National Fisherman

KLIPSAN BEACH — In contrast to 2013 when the commercial Dungeness crab season was delayed until Dec. 16 and 2012 when it was delayed until Dec. 31, the 2014-15 coastal Dungeness crab fishery in the area south of Klipsan Beach south to Point Arena, Calif., will open on its traditional date of Dec. 1. The gear set period begins 8 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 28.


HAMPTON – The downtown waterfront here at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay used to be dotted with so many crab processing plants that Hampton was once known as Crabtown.


As almost any commercial fisherman is only too happy to tell you, the environmental lobby has not often been a friend.


EAST MACHIAS, Maine — A Maine conservation organization says its effort to release more than 140,000 juvenile Atlantic salmon will help restore the fish's run to the East Machias River.


L’ANSE — A two-year federal undercover operation into illegal fishing on Lake Superior has resulted in a series of recent raids, involving three northern Michigan fish markets and their fishing operations, the ABC 10/CW 5 News has learned.


Capt. Joseph Fawcett says the past few days he’s spent shrimp fishing aboard the Little Lloyd with his family have been cold, but he doesn’t blame the weather for the less than stellar trip.


HONOLULU (AP) — Environmental groups on Thursday sued the National Marine Fisheries Service to challenge a new rule for fishing bigeye tuna, a popular species for sushi and fish steaks.
He is a Gloucester guy, raised up from a Gloucester kid in a Sicilian family, so Paul Vitale came honestly to the water and to fishing as generations of Gloucester kids had done before him.


A pair of GOP senators is pushing legislation to delay looming Environmental Protection Agency regulations requiring certain commercial fisherman to carry special permits to hose down their decks.
NEWPORT, R.I. — The group convened Wednesday morning in the lobby of the Newport Marriott and included about 20 fishermen, fishing advocates and officials from the state Department of Marine Fisheries.


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NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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