National Fisherman


Marine life seen swimming in unusual places. Water temperatures warmer than they should be. No snow where there should be feet of it.

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The Pacific Fishery Management Council finalized this year's salmon seasons — and the result is commercial salmon will hit the market on May 1 and sport anglers will have a season that lasts nearly 7 months.

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LOWER ELWHA KLALLAM RESERVATION, Wash. — The Elwha, like so many coastal Natives, are salmon people. Their history of dugout canoes and hundred-pound chinook is inseparable from the glacial river that shares their name.

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Last week, NOAA Fisheries Regional Administrator John Bullard submitted a nine-page letter to the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) critical of recommendations made by the Council's Habitat Committee on Omnibus Habitat Amendment 2 (OHA2). OHA2 is a decade-in-the-making overhaul of the habitat closures off the coast of New England, reflecting the best scientific understanding of the Northwest Atlantic seafloor.

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In its first report on trafficking around the world, the U.S. criticized Thailand as a hub for labor abuse. Yet 14 years later, seafood caught by slaves on Thai boats is still slipping into the supply chains of major American stores and supermarkets.

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WASHINGTON – Offshore drilling would be banned in the Atlantic Ocean under legislation Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Frank Pallone say they will introduce in both chambers this week.

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There's an old saw in journalism: "If your mother says she loves you, check it out."

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A small group of Texas seafood leaders, restaurateurs and chefs gathered around tables carefully lined together in an Austin seafood market and restaurant to give new life to an organization that has been on a year's hiatus after successfully delaying the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council's Amendment 28 that would have removed fresh Gulf fish from seafood counters and restaurant tables across the country.

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WASHINGTON – After more than a decade of delays, the government is moving toward allowing the sale of U.S.-raised organic fish and shellfish. But don't expect it in the grocery store anytime soon.

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LITTLE RIVER, SC (WBTW) - Monday, local fisherman voiced their concerns over The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council's proposed expansion on prohibited federal fishing zones off the South Carolina coast.

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Inside the Industry

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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