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jesJes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.

 

Welcome, Australia, to the U.S. fishermen's conundrum.

This week The Australian reported that Aussie fishermen are critical of their government's openness to drastic cuts in the country's bluefin catch because the fishermen believe it punishes them unfairly while allowing Japanese overfishing to go unimpeded.
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JHathaway2 As the attendees of the International Arctic Fisheries Symposium get down to work on day two of a gathering that will carefully analyze the possibilities for commercial fisheries in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, the Obama administration has approved Shell Oil's plan for exploration and drilling in the Beaufort.
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The editorial staff of National Fisherman has seen so many pitches and previews of fishing-inspired films and documentaries come over the transom in the last year that we keep half-jokingly tossing around the idea of hosting a film festival.

All kidding aside, it's great to see the industry reaching out to the masses via this influential and moving medium.
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The Obama administration has taken on the ominous task of unifying U.S. ocean policy.

In a first step in what is sure to be a long journey, NOAA has been holding a series of public hearings to get feedback from stakeholders. The outcry of which seems to point to the ineffective style of managing fisheries individually.
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JHathaway2 Every year, the editors of National Fisherman gather our favorite reader-submitted Crew Shots to publish on the cover and in a spread of our January issue.

We look forward to this issue because it reminds us of who our readers are and how hard you all work to bring fresh, healthy protein to the docks of American cities and towns from coast to coast.
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This week three workers for a now-defunct U.K. wholesale and retail company were sentenced for a scam in which farmed salmon was falsely labeled as organic.

False or misleading labeling has been a problem for the fishing and organic industries for years.
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The Maine lobster fishery has gotten a lot of press this summer for heightened tension in several fishing communities.

But the most explosive blow came this week from the U.S. Coast Guard.
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JHathaway2 A year and a half ago, I was standing in the hallway of the Rhode Island Convention Center discussing with the late Phil Ruhle Sr. the pitfalls of establishing groundfish catch shares.

I will never forget the voracity with which he attempted to plead the case of so many fishermen who were arguing at a recent New England Fishery Council Meeting that their catches were not recorded correctly and would, therefore, negatively affect their catch shares under the new program.
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Yesterday Alaska's Anchorage Daily News reported that Exxon's lawyers are paving the way for the last payments to Valdez claimants.

Since December Exxon's legal team has been sending out checks for $383 million, most of the original punitive damages award. The interest on the damages totals another $470 million.
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Yesterday Commerce Secretary Gary Locke officially approved the Arctic Fishery Management Plan recommended by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

Also yesterday, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski held a Senate field hearing on the topic in Anchorage.
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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

The National Marine Educators Association has partnered with NOAA this year to offer all conference attendees an educational session on how free NOAA data can add functionality to navigation systems and maritime apps.

Session topics include nautical charts, tides and currents, seafloor data, buoy networking and weather, among others.

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NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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