National Fisherman


It's 7 a.m. and Sandra Rodríguez and her teenage daughter are standing in their wooden boat pulling in the last of 15 fishing nets laid out in these shallow protected wetlands just south of the small fishing village of San Miguelito.

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Curbing food stamp purchases of cookies, chips, energy drinks, and soft drinks at least falls in line with the food stamp program's mission to provide nutrition. Nutrition experts are already discussing whether to remove unhealthy items from the list of foods participants can buy.

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The co-chairs of the Presidential Oil Spill Commission recently said that offshore drilling is safer than it was at the time of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico incident because industry and the government have worked together to improve spill prevention and response, implement new rules, and foster a strong culture of safety within the industry ("Offshore drilling: All risk, no reward," April 1).

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Cuts of up to 60% are on the table this week for Chinook salmon bycatch in Alaska's Bering Sea pollock fishery, prompting concerns among industry sources watching the issue closely this week.

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NEW ORLEANS — An oil consortium says an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico today can be cleaned up far faster than five years ago when BP's Macondo well blew out 45 miles off the coast of Louisiana, spawning the nation's worst offshore oil spill.

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Debates about Pacific Northwest salmon issues easily devolve into the sort of "holier than thou" fights that simmer between some of the feistier Protestant church denominations, but once in a while some actual facts help illuminate the validity — or lack thereof — of restoration strategies.

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The Seward fishing community showed up in force at a mid-day work session of City Council and the Port and Commerce Advisory Board. Council and PACAB had a question: How do we attract fishing boats to Seward? The fishermen and women had an answer: build more infrastructure and develop marine service businesses. Seward fishermen have pressed for a public crane in the small boat harbor and may get one in a year or two, but they made it clear that a crane alone will not persuade fishing families to settle in Seward with their boats.

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Sitka's Fish-to-Schools program was one of the featured presentations last week at a regional meeting on sustainable food systems.

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AUGUSTA — Lawmakers took initial steps Monday to close what Maine officials described as the last major loophole in monitoring an elver fishery that included as much as $20 million in black market sales of baby eels in 2012.

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The spiny lobster season ended March 31. State biologists say it looks like the total catch will be slightly lower than last year — but the seafood that came to the market fetched record-high prices.

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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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