National Fisherman

A study rocking the commercial fishing world suggests that at least 20 percent and as much as 32 percent of wild-caught imported fish are "illegally" caught, killed and sold into the U.S. market.
 
The report, published in the current issue of Marine Policy, says United States appetites are unwittingly funding illegal fishing practices by failing to recognize where and how fish are caught. The authors recommend that U.S. importers improve their ability to track the chain of custody of fish used as seafood.
 
The startling findings -- as many as one in three fish on your dinner plate may be illegal -- have sparked defensiveness.
 
"We do not agree with the statistics that are being highlighted in the report," said an official with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, blaming insufficient data for skewing the numbers.
 
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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14

In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.

Inside the Industry

NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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