National Fisherman


It's a typical morning in the West Melbourne offices of Roffs Ocean Forecasting (www.roffs.com), and Mitch Roffer, Ph.D., is fresh out of his kayak from exploring the waters near his coastal home just north of Sebastian Inlet.

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I have been anxious to go out.

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Coast Guard crews and good Samaritans responded to a mayday call and aided the crew of a sinking 32-foot fishing vessel 20 miles south west of Yaquina Bay, Wednesday, April 8.

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ATHENS, AL — A bill that would allow commercial fishermen to use nets on the Tennessee River has passed the Alabama House of Representatives.

The Senate has to pass the bill for it to become a law.

Some are concerned it would threaten the booming bass population, and have a negative impact on recreational fishing.

This bill originally allowed commercial fishermen to catch bass in nets.

The version that just passed through the House has an amendment that prohibits them catching bass, but there are still some concerns with opponents of the bill.

The use of nets on the Tennessee River's Alabama territory was banned in 1975, but the ban has been enforced more in the past few years.

Recreational anglers say they've seen a resurgence of bass in the river in that time. They organize hundreds of bass tournaments a year.

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The boat's journey likely began four years ago, across the Pacific, in the wake of devastation. A big piece of the vessel is believed to have broken off in a tsunami and traveled thousands of miles from Japan before it arrived off the central coast of Oregon.

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Pacific coast sardines are facing a population collapse so severe that Oregon's multimillion-dollar sardine industry almost certainly will be shut down this summer.

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Ty Hibbs and his fishing buddy Chas Champagne found a school of redfish last winter that would get pushed into a particular area after every cold front, and given how epically bone-chilling that season was, the fish were there a whole lot more than they weren't.

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How do you keep a whale from grabbing the fish off your lines?

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COCOA – Smithsonian researchers are probing the particle preferences of clams and oysters to weigh their roles as potential lagoon saviors.

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The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is moving the Pacific whiting and non-whiting groundfish season opening date for the shore-based individual fishing quota (IFQ) program for midwater trawl fisheries, the agency said in a public notice on Thursday.

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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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