National Fisherman


Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

There were signs this week that maybe — maybe — NMFS is finally starting to realize that it needs to start working with fishermen rather than run roughshod over them if the agency's vision of fisheries management is to succeed.

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This week we learned that the NOAA research vessel Henry B. Bigelow's first Northeast bottom trawl survey featuring new trawl gear yielded improved catch rates for many Mid-Atlantic and New England species. What do the region's fishermen take away from this news? Probably depends on who you ask.

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The folks in Michigan aren't having any luck in getting the U.S. Supreme Court to help them combat the influx of Asian carp into the Great Lakes system.

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Just when Oregon salmon gillnetters thought it was safe to go back in the water, the Beaver State chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association is at it again. It's reviving its attempt to place an initiative on the November ballot that would ban salmon gillnetting on the Columbia River.

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Here's a humble suggestion for the first order of business new NMFS chief Eric Schwaab should tackle: Pick a name for your agency and stick with it.

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If the winds of change are as powerful as the ones that blew through Maine last night, fishermen may be able to convince their Congressmen to vote for House and Senate bills aiming to add flexibility to the Magnuson-Stevens Act.

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Bumble Bee Foods' decision to close the nation's last herring cannery is an excellent example of why U.S. fishermen are heading to Washington, D.C., for the fishermen's rally on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

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The Feb. 24 fishermen's march on Washington, D.C., may not have the impact or garner the attention that the 1963 civil rights march on Washington did. But it's important nonetheless.

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Wild-caught Alaska salmon has gained a new Target audience.

Word is that the Minneapolis-based discount store chain, aiming to give its customers a more eco-friendly option, is switching to selling wild salmon instead of the farmed variety. It announced Tuesday that it "has eliminated all farmed salmon from its fresh, frozen and smoked seafood offerings in Target stores nationwide."

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Commerce Department Inspector General Todd Zinser has completed his nationwide review of NOAA's fisheries law enforcement practices, and found them lacking.

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Inside the Industry

The Obama Administration recently announced that it is looking for candidates to be considered for a sustainable fishing prize.

The White House Champion for Change for Sustainable Seafood designation will honor individuals for “contributing to the ongoing recovery of America’s fishing industry and our fishing communities.”

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The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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