National Fisherman

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — For the first time in 35 years, there will be no shrimp season for New Hampshire fishermen.
This week, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted to shut down the shrimp season for the Gulf of Maine, which includes New Hampshire's coastal waters.
"It's a big blow," said Peter Kendall, manager of Yankee Fisherman's Coop. "It's just been a bad year all the way around, between the ground fishing industry where we were hit 77 percent, and the tuna was very slow, and now not to have a shrimp season in the middle of winter, it's really tough this year."
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Inside the Industry

The anti-mining group Salmon Beyond Borders expressed disappointment and dismay last week at Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s announcement that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

This came just days after his administration asked members of his newly-formed Transboundary Rivers Citizens Advisory Work Group to provide comment on a Draft Statement of Cooperation associated with Transboundary mining.


NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.

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