National Fisherman


The Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association recently announced that Grant Mirick has been hired to lead all of APICDA’s seafood operations and assume responsibility for the overall success of quality, production and sales throughout our family of vertically integrated companies.

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The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center recently announced its plans to lease space at 38 Bethel Street, starting April 1.

Located in the heart of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the 3000 square foot space will accommodate changing exhibits, public programs, school groups, archives, and community gatherings. Exhibits are under development with a public opening planned for late June.

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Lionsgate Movies recently released the first trailer for "Deepwater Horizon," a film based on events immediately before and after the blowout at the Macondo well in April 2010.

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Blue Harvest Fisheries, backed by its investor Bregal Partners recently announced the acquisition of Harbor Blue Seafoods’ seven scallops vessels and related assets in Massachusetts from Harbor Blue Seafood.

Blue Harvest now owns 15 scallop vessels that operate in Newport News, Va., and New Bedford, Mass.

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(Bloomberg) -- The Obama administration is reversing course on opening Atlantic waters to a new generation of oil and gas drilling, after a revolt by environmentalists and coastal communities that said the activity threatened marine life, fishing and tourism along the U.S. East Coast.

The proposed offshore leasing program being released Tuesday eliminates the administration’s initial plan to auction off drilling rights in as many as 104 million acres of the mid- and south-Atlantic in 2021, according to an Interior Department statement. The proposal also sets the stage for selling oil and gas leases in the Arctic waters of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas, as well as Alaska’s Cook Inlet and the Gulf of Mexico, where 10 auctions were tentatively scheduled from 2017 to 2022.

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A new approach to scallop monitoring in Maine state waters has led to changes in scallop abundance estimates that will reopen three important fishing grounds this season, according to a release from the Maine Department of Marine Resources.

The areas opening are Inner Machias Rotational Area, Wahoa/Jonesport Reach and Gouldsboro Bay and Dyers Bay, which were closed through emergency rulemaking by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on December 13, 2015. The Department will open the areas the week of March 14 by allowing the emergency regulation to lapse.

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On Tuesday, Saving Seafood released a new video highlighting how the U.S. seafood industry is focused on sustainable, traceable, and high-quality local seafood.

Taken from a series of interviews conducted by Saving Seafood at last year’s Seafood Expo, the video features representatives from some of New England’s most prominent seafood companies sharing how they ensure that domestic seafood is fresh, sustainably sourced, and reliably traced.

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program released new and updated assessments on king and snow crab from Alaska last week.

Bristol Bay red king crab from the Eastern Bering Sea has been elevated to a “best choice” by Seafood Watch.

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After serving as director of the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries for over nine years, Dr. Louis Daniel has resigned.

The announcement was made in an email sent by John Evans, the Chief Deputy Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.

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Prowler Fisheries LLC announced last week that it has reached a combined management agreement with Seattle-based Blue North Fisheries.

The combining of management resources is expected to streamline efficiencies and help optimize day-to-day operations for both companies.

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Inside the Industry

Fishermen throughout the Gulf of Mexico are praising Louisiana officials for a series of strong decisions last week that have broken the deadlock of red snapper management in the Gulf of Mexico.

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According to the Portland Press Herald, the Maine Seaweed Festival has been canceled this year due to a rift between the event’s organizers and seaweed harvesters.

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