National Fisherman


July 1 is the most anticipated day of the year for Alaska trollers. It marks the start of the summer king season when there are usually lots of salmon to catch and the fishing grounds are fully open. No matter how long they’ve fished, there is not one troller who doesn’t feel the elation of seeing just the right tug on a line that results in a beautiful, shimmering king salmon being hauled over the rail.

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Last month, in a galaxy not so far away, a Bay Area angler with a rod, a sea kayak and plenty of time on his hands made a Star Wars themed video chronicling his fishing experience.

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Rutgers marine researchers and New Jersey fishermen are piecing together the details of the strange, gender-bending sex lives of black sea bass – a study that could improve understanding of the bass population and help the beleaguered recreational fishing industry.

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The Pew Charitable Trusts wants global fishery authorities to explore the possibility of banning the international trade for Pacific bluefin tuna after no additional conservation measures for the fishery were agreed to during the 89th meeting of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission that took place between June 22 and July 3 in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

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A member of the Alaska Board of Fisheries was cited by wildlife troopers in the commercial fishing hotbed of Dillingham last week for continuing to fish in an area after it had been closed.

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Fish and wildlife officials say Delaware's commercial horseshoe crab fishery is set to close as its quota nears.

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An orange-brown lobster was brought into the Pine Point Fisherman’s Co-Op in Scarborough last week.

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HARBOR BEACH — An experimental commercial fishing operation has made its way to local waters for the first time in more than 30 years.

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As Yukon salmon continue their summer runs, subsistence fishermen continue to express frustration about gear restrictions, closures, and — now — potentially infected fish.

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WEST OCEAN CITY, MD. >> The morning sun glistened off the barrels stacked with mahi mahi and tuna, turning their tails iridescent yellow.

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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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