National Fisherman


JUNEAU — The U.S. Coast Guard terminated the voyages of five commercial fishing vessels for safety violations this weekend, sending five vessels back to Petersburg.

Coast Guard Station Ketchikan boarding teams boarded the commercial fishing vessels and found "a variety of safety violations."

All five vessel crews were required to correct the deficiencies and have a qualified Coast Guard examiner clear the offenses before they can leave port and return to fishing.

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Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.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