National Fisherman

NEW BEDFORD — When fisheries regulation gets a makeover in the next year or two, the New England fishery intends to get into the debate early to impress on regulators how badly served the region has been under existing rules.

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In anticipation of Secretary of State John Kerry's attendance at this week's meeting of the Arctic Council, U.S. Senator Mark Begich urged Kerry to consider the appointment of a U.S. Arctic ambassador and to build on the momentum of recent international negotiations regarding commercial fishing in Arctic waters.

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Lobster fishermen in many P.E.I. ports have returned to fishing following a protest over prices that kept them off the water for about a week.

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Washington and Oregon officials will meet Tuesday to consider reopening sport and commercial fishing for spring chinook salmon in the lower Columbia River.

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Maryland moved Monday to reduce the commercial harvest of female blue crabs in the aftermath of a survey finding that the Chesapeake Bay's crab population hit a five-year low last winter.

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The Clatsop County Democrats recently passed a resolution to support the Environmental Protection Agency's Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment, which documents destructive impacts and further risks from the contentious plans to build North America's largest open-pit mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Clatsop County is home to more than one-third of Oregon's 2,100 Bristol Bay commercial fishermen, more than any other county in the state.

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Catholic Charities North has announced that contributions of $25,000 are available for Gloucester residents in the Catholic Charities North Fishing Community Fund.

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Because brown shrimp will soon start migrating from the bays to the Gulf of Mexico, commercial shrimp season will close in both Texas and federal waters 30 minutes after sunset on May 23 until a still-to-be determined time in July.

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DR. MARTY GRIFFIN'S years of service to the cause of conservation in Marin are appreciated, but his opinion piece (Marin Voice, May 2) reminds me of Michael Moore's comment at the Oscars some years ago; we do indeed live in fictitious times.

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SEABROOK — It's been a long two months for New Hampshire's small fishing fleet since the federal government slashed their fishing quotas.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live is a web video series featuring the latest fishing news, product information and industry analysis by our editors. In this episode:

  • Ruling favors commercial red snapper fishermen
  • Fishermen file suit over Texas oil spill
  • Florida gov. announces oyster recovery funding
  • Hatchery salmon were 36 percent of harvest
  • Maine's new elver rules delay season start

Inside the Industry

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is currently soliciting applicants for open advisory panel seats as well as applications from scientists interested in serving on its Scientific and Statistical Committee.

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The North Carolina Fisheries Association (NCFA), a nonprofit trade association representing commercial fishermen, seafood dealers and processors, recently announced a new leadership team. Incorporated in 1952, its administrative office is in Bayboro, N.C.

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