National Fisherman

Alaska’s great Bristol Bay, home to the nation’s greatest salmon fishery. will be off-limits to oil and gas leasing under a decision announced late Tuesday by President Obama.
 

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Two men were rescued Tuesday after escaping from a burning lobster boat near Crane Island off Vinalhaven, said Coast Guard officials.

This month, Congress announced it would work to reduce the financial strain on commercial fishermen who participated in a federal buyback of permits and fishing boats, mostly draggers, in California back in 2003.
 

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COLUMBIA ESTUARY — The female chum salmon doesn’t look good. It’s ragged, heavy with eggs, flopping its way up Stewart Creek in Clatskanie, Ore., on an early December day, searching for somewhere to spawn before it dies.
 

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The Lobster Trap Christmas Tree is a tradition that only a historic fishing community like Gloucester could pull off. This year, the Jewish community at the city’s Temple Ahavat Achim wanted to join the holiday excitement — and thus was born the idea for the Lobster Trap Menorah.
 

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PASS CHRISTIAN -- Work doesn't really feel like work for Adam Toler, for he spends six days a week surrounded by the Mississippi Sound. He and his small crew leave the Pass Christian Harbor around sunrise each morning and return in the early afternoon with sacks of oysters to sell to seafood dealers as soon as they hit the harbor launch again.
 

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PORTLAND (AP) — The 2014 lobster fishing season appears to have resulted in a lower total catch than the previous two years — meaning slightly higher prices for consumers — but it remained a productive year, lobstermen say.
 

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Herpes has devastated 26 percent of France’s oyster production since the summer of 2008. Halfway around the world in Australia, the virus killed 10 million oysters in three days.
 
The shrimping industry’s impact on Kemp’s ridley sea turtles is at an all-time low, according to a recent study by fisheries management expert Benny Gallaway, one of the presenters at the International Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Symposium that took place in Brownsville last month.
 

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Think about wearing a life jacket to work. What comes to mind? Do you think cool, comfortable, and easy-to-work in? Or, are you more inclined to think of life jackets as cumbersome, uncomfortable, and interfering? If you are leaning toward the latter, you’re right on track with what NIOSH heard from commercial fishermen back in 2008.
 

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14

In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.

Inside the Industry

NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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