National Fisherman


It's been a mix of good news and bad news for Maine's fishing industry this week.
 
Shrimp fishermen learned their entire season has been canceled because of dwindling shrimp stocks. Meanwhile, scallop fishermen are getting record prices for their catch in this first week of the season.
 
State regulators say scallop fishermen are bringing in $13 a pound for scallops caught in Cobscook Bay in Down East Maine.
 
Those high prices are helping to offset reduced catch limits designed to help rebuild the stock.
 
Read the full story at New England Cable News>>

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Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.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