National Fisherman


Fishermen, get ready to cast your lines.

At exactly 7 a.m. on Thursday, May 16, the first nets will be dropped into Alaskan waters to officially kick off the 2013 Copper River salmon season. The 12-hour fishing period will send the first load of salmon to celebrations in Seattle and points across the United States.

There are predictions for a strong sockeye harvest this year, which marks the 30th Anniversary of when the first Copper River king salmon were shipped fresh to the Seattle market.

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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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