National Fisherman


For nearly four decades, Capt. Charles Eble sailed thefis Doris Mae IV out of Barnegat Light, taking anglers along the Jersey coast in search of fluke and sea bass in the summer, tuna in the fall and to the offshore wrecks in the winter.

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Maine wants to get better and timelier information about the harvest of its sea urchins, which are the most valuable in the country, and it will begin doing so with a new swipe card system in a few weeks.

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Unbridled fishing pressure can drive species to the brink of extinction, but can commercial fishing drive evolution?

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One of Washington’s smallest aircraft companies is starting to build a new drone that can take off vertically and then loiter in the sky for nearly two days.

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A vast bloom of toxic algae off the West Coast is denser, more widespread and deeper than scientists feared even weeks ago, according to surveyors aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel.

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According to a report published today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the recurring "dead zone," or area with depleted oxygen in the Gulf of Mexico, is larger than usual this year thanks to heavy June rains throughout the Mississippi River watershed.

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There aren't many foods more closely associated with Maine than the lobster.

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One was knocked overboard on a winter trip in the middle of the night, while another was handed a noose and told to hang himself. Their computers have been tossed into the sea, their bunks set up over a boat’s toilet, their water bottles tainted with tobacco spit.

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It is said that fisherman can be stubborn. While there’s some truth to that, they can’t compare to the hardheadedness of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which continues to insist cash-strapped captains fork over hundreds of dollars every time the agency decides to place a monitor on their boat.

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Invasive snakehead fish have been found for the first time above Great Falls in the Potomac River.

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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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