National Fisherman


Even as Massachusetts pushes to get the second phase of federal disaster funding to eligible Bay State beneficiaries, the fate of the federal buyout or industry buyback plan initially included in the third and final phase of funding could be in jeopardy.
 

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The Surfrider Foundation has turned to data mapping in the quest to help save a U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue helicopter in Newport.
 
The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery will be on two-hour notice starting 10 a.m. Wednesday,  the Alaska Department of Fish & Game announced this Tuesday afternoon.
 
PACIFIC OCEAN — Commercial fishing, always an uncertain business, may become more tenuous on the West Coast due to spreading areas where there isn’t enough oxygen to support important fish species.
 
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Giving back what winter has taken away.
 
Alex DeMetrick reports brutal cold put livelihoods on ice throughout the Chesapeake Bay.
 

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Lawmakers from Maryland and the Obama administration are scrambling to fight a federal court order that has shut down the guest worker program that connects foreigners with crab-picking jobs on the Eastern Shore and other low-paying, seasonal work around the country.
 
A crowd of sun-kissed onlookers clapped, cheered and chanted, "Go! Go! Go!" as the Joyce Lynn II crept back into the ocean after spending the weekend lodged in the sands of Fort Lauderdale beach.
 

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At a time when US environmental groups are encouraging regulators to shut down cod fishing in New England entirely, the codfish industry in Iceland is enjoying something of a boom. Although its landings are a fraction of years past, export income from Icelandic cod continues to rise.
 

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The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s revamped online store is the go-to place for all fishing (and hunting) licenses, and it now offers two new features. 
 
Yes, soup for you.
 
And anyone else with a hankering for homemade, Gloucester-style redfish soup. The soup is courtesy of a coalition of public and private interests that have banded together to elevate the city’s profile — both as a place to live and do business — at the upcoming Seafood Expo of North America in Boston.
 

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Inside the Industry

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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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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