National Fisherman


Conforming to less-restrictive federal rules that went into effect in August, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission decided Thursday that commercial fishermen can catch and sell three swordfish per vessel, per trip, within the three-mile distance from shore that Florida governs.
 
That matches the new rules adopted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for federal waters, which begin at the three-mile boundary and extend to about 200 miles east of Florida’s shore.
 
“It brings it in line with the federal regulations,” said Fionna Matheson, NOAA spokeswoman. “As far as we know, at this point, they [Florida] are the only state to have done that formally.”
 
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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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