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Mixed Catch 

lincIn Mixed Catch, NF Senior Editor Linc Bedrosian spotlights a wide range of commercial fishing-related news items from coast to coast.

The tuna auction at Tokyo's historic Tsukiji seafood market has become a top tourist attraction for foreigners, according to an Associated Press story that appeared in the Asbury Park (N.J.) Press. In fact, it's become so popular, auction officials actually had to suspend tours of the pre-dawn tuna auctions for a few weeks. It seems the tourists were getting a little unruly — apparently to the point where people were licking the tuna.

As syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry would say, I am not making this up.
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I think my dictionary is broken. Its definition of the word "harass" seems different from that of federal officials.

According to my well-worn copy of Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, tenth edition, the definition of the verb "harass" reads as follows:

"1 a: EXHAUST, FATIGUE b: to annoy persistently 2: to worry and impede by repeated raids"
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It's the first day of spring, and efforts are afoot that aim to end the long winter of discontent that's plagued the Northeast groundfish fishery.

Federal fishing regulations have become ever stricter as managers have attempted to rebuild populations of lagging groundfish stocks within the Magnuson-Stevens Act's 10-year time frame. Now it's feared that if the interim management rule is implemented come May 1, it will destroy what's left of the groundfish fleet, whose numbers have thinned over the years with each turn of the management screw.
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Yesterday I saw something I wasn't sure I'd ever see: A letter to the editor written by a fisherman praising a daily newspaper's coverage of the commercial fishing industry.

But that's exactly what fisherman Russell A. Sherman of the Lady Jane did when he praised the Gloucester (Mass.) Daily Times for its coverage of the recent groundfish management battles that have taken place.
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Sometimes it seems like fishermen must spend more time off the water just to preserve their ability to stay on it.

For example, in California, the state's Marine Life Protection Act of 1999 calls for a network of marine protected areas along its coast. Consequently, Southern California's commercial and recreational fishermen have teamed up to craft a proposal for marine protected areas http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2009/mar/02/1s2outdoors201534-proposal-offered-start-fishermen/.
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Valentine's Day was Saturday, but NMFS wasn't feeling the love.

When NMFS announced its interim rules for the 2009 groundfishing season, angry Northeast fishermen roundly criticized the fisheries management agency. The combination of further whittling of days at sea and increased area closures, including most of southern New England groundfishing grounds, further handcuffed an already struggling fleet.

Even folks in the environmental community said the agency's restrictions went too far.
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A pox upon you, Punxsutawney Phil!

Wait, I take it back. I mean, I want to shake my fist at Pennsylvania's prognosticating groundhog for seeing his shadow on Groundhog Day, dooming us to six more weeks of winter. But I don't want to incur the wrath of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

After all, PETA is already steamed at the fishing industry for — as they see it — cruelly capturing critters from the briny deep. Sure, seafood provides a wealth of health benefits and is an affordable and outstanding source of protein. But doggone it, PETA says, fish are people, too!
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Will the feeling of hope spurred by yesterday's inauguration of President Barack Obama extend to U.S. commercial fishermen?

I hope so.

I hope a new director for NMFS is named soon. I hope that the new agency head will establish a fisheries management policy that promotes sustainable fisheries, yet balances the needs of fish and fishermen.
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I don't know what's more chilling — the sub-zero temperature I woke up to this morning or NMFS' seeming insistence on gutting New England's small-boat fishing fleets.

I'm inclined to believe it's the latter. And that point was driven home by an article in the Gloucester (Mass.) Daily Times, which asserts that the goal of federal fisheries policy is to whittle down the small-boat fleets http://www.gloucestertimes.com/fishing/x645317714/Feds-Fish-rules-goal-is-to-reduce-fleet?keyword=secondarystory in New England ports.
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Nothing says Happy New Year quite like earning more than $100,000 for a bluefin tuna.

Certainly the fishermen who landed the 282-pound Japanese bluefin would agree. According to an Associated Press report, on Monday, two sushi bar owners plunked down 9.63 million yen — $104,700 — at the Tokyo fish auction for the privilege of purchasing the prized tuna.

That's the most a bluefin has fetched at the Tokyo auction since 2001 when another Japanese bluefin commanded a record 20 million yen, which translates into approximately $214,000.
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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 10/21/14

In this episode:

North Pacific Council adjusts observer program
Fishermen: bluefin fishing best in 10 years
Catch limit raised for Bristol Bay red king crab
Canadian fishermen fight over lobster size rules
River conference addresses Dead Zone cleanup

National Fisherman Live: 10/7/14

In this episode, National Fisherman Publisher Jerry Fraser talks about the 1929 dragger Vandal.

 

Inside the Industry

NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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The Golden Gate Salmon Association will host its 4th Annual Marin County Dinner at Marin Catholic High School, 675 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Kentfield on Friday, Oct 10, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.

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