National Fisherman

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is abandoning a proposal to legalize now-illegal spiny lobster habitat called casitas.
 
POULSBO, Kitsap County — Just hours into the experiment, the prognosis was grim for salmon that had been submerged in rain runoff collected from one of Seattle’s busiest highways. One by one, the fish were removed from a tank filled with coffee-colored water and inspected: They were rigid. Their typically red gills were gray.
 
SAN FRANCISCO — If you are hoping to eat crab on Thanksgiving, you'll love this. Crab boats are coming back absolutely loaded to the gills. The only downside is that huge catch is creating a few challenges.
 
When you hear the term “sustainable seafood,” you might envision a fisherman pulling catch from a pristine sea.
 
But a few weeks ago, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch, arguably the world’s most influential arbiter of seafood sustainability, gave its highest stamp of approval to three companies that are about as far away from that fishing idyll as possible.
 

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Hundreds of crab lovers lined the docks at Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay this weekend to bring home some of the season’s first commercial harvest.
 

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Federal regulators working to save plummeting cod stocks in the Gulf of Maine may decide this week to ban lobster fishing in parts of the ocean where cod spawn – an unprecedented step that raises jurisdictional questions over who calls the shots in managing commercial fisheries.
 
The annual fall migration of Chinook salmon has been delayed by warmer water temperatures and slow-flowing streams in parts of California as the state's three-year drought drags on, hatchery officials said Monday.
 

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There are days, as he navigates his 66th year on the planet and his 43rd year on the water, that Russell Sherman feels like a relic on his way to becoming an anachronism.
 
HONOLULU - Fishermen in waters off Oahu are slowly making their way back to shore after they sent out a distress call Sunday morning saying their boat was sinking.
 

P.E.I. lobster fishermen have voted in favour of a one cent a pound levy on their catches to create a marketing fund.

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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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