National Fisherman

WASHINGTON – How many fish in the sea?

No one really knows, but which ones are counted and how often they’re examined depends on where you live, a new study by Congress’ watchdog concludes.

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Cermaq, a Norwegian state-controlled salmon producer, has agreed to be acquired by the Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan for $1.39 billion.

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ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — With milder winters sparking a surge in deer ticks, park rangers now duct-tape their ankles while combing the wilds of Acadia, where native flowers are disappearing at alarming rates and invasive species are thriving.

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NEW BEDFORD — This year's scallop catch is expected to come in lower than in previous thanks to the tightening of catch limits, local industry leaders say.

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An Estuarine Gillnet Permit is now required for those who set anchored large-mesh or small-mesh gillnets in internal coastal waters for either commercial or recreational purposes.

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Government authorities and shipping industry insiders are increasingly concerned that maritime piracy will rise globally as huge, commercial fishing firms—especially the ones that operate illegally—drive fishermen from poor countries out of business.

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CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — It's like Florida's version of The Blob. Slow moving glops of toxic algae in the northeast Gulf of Mexico are killing sea turtles, sharks and fish, and threatening the waters and beaches that fuel the region's economy.

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SOUTH PADRE ISLAND -- Four fishermen from Mexico who were rescued after their boat sank in the Gulf of Mexico about 22 miles from South Padre Island, Texas are in good condition, U.S. Coast Guard officials said Thursday in Corpus Christi.

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More endangered sockeye salmon have made the 900-mile journey from the Pacific Ocean to central Idaho's high-elevation Redfish Lake this fall than in any previous year going back nearly six decades.

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Funky-colored lobsters. Fishermen along Maine’s coast seem to be bringing in a lot more of the eye-catching crustaceans.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

SeaShare, a non-profit organization that facilitates donations of seafood to feed the hungry, announced on Wednesday, July 29 that it had partnered up with Alaska seafood companies, freight companies and the Coast Guard, to coordinate the donation and delivery of 21,000 pounds of halibut to remote villages in western Alaska. 

On Wednesday, the Coast Guard loaded 21,000 pounds of donated halibut on its C130 airplane in Kodiak and made the 634-mile flight to Nome.

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The New England Fishery Management Council  is soliciting applications for seats on the Northeast Trawl Survey Advisory Panel and the deadline to apply is July 31 at 5:00 p.m.

The panel will consist of 16 members including members of the councils and the Atlantic States Fishery Commission, industry experts, non-federal scientists and Northeast Fisheries Science Center scientists. Panel members are expected to serve for three years.

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