National Fisherman


Louisiana will get a windfall when the $18.7 billion fine the Gulf states negotiated with BP is finally meted out. The money is supposed to be used to rebuild the coast and mitigate damage from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill, but last week, Gov. Bobby Jindal petitioned the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority to divert some of the cash to a bridge project that would connect Port Fourchon and Golden Meadow.

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A spawning site off of the North Carolina coast is one of five locations selected to help in efforts to rebuild declining stocks in the snapper-grouper fishery.

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Electronic tag data is revealing complex behavior in fish populations, raising questions about current fisheries management policies.

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Contrary to popular theories, people living during the last ice age ate more than woolly mammoths, bison, and other large game.

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Five years after the Christie administration ordered scientists to remove oyster beds designed to clean pollution, the state Senate is poised this week to vote on a measure that could put the bivalves back into state waters.

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When the Bering Sea warms, there are telltale signs. One is a bloom of phytoplankton that turns the water’s normally gray surface to a lovely turquoise.

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Commercial salmon fishing got off to a slow start in May due to windy weather and has stayed in a slump that local fishermen are blaming on unusually warm ocean water in one of the worst king salmon seasons in memory.

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Although the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation last week shut down a Halibut Cove oyster farm because of increased paralytic shellfish poison (PSP) levels, oysters sold by the Kachemak Bay Shellfish Growers Cooperative remain safe to eat, Marie Bader, the president of the Kachemak Shellfish Mariculture Association said on Monday.

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With a mobile phone, fishery stakeholders can now find out where commercial fishing boats are located as well as the type of species these have caught.

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A decision from the federal government about whether to list American eels under the Endangered Species Act will likely come next week.

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Inside the Industry

The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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