishermen included — are met is proving to be one tough task.

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Nearly a year after Florida sought a commercial fisheries failure declaration from the U.S. Commerce Department, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker issued that declaration for Apalachicola Bay's struggling oyster fishery on Tuesday. A lack of fresh water from the Apalachicola River exacerbated by drought conditions has caused a serious decline in the bay's oyster production.

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Count Asian tiger prawns as the latest invasive species posing a threat to U.S. commercial species. The non-native shellfish's presence is growing in Louisiana waters.

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The official christening of the 184-foot longliner Northern Leader, the subject of our September issue cover story, took place in Seattle yesterday, drawing hundreds of folks to the event. Guests attending the celebration were treated to tours of the vessel and lunch at Pier 91 at the Port of Seattle. They also heard a variety of speakers, including U.S. senators from Washington and Alaska offer a few words to commemorate the happy occasion.

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Here at NF, we're focused on the health of the fishing industry. But we also try to pay attention to the health of the people in the industry, too.

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So I got married 10 days ago, exchanging I do's with my lovely bride, Kelley — a fisherman's daughter, no less. How's that for dedication to the industry?

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While the average American is contemplating whether to grill up hot dogs, hamburgers or both for their Fourth of July celebration, commercial fishermen in Alaska's Bristol Bay have salmon on the brain.

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Inside the Industry

The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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