National Fisherman

The lobster industry in the Maritimes faces a new competitive threat from south of the border.
 

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Dan Nichols was hauling in a gillnet laden with the fruits of a late-season Alaskan salmon run when something heavy flopped out of it, then slid to the front of his boat. "I knew what the tail was," he says. Surprised, the mustachioed fishing veteran stopped picking salmon from his net and approached the itinerant sea creature. "I had to stop what I was doing."
 

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WASHINGTON – How many fish in the sea?

No one really knows, but which ones are counted and how often they’re examined depends on where you live, a new study by Congress’ watchdog concludes.

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Cermaq, a Norwegian state-controlled salmon producer, has agreed to be acquired by the Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan for $1.39 billion.

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ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — With milder winters sparking a surge in deer ticks, park rangers now duct-tape their ankles while combing the wilds of Acadia, where native flowers are disappearing at alarming rates and invasive species are thriving.

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NEW BEDFORD — This year's scallop catch is expected to come in lower than in previous thanks to the tightening of catch limits, local industry leaders say.

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An Estuarine Gillnet Permit is now required for those who set anchored large-mesh or small-mesh gillnets in internal coastal waters for either commercial or recreational purposes.

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Government authorities and shipping industry insiders are increasingly concerned that maritime piracy will rise globally as huge, commercial fishing firms—especially the ones that operate illegally—drive fishermen from poor countries out of business.

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CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — It's like Florida's version of The Blob. Slow moving glops of toxic algae in the northeast Gulf of Mexico are killing sea turtles, sharks and fish, and threatening the waters and beaches that fuel the region's economy.

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SOUTH PADRE ISLAND -- Four fishermen from Mexico who were rescued after their boat sank in the Gulf of Mexico about 22 miles from South Padre Island, Texas are in good condition, U.S. Coast Guard officials said Thursday in Corpus Christi.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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Alaskans will meet with British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, when he visits Juneau next week and will ask him to support an international review of mine developments in northwest British Columbia, upstream from Southeast Alaska along the Taku, Stikine and Unuk transboundary rivers.

Some Alaska fishing and environmental groups believe an international review is the best way to develop specific, binding commitments to ensure clean water, salmon, jobs and traditional and customary practices are not harmed by British Columbia mines and that adequate financial assurances are in place up front to cover long-term monitoring and compensation for damages.

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