National Fisherman

In the same waters where Blackbeard once sought protection, Capt. Greg Mayer quietly slipped his boat into this busy-by-day, sleepy-by-night fishing village. With his precious treasure secured, he pulled in under the cloak of darkness.
 
That is, until he hit the docks at the Broad Creek Fishing Center & Marina, and a blast of television camera lights lit up his world.
 
Being a celebrity wasn't part of Mayer's game plan when he took to the waters as a New Jersey youngster nearly 40 years ago.
 
That likely will change later this year - thanks to a casting call from "Wicked Tuna."
 
The National Geographic Channel show headed south from its Gloucester, Mass., home this winter to film new episodes. It followed the bluefin tuna migration, so the stars of the show could challenge some of the top fishermen from the Outer Banks.
 
"Wicked Tuna: North vs. South" is slated to premiere later this year.
 
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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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