National Fisherman


It was unusually quiet along the waterfront as the 2013 halibut fishery got under way last Saturday.

Most of the first fish landed go to Homer, Kodiak and Petersburg, and processors there said there wasn't the usual chatter.

Catch limits have been slashed again this year, the fleet is unhappy about having onboard observers for the first time, and processors are not getting much interest from buyers. The term heard a lot is "halibut fatigue."

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Inside the Industry

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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The New England Fishery Management Council recently elected Dr. John F. Quinn of Massachusetts and E. F. “Terry” Stockwell III of Maine to serve respectively as chairman and vice chairman in the year ahead. The two have led the Council since 2014 but reversed roles this year. 

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