National Fisherman

When fishermen are at sea to catch monkfish, fluke or other commercial seafood, much larger fish can unintentionally wind up in their nets. Hauling in sand tiger sharks and Atlantic sturgeon can be particularly problematic—not only are they big, they are protected by strict regulations.

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is asking shrimp harvesters to report Asian tiger prawns, a non-native species, in Louisiana waters.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has closed two areas to fishing.

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Come this crab season starting in November, those seeking to get fresh Dungeness, as well as other seafood, will have a new purchasing venue.

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A new ballot measure is set to be voted on in the November state election, and if approved, would put restrictions on mining in Bristol Bay. KDLG's Chase Cavanaugh has more.

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Is the sun setting on Japan's tuna fishing industry? Faced with a recent report that the bluefin tuna population is close to collapse, Tokyo has done an about-turn and decided to slash catches by half.

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Dauphin Island, Al. (Aug. 26, 2014) – The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Marine Resources Division (AMRD) today announced preliminary results of the Alabama Red Snapper Reporting Program, which was implemented in May 2014 to better ascertain the number of recreationally caught red snapper landed in Alabama. Findings were presented to the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council earlier today during its meeting in Biloxi, Mississippi.

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ILWACO — Dredge work in the federally maintained channel leading into the Port of Ilwaco is set to begin at the end of September, nearly a month later than originally expected.

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Scientists at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland are trying to better understand how the ecosystem of Casco Bay is changing. This summer, they launched a comprehensive survey of marine life in the bay that will unfold over the next 10 years. MPBN's Jennifer Rooks caught up with some of the researchers.

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COLUMBIA RIVER — Seines are on the main stem of the Columbia River, catching salmon, selling salmon and, in nearly all ways, acting like a normal commercial fishery.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 8/14/14

In this episode:

  • More cod cuts expected if NOAA data holds
  • Louisiana importing oysters to meet demand
  • N.C. sets new sturgeon bycatch rules
  • BP appeals to Supreme Court on spill settlement
  • Senate releases new Magnuson-Stevens draft

National Fisherman Live: 8/5/14

In this episode, National Fisherman's Boats & Gear Editor Michael Crowley talks with Frances Parrott about the Notus Dredgemaster.

Inside the Industry

PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative has appointed Matt Jacobson as its new executive director.
 
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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene its Red Snapper Advisory Panel Wednesday, July 30, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the council office — 2203 N. Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, in Tampa, Fla. 

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