National Fisherman

Crew members and dock workers interested in determining their eligibility for a slice of $3 million in federal fishing disaster funds can have their questions answered at today's workshop at the Division of Marine Fisheries' Annisquam Station office on Emerson Avenue.

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MONTEREY, Calif. (KGO) -- Conservationists and fishermen up and down the West Coast are increasingly at odds over the disappearing sardine. The sardine fishing season has been stopped for the next 14 months. In Monterey's famous Cannery Row, the sardine industry collapsed 70 years ago. And now, history may be repeating itself.

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Maine marine officials for the first time have permanently revoked a commercial fisherman's licenses.

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In 2013, pink salmon returns in Southeast Alaska broke records, leading commercial fishermen to catch more than 100 million salmon from all five species for the first time ever in the region. Biologists don't expect this year to be quite as stellar, but pinks, which tend to run in odd year cycles, are expected to carry the year for commercial fishermen once again.

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NEW ORLEANS — Before the oil spill ravaged Louisiana's marshlands, Randy Borne pulled in 70 dozen wire crates a day of squirming blue crabs. His traps dotted the swampy waters behind his house near Golden Meadow, a sprawling bayou town 80 miles south of New Orleans.

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MONTGOMERY — Decatur officials are speaking out against a bill to again allow net fishing on the Tennessee River, and they're urging the state Senate to kill it.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Several fish stocks from Maine to Florida are rebounding and are no longer subject to overfishing, federal regulators said Thursday.

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Tens of thousands of sea turtles are estimated to be killed each year by shrimping nets in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic, and an environmental group is suing federal regulators to do a better job protecting the endangered species.

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OK, we're all Alaskans and we seem to love a good political fight. We really like to fight about fish. So grab the popcorn for the next round. If you're following this, then you've seen half a dozen editorials, letters to the editor and stories over my nomination to the Alaska Board of Fisheries, all written by someone else. Most recently from an out-of-state individual paid to advance one group's vision. With a couple days to go before the Legislature makes a decision, you need to hear from the applicant himself.

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The bluefin tuna is on the rebound a decade after it symbolized the failure of international fisheries management. Some scientists and Maine fishermen say the assessment by federal regulators is overdue.

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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

Today Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced legislation to extend a permanent exemption for incidental runoff from small commercial fishing boats.

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The National Working Waterfront Network is now accepting abstracts and session proposals for the next National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium, taking place Nov. 16-19 in Tampa, Fla. The deadline is Tax Day, April 15.

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