National Fisherman


Two fishermen have been fined thousands of dollars and one is temporarily barred from fishing in Canadian waters for illegally catching halibut aboard the Portuguese Lady off of Shelburne County, N.S.

Steven Edward Goreham and Corey Wade Barkhouse were convicted in Bridgewater court late last month.The Department of Fisheries and Oceans released details on Tuesday.

Goreham has been fined $10,000 and can't fish in Canada for five years. Barkhouse faces $37,000 in fines.

The Portuguese Lady has been under investigation since April of 2010.

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The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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