National Fisherman


In its quest to streamline catch accountings and say so long to paper fish tickets, Alaska officials are planning to integrate salmon weights with hopper scales aboard tender boats next summer.

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To get better data on what’s coming over the rails, three years ago Alaska fishery managers expanded onboard observer coverage for the first time to include halibut longline vessels less than 50 feet in length.

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Each day in fishing communities around the world, not every fish is counted. This happens in part because of illegal fishing, poor or incomplete surveys and discarded fish from commercial operations.

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It’s unusual, nowadays – a fisherman that mongers his fish.

But Meredith native Amanda Parks, 24, and Tim Rider, 40, of Manchester arrive at their boat in Portsmouth about 2 a.m. most mornings before going four or five hours into open ocean.

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Jim Perdue, chairman of the Salisbury based chicken business that bears his family's name, says chickens aren't the biggest problem facing the Chesapeake Bay.

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MADBURY — A researcher at the University of New Hampshire hopes to increase local food production through an integrated land-based aquaculture and hydroponic plant production system.

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NEW BEDFORD — Officials from across the state talked about what a game-changer the new marine sciences expansion will be for UMass Dartmouth and the region during a topping off ceremony in the South End on Monday.

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HANOI, Vietnam — Hundreds of Vietnamese fishermen have filed claims seeking compensation from a Taiwanese steel company that acknowledged its toxic chemicals caused a massive fish kill, a local priest helping the fishermen said Tuesday.

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QUEENSTOWN — Mark Mayberry of Queenstown has a good reason to enhance and protect the population of oysters in the Chester River — he likes to eat oysters.

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On Thursday Sept. 22, a group of recreational boaters reported an entangled North Atlantic right whale north of Cape Cod off Stellwagen Bank.

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Inside the Industry

SeaWeb and Diversified Communications are accepting proposals to present at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit up until Friday, September 30.

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Governor Bill Walker has officially requested that the federal government declare a disaster for four Alaska regions hurt by one of the poorest pink salmon returns in decades.

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