National Fisherman

This year's halibut fishery is all over. The eight-month season ended on Nov. 7, a week earlier than usual.
 

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Fishermen struggling to keep their businesses afloat amid reductions in catch limits and groundfish stocks will now be eligible for financial assistance after the Small Business Association (SBA) approved Governor Deval Patrick’s request for an economic injury disaster declaration.
 

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ST. MICHAELS, Md. -- It's still dark outside when Guy Spurry and his 19-year-old son Austin begin their day. 
 
Beneath the darkness of the November sky, the two men drive past the Eastern Shore fishing village of Neavitt, and pull up to a dock where Guy Spurry’s 31-year-old boat, the Voyager, rocks back and forth gently against the salty waves. 
 

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A commercial fisherman by trade, Mark Lofstad recalled keeping calm as the stern trawler he was captaining caught fire.
 

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Maine’s lucrative elver fishery is facing some big changes, including smaller catch quotas and a new swipe-card monitoring system that state officials hope will help manage the resource while reducing the poaching of baby eels that fetched up to $2,000 a pound last season.
 

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On a bright July day, Auke Bay’s Don Statter Harbor was overflowing with commercial fishing vessels. Each slip appeared to be filled, as fishermen from across the state and the Pacific Northwest arrived for a scheduled opening for salmon fishing.
 

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BOSTON – The continuing war over striped bass has entered a new battle on Beacon Hill with a renewed effort to eventually make the lucrative catch off limits for commercial fishermen.
 

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This is a portion of the testimony of Gloucester’s Angela Sanfilippo before members of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Oceans Atmosphere and Coast Guard on Monday at the State House in Boston.
 

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CAMBRIDGE — Judge David B. Mitchell denied a motion on Wednesday made by watermen to grant preliminary injunctive relief of menhaden regulations passed down by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
 

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A commercial fish processing facility that serves the Montauk commercial fishing fleet will receive a $120,000 state grant to fund a project to rebuild the plant following an electrical fire and expand it, New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. said on Thursday in a statement applauding the award.
 

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 8/14/14

In this episode:

  • More cod cuts expected if NOAA data holds
  • Louisiana importing oysters to meet demand
  • N.C. sets new sturgeon bycatch rules
  • BP appeals to Supreme Court on spill settlement
  • Senate releases new Magnuson-Stevens draft

National Fisherman Live: 8/5/14

In this episode, National Fisherman's Boats & Gear Editor Michael Crowley talks with Frances Parrott about the Notus Dredgemaster.

Inside the Industry

PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative has appointed Matt Jacobson as its new executive director.
 
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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene its Red Snapper Advisory Panel Wednesday, July 30, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the council office — 2203 N. Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, in Tampa, Fla. 

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