National Fisherman


Twenty-five years ago, you could head offshore to deep water, drop anchor, fish all day and never catch a red snapper. But today, you can run 50 miles west, pitch bait over the side and hook 100 or more of these prized sportfish on just one spot.

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The summer season is upon us and for many Alaskans this means fishing for one of the state’s most prized species — halibut.

During the first week in June, federal fishery managers have an important opportunity to take a stand for those of us in Alaska that value and depend on the halibut resource. At their meeting in Sitka, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council will vote on measures to reduce the amount of halibut that can be wasted as bycatch in other fisheries.  

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Video: Moving an 1850s lighthouse

The Gay Head Light has been a fixture on the clay cliffs in Aquinnah since 1856, a beacon for mariners and a Martha's Vineyard icon. With erosion putting the brick lighthouse perilously close to the edge of the cliffs, it will be moved 135 feet inward in a much-watched effort to preserve the landmark for generations to come.

Just before noon on Thursday the Gay Head Light departed the spot where it has stood for 159 years. The Island’s oldest lighthouse is now headed for its new home about 175 feet from the eroding clay cliffs. The brick-and-mortar lighthouse is rolling slowly along a 100-ton steel frame.

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The Coast Guard is overseeing the cleanup of an oil spill that occurred Tuesday afternoon on the Piscataqua River, which forms the boundary between Maine and New Hampshire.

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A decision by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to deviate from an established halibut quota sharing arrangement will have a deep impact on fishermen in Newfoundland and Labrador, and greatly benefit harvesters in Prince Edward Island, the home province of Fisheries Minister Gail Shea, a union leader says.

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Two federal agencies issued an order Wednesday to ensure that Plains All American Pipeline finishes the cleanup of what they call the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years.

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JUNEAU — A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday in a case alleging that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency worked with critics of the proposed Pebble mine with a predetermined goal to block the project.

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President Barack Obama’s administration gave an early promise to stop Rep. Don Young’s changes to national fishing laws before the bill has even seen the light of a full House discussion.

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NOAA has announced this is the wettest May on record for Bristol Bay. NOAA Meteorologist Joe Wegman says the weather station in King Salmon has recorded 3.32 inches so far this month.

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Of all the shellfish that sell on the black market, one clam is above the rest -- the geoduck.

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Inside the Industry

(Bloomberg) — After fighting for more than two years to avoid paying almost $1 billion in oil spill damages to Gulf Coast shrimpers, oystermen and seafood processors it claimed didn’t exist, BP Plc has thrown in the towel.

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(Bloomberg) — Millions of dead fish stretched out over 200 kilometers of central Vietnamese beaches are posing the biggest test so far for the new government.

The Communist administration led by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has been criticized on social media for a lack of transparency and slow response, with thousands protesting Sunday in major cities and provincial areas.

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