National Fisherman

Officials in Panama have fined the local facility of a US biotechnology company for a series of permitting and regulatory failures around a pioneering attempt to create genetically modified salmon.

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LITTLE EGG HARBOR — Matt Gregg has tried other lines of work away from the water, including a commute to Manhattan for the 9-to-5 office life. But for him, nothing beats farming oysters in Barnegat Bay.

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Hawaii’s longline fleet might be rejoicing about a new opportunity to catch ahi, but a coalition of environmental groups is not on board with the increased catch.

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DETROIT (AP) — The expansion of a spawning reef for lake sturgeon in the Detroit River is helping the fish population recover in the area, raising hopes for future efforts to improve the Great Lakes fishery, wildlife officials said.

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NEWPORT, Ore. — Several members of Oregon's congressional delegation say the Coast Guard has agreed to keep a rescue helicopter at Newport two weeks longer than it had planned — until Dec. 15.

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The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted Monday to reduce Maine’s 2015 allotment of American eel landings by more than 2,000 pounds, according to a state official.
 

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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — Reef Fish Amendment 40, a move in the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to divide the annual recreational red snapper quota in the Gulf's vast federal waters between private anglers and "for-hire" charter boat operations, passed by a 10-7 vote in the final hours of the council's quarterly meeting last week in Mobile, Alabama.
 

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Oct. 27--The state's application for the second phase of federal fishery disaster aid includes about $3 million for an expanded group of federal permit holders and another $3 million that represents the first direct assistance to crew members.
 

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Researchers have discovered a simple but extraordinarily effective means of keeping threatened eulachon out of fishing nets trawling for pink shrimp: light up their escape route. 
 
CHESTERTOWN — Mike Vlahovich, the founder and former director of the Coastal Heritage Alliance, will share his lifelong appreciation for wooden boats and the watermen’s culture when he visits Washington College on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Hosted by the Center for Environment & Society, he will speak in Hynson Lounge at 6 p.m. with a reception to follow.
 

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 10/21/14

In this episode:

North Pacific Council adjusts observer program
Fishermen: bluefin fishing best in 10 years
Catch limit raised for Bristol Bay red king crab
Canadian fishermen fight over lobster size rules
River conference addresses Dead Zone cleanup

National Fisherman Live: 10/7/14

In this episode, National Fisherman Publisher Jerry Fraser talks about the 1929 dragger Vandal.

 

Inside the Industry

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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The Golden Gate Salmon Association will host its 4th Annual Marin County Dinner at Marin Catholic High School, 675 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Kentfield on Friday, Oct 10, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.

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