National Fisherman

Mixed Catch 

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

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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The value of collaborative research projects in which scientists and fishermen work together to collect fisheries data is becoming increasingly clear. And you need look no further than our August issue for a good example.

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It's said that the orange lobster is extremely rare — reportedly the chances of seeing one are about one in 10 million. But one of the rare bugs, whose color is caused by a genetic defect, made its way into a lobster trap in the Bay of Fundy on Friday.

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Sad news out of Alaska yesterday, as the Coast Guard announced it was suspending the active search for a 25-year-old man who went overboard from the Juneau-based F/V Swift near Porpoise Island, 40 miles west of Juneau, late Monday night.

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Father's Day is this Sunday, June 16, and happily, Phillip Tuttle will get to celebrate it with his family. That prospect didn't seem so certain this past weekend when the 90-year-old Long Point, Maine, lobsterman's boat ran aground on ledges.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 1/27/15

In this episode:

Assessment: Atlantic menhaden is not overfished
Bering Sea pollock fishery casts off
Dock to Dish opens Florida’s first CSF
Second wave of disaster funds for Alaska
Fisherman lands N.C.’s largest bluefin ever

Inside the Industry

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is still seeking public review and comment on the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management Conformance Criteria (Version 1.2, September 2011). The public review and comment period, which opened on Dec. 3, 2014, runs through Monday, Feb. 3.

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NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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