National Fisherman


With a crystalline portrait of America’s oldest seaport serving as the backdrop, Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday attacked NOAA’s plan to force fishermen to pay for at-sea observers on their boats and reiterated his pledge to help convince the federal fishing regulator to consider science other than its own.

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Unusually warm water temperatures and low river levels are killing salmon in the Matanuska and Susitna valleys. Hundreds of Arctic char, recently stocked by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, have also gone belly up in Campbell Point Lake, also known as Little Campbell Lake, inside Anchorage's Kincaid Park.

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Kori Roberts has a seasonal job that might sound like a horror movie script. She collects heads in Noyo Harbor for the Department of Fish and Wildlife, going to commercial and private boats to saw them off, bag them and carry them away in a cooler.

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Maine’s elver fishermen will have the same quota next spring when they fish for the valuable baby eels.

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EVERETT, Wash. -- After more than a decade of work, Northwest Straights Foundation is celebrating the clearing of abandoned fishing nets from more than 800 acres of marine habitat in Puget Sound.

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Dozens of Louisiana shrimpers — ranging from Vietnamese-Americans to Cajun fishermen — rallied Wednesday in downtown New Orleans to bewail low prices, farm-raised shrimp imports and other woes in their industry.

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East Coast summer flounder catches will be cut by more than 26 percent next year in spite of a push by New Jersey to keep the reductions in the 21 percent range.

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PACIFIC OCEAN — Crew members on the fishing vessel Marion H, which ran into trouble off Tillamook Head, Ore., were rescued Tuesday by U.S. Coast Station Cape Disappointment personnel.

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It could be the algae. It could be ‘the blob’. It could be something else entirely.

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When Keith Colburn got a phone call that longtime friend and fellow captain Tony Lara had died in his sleep, the Discovery star couldn't believe the news.

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Inside the Industry

The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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Last week, Alaska senators Lisa Murkowski (R), Dan Sullivan (R) and Rep. Don Young (R) asked Secretary of State John Kerry to negotiate with Canadian leaders to make sure appropriate environmental safeguards are in place for mine development in Southeast Alaska.

The congressional delegation explained the importance of this issue to Alaskans and the need for assurances that the water quality in transboundary waters between Alaska and Canada will be maintained.

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