National Fisherman


If you read their press releases recently, you would get the impression that the Pebble Limited Partnership is having a very good bit of luck. That’s because a bought-and-paid for “independent” report by former Defense Secretary William Cohen stated that the company was treated “unfairly” by the Environmental Protection Agency and the people of Bristol Bay.

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Tina Gray of Deer Isle recalls when picking and selling crabmeat was a prevalent cottage industry along the Maine coast. She and other lobstermen’s wives routinely picked and packaged crab meat at their kitchen sinks, she said, but many got out of the trade years ago when new federal rules for seafood processing went into place.

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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is considering delegating some red snapper management authority to states.  Alabama Marine Resources Officials contend they are better suited to manage red snapper fishery than the federal government.

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The state has a new director of commercial fisheries. Long-time Fish and Game employee Scott Kelley takes over Wednesday, replacing Jeff Regnart, who retired at the start of October.

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Eighteen fishermen from around New England took to the seas of Hyannis Inner Harbor on Friday for free training put on by a nonprofit group called Fishing Partnership Support Services.

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For years, George Trice watched as blue catfish numbers on the James River grew, while his blue crab catches dwindled.

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Fish pirates are coming under fire as more countries band together to stop them from pilfering the world’s oceans. So called Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing accounts for one-fifth of global catches, according to the Global Ocean Commission, valued at $10 to $25 billion each year.

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Three fishermen, including a 14-year-old boy, are rescued from their upturned boat near Bribie Islandoff the coast of Queensland, Australia.

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Erik Sandquist takes a seat at the Flatiron Saloon. He remembers coming to the San Rafael dive bar 20 years ago after T-ball practice. Every burger here is named after a sports player: You could order the Barry Bonds, Nate Thurmond or Mike Tyson.

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The deadliest catch is getting a lot less deadly.

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Inside the Industry

The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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