National Fisherman


SAMUT SAKHON, Thailand (AP) — Facing international pressure for failing to stop human trafficking in the seafood trade, Thailand promised almost a year ago to compensate victims of slavery and industry leaders vowed to bring all shrimp processing in-house.

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There are less than 500 North Atlantic right whales left in the world. And now, one less: This weekend, one of the 45-ton creatures was found dead off the coast of Maine, completely entangled in fishing line — head, flippers and all.

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Sweden's push to list live American lobsters as an invasive species and ban their import by the full European Union is "an excessive and unscientific response" that jeopardizes its $125 million lobster trade with Massachusetts, according to Rep. Seth Moulton, Sen. Edward J. Markey and the remainder of the state's congressional delegation.

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HALF MOON BAY (KCBS) — Bay Area crab lovers may soon be celebrating with their favorite crustaceans once again.

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With the stroke of a pen on a proclamation backed by the authority of the 110-year-old Antiquities Act, President Barack Obama on August 26 created the world's largest marine reserve off the coast of Hawaii's northwestern islands.

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In its quest to streamline catch accountings and say so long to paper fish tickets, Alaska officials are planning to integrate salmon weights with hopper scales aboard tender boats next summer.

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To get better data on what’s coming over the rails, three years ago Alaska fishery managers expanded onboard observer coverage for the first time to include halibut longline vessels less than 50 feet in length.

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Each day in fishing communities around the world, not every fish is counted. This happens in part because of illegal fishing, poor or incomplete surveys and discarded fish from commercial operations.

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It’s unusual, nowadays – a fisherman that mongers his fish.

But Meredith native Amanda Parks, 24, and Tim Rider, 40, of Manchester arrive at their boat in Portsmouth about 2 a.m. most mornings before going four or five hours into open ocean.

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Jim Perdue, chairman of the Salisbury based chicken business that bears his family's name, says chickens aren't the biggest problem facing the Chesapeake Bay.

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Inside the Industry

SeaWeb and Diversified Communications are accepting proposals to present at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit up until Friday, September 30.

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Governor Bill Walker has officially requested that the federal government declare a disaster for four Alaska regions hurt by one of the poorest pink salmon returns in decades.

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