National Fisherman


A massive cleanup effort is getting underway in Alaska, with tons of marine debris — some likely sent to sea by the 2011 tsunami in Japan — set to be airlifted from rocky beaches and taken by barge for recycling and disposal in the Pacific Northwest.

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It was 20 years ago this month that fishing in Florida was rescued.

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A four-day odyssey to free a juvenile humpback entangled in fishing gear had a happy ending Monday when the whale finally swam free in the Gulf of the Farallones.

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If you want a vivid barometer for the health status of worldwide marine ecosystems, look no further than the global seabird population.

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Thursday was the opening of the purse seine season at Amalga Harbor in Juneau. Commercial fishermen will be able to catch chum, released from the DIPAC hatchery.

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Summer flounder won't stand up and be counted.

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A Cordova group has tripled the government reward offered for information on those responsible for killing at least half a dozen Steller sea lions near the Southcentral Alaska fishing community last month.

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The ocean summer salmon fishery keeps on rolling, and the only issue holding it back is bad weather which hasn’t been an issue for more than a week now.

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Blue crab numbers are up in the Chesapeake Bay after a harsh winter killed more than 15 percent of the population, but the Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee urges Maryland and Virginia fisheries to be conservative in their harvests.

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There was a time when dogfish was all the rage and local fishermen couldn't reel them in fast enough for connoisseurs as far as away as England, Italy and Germany.

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Inside the Industry

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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