National Fisherman

We've just hit the official end of commercial crab fishing on the Oregon coast, and fisherman say this year was better in some areas than others.

Scott Adams, Hallmark Fisheries manager, says the crab turned out to be great. "We did have really good crab, they were nice, they were tasty. Profit wise, not as good, but it keeps us going," he said.

The catch in Charleston was fourth among Oregon ports, with Brookings leading the pack this year for hauling in the most crab.

Overall, landings were better than they've been in recent years, officials said.

The grand total? "18.1 million pounds, preliminary numbers, which means our fishermen brought in $48 million into Oregon's ports," said Hugh Link from the Dungeness Crab Commission.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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Alaskans will meet with British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, when he visits Juneau next week and will ask him to support an international review of mine developments in northwest British Columbia, upstream from Southeast Alaska along the Taku, Stikine and Unuk transboundary rivers.

Some Alaska fishing and environmental groups believe an international review is the best way to develop specific, binding commitments to ensure clean water, salmon, jobs and traditional and customary practices are not harmed by British Columbia mines and that adequate financial assurances are in place up front to cover long-term monitoring and compensation for damages.

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