National Fisherman


A final vote is expected Thursday at the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s meeting in New Orleans on the fate of Reef Fishery Management Plan Amendment 28, which could modify how the red snapper quota is divided between the recreational and commercial sectors.

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A shortage of salad shrimp caused by crashing Atlantic Ocean stocks has small fish processor Tonka Seafoods trying to restart a fishery that was once a mainstay in the Southeast Alaska town of Petersburg.

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A Gloucester fisherman featured on the reality show “Wicked Tuna” pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont to federal fraud charges that he collected government benefits while claiming to be disabled.

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SEAFOODNEWS.COM — August 10, 2015 — NMFS has given Gulf of Alaska groundfish trawlers in the non-rockfish program Sector an additional 1,600 Chinook salmon to their prohibited species catch (PSC) allowance in an emergency ruling.

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Two hearings this month could change the face of Alaska’s salmon fisheries forever.

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When people urge the removal of dams they say are strangling rivers in the West, it’s usually fish they’re worried about. Studies of dam-removal projects show that migratory species like salmon respond quickly to improved conditions once a dam is removed.

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Interstate fishery managers are signing off on a management plan for a species of crab that is growing in value and volume of catch.

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I grew up on the bounty provided by the waters of Bristol Bay. My son, who is a crewman for me, is a fifth-generation Bristol Bay fisherman. I continue to make part of my living as a commercial fisherman in the Bay. Our season just finished and as a recent commentary noted, we waited anxiously to see what kind of a season 2015 would produce. It started slow and closed with quite a bang. Unfortunately for many of us, the price we will get for our salmon is likely not anywhere near what we’ve been compensated the last several years. It’s simply the nature of the business.

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U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton and four other members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation have stepped into the fray over expanded federal monitoring of the state’s lobstermen, saying NOAA’s plan appears “duplicative and unnecessary.”

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The state’s salmon harvest topped 160 million fish over the weekend, but it’s questionable whether the catch will meet preseason expectations.

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Inside the Industry

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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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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