National Fisherman

Samish Bay shellfish growers are bracing themselves for a two-month oyster harvest closure due to the contaminant vibrio parahaemolyticus and a series of related illnesses.

Following the state Department of Health's announcement Monday that shellfish from the bay was the confirmed source of one illness and a possible source of three others, Taylor Shellfish Farms and Blau Oyster Co. were looking for ways to keep their employees busy and sales up until the harvest ban expires Sept. 30.

For small operations like Blau where oysters are the primary product, not being able to sell them may force the business to close its doors for the rest of the summer.

Owner Paul Blau hopes to secure an exemption from the state to sell shucked oysters marked with a warning label, which he said he did last year in order to maintain some sales and keep his crew intact.

With an exemption, sales would still take a hit because of the number of people who prefer live oysters, Blau said. But without it he'll have no choice but to close.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

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Inside the Industry

NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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Alaskans will meet with British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, when he visits Juneau next week and will ask him to support an international review of mine developments in northwest British Columbia, upstream from Southeast Alaska along the Taku, Stikine and Unuk transboundary rivers.

Some Alaska fishing and environmental groups believe an international review is the best way to develop specific, binding commitments to ensure clean water, salmon, jobs and traditional and customary practices are not harmed by British Columbia mines and that adequate financial assurances are in place up front to cover long-term monitoring and compensation for damages.

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