National Fisherman


The deadliest catch is getting a lot less deadly.

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No one doubts that an oil spill is a serious environmental crisis. Besides being a mess, it’s often immediately deadly to birds, fish, and mammals. This body count — as grim as it sounds — is an important tool for researchers to measure the impact of the spill.

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Since publishing our study on “A scientific basis for regulation deep-sea fishing by depth“ we’ve been subjected to criticism online and in print from fisheries organisations and most recently on this website in an article by Magnus Johnson. Johnson makes general points about the benefits of sustainable fisheries, that we agree with, but his specific critique of our work falls well wide of the mark.

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Two biologists with extensive experience in the Prince William Sound region are asking the state of Alaska and federal government to retain their option to make a claim by June 2016 against Exxon for the 1989 oil spill disaster.

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Exactly 120 years ago a Danish man living near Eureka built the schooner C.A. Thayer, one of hundreds of ships used to fuel the growth of California’s cities by delivering lumber from the vast forests of the Northwest.

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A complex tapestry of options for a Gulf of Alaska bycatch plan is slowly moving its way toward completion.

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The Chesapeake Bay's waters are warming, in some places more rapidly than the region's air temperatures, researchers from the University of Maryland say. If unchecked, scientists say, the trend could complicate costly, long-running efforts to restore the ailing estuary, worsen fish-suffocating dead zones and alter the food web on which the bay's fish and crabs depend.

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Justice and the state of Alaska are closing the books on the 26-year legal battle over the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

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Russian and US pollock catches are set to increase in 2016, taking total supply from 3.335 million metric tons this year to 3.505m metric tons, according to the annual forecasts from the Groundfish Forum, held this year in Cape Town, South Africa.

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal agency has released a road map for the recovery of threatened Oregon Coast coho salmon.

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Inside the Industry

The New England Fishery Management Council recently elected Dr. John F. Quinn of Massachusetts and E. F. “Terry” Stockwell III of Maine to serve respectively as chairman and vice chairman in the year ahead. The two have led the Council since 2014 but reversed roles this year. 

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Vigor will debut an affordable 142-foot freezer longliner designed specifically for North Pacific fishing at the 2016 Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle.

 

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