National Fisherman

Just as big eat the little fish in the sea, Cape Cod's fishing fleet is being swallowed by larger pockets that are buying the available quota of cod and other catch.

Can the small family-owned boats survive or will the remaining fishermen wind up as sharecroppers for someone else's fleet?

"It would be nice to think if we wanted to go fishing we didn't have to work for anybody else but with consolidation it doesn't seem to be going that way," said Jason Amaru, who fishes ground fish put of Chatham.

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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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