National Fisherman


Louisiana under-prices its oyster leases and loopholes in state law have allowed individuals to exceed the limits, according to a performance review of the state Wildlife and Fisheries Commission conducted by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor.
 

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Federal disaster relief funds totaling $8.3 million for the Massachusetts groundfishing industry could start flowing this month.
 

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Rockfish stuffed with rapini and roasted in my 800-degree wood-fired oven with crushed potatoes is at the top of the list of meals I love to cook, eat and serve. But I don't just have this dish on my restaurant's menu because it is delicious. I also do it to save the rockfish and other West Coast groundfish.
 

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The state is expecting a bigger run of king salmon on the Kuskokwim this summer, but still well below average. State managers say they expect strong conservation measures to continue in 2015 to ensure enough fish make it up the river to spawn. Leading up to the season, managers are seeking early input to make the season a success.
 

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SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A federal judge denied Pacific Gas & Electric's motion to dismiss claims that residue of its 19th-century plants has been contaminating San Francisco Bay and soil and groundwater for more than 100 years.
 

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Mark Abraham, who has fished the New England coast for decades, kept a sharp eye on his catch as the slimy haddock spilled onto a dockside conveyor belt. He had just returned from 10 frigid days at sea, among the most brutal he has spent.
 

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A North Florida non-profit proposing a National Marine Sanctuary for Northern right whales and Oculina coral that would cover more than 7,000-square miles of ocean from Jacksonville to Fort Pierce is headed back to the drawing board after having its initial application rejected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
 

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HOOPER's ISLAND — Watermen and farmers have been the backbone of the Eastern Shore for more than 200 years, providing an economic boon for the region. However, the same way of life that put the Eastern Shore on the map and great food like Maryland blue crabs and oysters on plates across America, is the very same that has contributed to the declining health of the Chesapeake Bay.
 

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The Alaska Board of Fisheries closed some waters near Angoon to purse seining in order to improve subsistence harvests, in action over the weekend.
 

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The California drought and a strange warming trend in the ocean have not yet killed off the Sacramento River’s king salmon, which are swimming off the coast unaware of all the doomsaying.
 

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Inside the Industry

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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