National Fisherman

Beau Gillis landed a 219-pound halibut, fishing solo out of Freeport.

About three years ago, he caught a 240-pound halibut but had to use his hauler to get it aboard. This one he pulled aboard with his own strength.

When he saw the 83-inch fish lying on the deck of his little boat, it was the crowning moment of a great day on the water.

"Fishing is hard, sometimes brutally hard," he said two days later. "But this day there wasn't any work to it. The fish were coming and I was loving it."

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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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