National Fisherman


SEATTLE (AP) — The crew aboard a 314-foot fishing vessel off the Washington coast managed to extinguish an engine room fire originally reported as uncontrolled, the Coast Guard said Monday.

No injuries were reported among the 120 people aboard the Arctic Storm.

Four other commercial fishing vessels that responded to a Coast Guard call for assistance evacuated 78 crew members and planned to take them to Westport, Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn said. The remaining 42 crew members planned to continue staffing the Arctic Storm.

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Inside the Industry

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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