National Fisherman

BILOXI, Miss. — The most frequently caught fish in the Gulf of Mexico will soon be off limits to part-time fishermen who sell their catches for extra cash, but that's good news for full-timers.

In 2012, the Commission on Marine Resources approved a rule affecting spotted seatrout that will go into effect May 1.

In order to get a special permit to catch the fish, fishermen with a Commercial Hook and Line license will have to show proof they make at least $5,000 in any 12 consecutive months and 10 percent of their yearly income from catching and selling seafood. As proof they may show sales records or an income tax statement signed or prepared by a tax professional and notarized.

Department of Marine Resources spokeswoman Melissa Scallan said the rule was needed because a lot of recreational fishermen were buying commercial licenses and selling their catches.

"Because there were so many fishermen doing this, getting the license and selling the seatrout, it made us reach the quota early in the season," she said.

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Inside the Industry

The New England Fishery Management Council  is soliciting applications for seats on the Northeast Trawl Survey Advisory Panel and the deadline to apply is July 31 at 5:00 p.m.

The panel will consist of 16 members including members of the councils and the Atlantic States Fishery Commission, industry experts, non-federal scientists and Northeast Fisheries Science Center scientists. Panel members are expected to serve for three years.

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Commercial salmon fishermen will have 12 hours to fish Oregon's lower Columbia River, starting at 7 p.m. tonight.

Biologists upgraded their forecast for the summer king run to 120,000, the largest since at least 1960.

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