National Fisherman

Shellfish biologists with the Nisqually Tribe are hoping a long-term study will give them a better understanding of shrimp in South Sound.


CHESTERTOWN — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources was not responsible for reducing the limit on commercial rockfish harvest, DNR Secretary Joseph Gill said in a Dec. 8 letter to the Kent County Commissioners.


Alaska’s great Bristol Bay, home to the nation’s greatest salmon fishery. will be off-limits to oil and gas leasing under a decision announced late Tuesday by President Obama.


Two men were rescued Tuesday after escaping from a burning lobster boat near Crane Island off Vinalhaven, said Coast Guard officials.

This month, Congress announced it would work to reduce the financial strain on commercial fishermen who participated in a federal buyback of permits and fishing boats, mostly draggers, in California back in 2003.


COLUMBIA ESTUARY — The female chum salmon doesn’t look good. It’s ragged, heavy with eggs, flopping its way up Stewart Creek in Clatskanie, Ore., on an early December day, searching for somewhere to spawn before it dies.


The Lobster Trap Christmas Tree is a tradition that only a historic fishing community like Gloucester could pull off. This year, the Jewish community at the city’s Temple Ahavat Achim wanted to join the holiday excitement — and thus was born the idea for the Lobster Trap Menorah.


PASS CHRISTIAN -- Work doesn't really feel like work for Adam Toler, for he spends six days a week surrounded by the Mississippi Sound. He and his small crew leave the Pass Christian Harbor around sunrise each morning and return in the early afternoon with sacks of oysters to sell to seafood dealers as soon as they hit the harbor launch again.


PORTLAND (AP) — The 2014 lobster fishing season appears to have resulted in a lower total catch than the previous two years — meaning slightly higher prices for consumers — but it remained a productive year, lobstermen say.


Herpes has devastated 26 percent of France’s oyster production since the summer of 2008. Halfway around the world in Australia, the virus killed 10 million oysters in three days.

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Inside the Industry

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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