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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.

Can fishermen gain a greater voice in fisheries management?

One hopes so. But then again, fishermen — the folks who actually interact with finfish and shellfish regularly — don't seem to carry much clout when it comes to management or preservation of marine species.

So it'll be interesting to see whether the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and the New Hampshire Department of Fish & Game and Division of Marine Fisheries can convince a federal district court judge to provide relief from the Framework 42 regulations http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081209/NEWS/812090339 that barely allow groundfishermen to wet a net.
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Thank heavens for the Knights of the Lobstah Traps! They have saved us from a cruel fate at the hands — er, claws — of crafty crustaceans intent on exacting revenge on us all.

Perhaps, like me, you were too caught up in Thanksgiving festivities to notice. It's understandable, as we were so preoccupied with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, football games and half-time naps that we didn't realize that we were in peril.

But readers of the comic strip "Non Sequitur" by Wiley Miller learned last week that we were in danger of being overrun by angry, giant, talking lobsters, thanks to "The Curse of Luxury."
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Fishermen are being tarred with the same brush being used to blast the Bush administration regarding last-minute regulations that critics say aim to end environmental protections and erode our civil liberties.

Stories are starting to crop up in the press concerning what critics say is the lame-duck administration's 11th hour efforts to weaken the Endangered Species Act and expand the FBI's power to spy on ordinary Americans; they're among what a Baltimore Sun editorial calls "dozens of other controversial new interpretations of federal law that are being rushed through required administrative reviews with extraordinary haste."

The problem, the Sun and others say, is these new last-minute rules will bypass Congress and ignore the will of the people. Moreover, the media say, they will tie the hands of President-elect Barrack Obama and prove very difficult to undo.
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If you ever wondered about the value of survival suits, you need look no further than the sinking of the Seattle-based Katmai last week.

The 93-foot catcher processor, loaded with cod and heading for Dutch Harbor, Alaska, reportedly took on water in the stern and lost its steering before eventually sinking.

Four members of the 11-member crew were rescued. The bodies of five other crewmen were recovered; two other crewmen's bodies were not found.
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Like Michael Myers in the "Halloween" movies, the Exxon Valdez oil spill case refuses to die.

That seems appropriate with Halloween almost upon us. Horror movie buffs, welcome to "Nightmare on Prince William Sound." Freddie Krueger would, um, kill to have his slasher movie franchise last this long.

Apparently, legal wrangling over punitive damage payments to plaintiffs in the Exxon saga isn't over. Lawyers for Seattle-based Sea Hawk Seafoods, a processing company that had a plant in Valdez, are asking a federal judge to set aside an allocation plan for distributing the $505 million Exxon-Mobil must pay plaintiffs.
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The World Wide Fund for Nature is seeing red over bluefin.

According to an Agence France-Presse article http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5iOx3Z__xvoOig-_pRzKBMLF7sLCw, WWF, sounding a tad like Regis Philbin ranting on his morning talk show, is asserting that Italy is "totally out of control" when it comes to fishing for bluefin tuna.

Usually, one raises an eyebrow when an environmental group starts barking that commercial fishing harvest practices are emptying the world's oceans of fish. But WWF tends to put its money where its mouth is. For example, they're the folks behind the International Smart Gear Competition, which awards cash prizes for the best ideas promoting sustainable fishing practices.
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All disasters aren't created equal in the White House's eyes.

Consider the West Coast salmon disaster, which this year left the region's troll fishermen without a commercial season. West Coast governors petitioned for a federal fisheries disaster declaration, which came in May.

In July Congress appropriated $170 million in federal disaster relief money that would be paid to trollers and related businesses affected by the salmon closure. It took until mid-September for the money to be released. Well, some of it.

You see, NOAA announced in mid-September that it was releasing $100 million of the aid package. The agency says the remaining $70 million will be disbursed later in the year as the $100 million is spent.
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It's not every day that Dame Fortune calls you.

I mean literally calls you. The phone rang, I picked up the receiver and there was Dame Fortune on the line.

I have, of course, been awaiting this call for years. I am not fussy; music, TV, movies, it's all good. All I ask is that my undeniable talent, good looks and awe-inspiring modesty are finally recognized.

Alas, the call wasn't actually for me. It was for you. Despite my disappointment, I took a message, which I am dutifully passing along.
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Can you imagine a fisherman being president of the United States?

It's not so farfetched a dream, now is it? Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is Sen. John McCain's choice as running mate on the Reublican presidential ticket. And should the 72-year-old McCain be elected president, Palin would assume the reins should anything happen to the commander in chief.

If that happened, that would make a fisherman the leader of the free world. Palin fishes commercially for salmon in Bristol Bay, as does her husband, Todd, a lifelong commercial fisherman, who would become first gentleman.
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Diamonds may just be a Bristol Bay fisherman's best friend.

Well, if not diamonds outright, then the folks who sell them are. According to a story on the National Jeweler Network's Web site http://www.nationaljewelernetwork.com/njn/content_display/high_volume/e3i4c84d87c8ff2e248eda0c7d12d218eb5?imw=Y, Tiffany and Co., New York's famed Fifth Avenue jeweler, is urging fellow industry members to oppose the proposed Pebble Mine, which would be situated in the Bristol Bay region.
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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 8/14/14

In this episode:

  • More cod cuts expected if NOAA data holds
  • Louisiana importing oysters to meet demand
  • N.C. sets new sturgeon bycatch rules
  • BP appeals to Supreme Court on spill settlement
  • Senate releases new Magnuson-Stevens draft

National Fisherman Live: 8/5/14

In this episode, National Fisherman's Boats & Gear Editor Michael Crowley talks with Frances Parrott about the Notus Dredgemaster.

Inside the Industry

PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative has appointed Matt Jacobson as its new executive director.
 
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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene its Red Snapper Advisory Panel Wednesday, July 30, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the council office — 2203 N. Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, in Tampa, Fla. 

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