National Fisherman


Lang Long’s ordeal began in the back of a truck. After watching his younger siblings go hungry because their family’s rice patch in Cambodia could not provide for everyone, he accepted a trafficker’s offer to travel across the Thai border for a construction job.

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If you've spent the summer fishing you might have missed the boat on this trophy scientific news story:

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A rare deep-water whale sighting happened on a Massachusetts beach on Friday. Biologists with the New England Aquarium are trying to narrow down what may have caused a 17-foot-long carcass of this type of whale to wash ashore.

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From a nature lover’s perspective, it is a wonder to be in the water and have a seal pop up, or see a gray streamlined body shoot by in pursuit of fish. But the reality is the seals are being hunted as well and great white sharks have repeatedly been spotted in very shallow water near shore, even attacking seals close to where people swim and surf.

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Every July in Alaska, the conversation turns to salmon.

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NOAA announced today that it is committing $88,000 in grant and event response funding for Washington state to monitor and analyze an unusually large bloom of toxic algae off its coast.

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Like swells on the ocean, rising and falling at the influence of conditions not immediately identifiable, salmon fishing has seen its ups and downs this July. It has sometimes left empty-handed anglers at the dock shaking their heads after another lousy trip, and other times thrilling them with limits all around of big, gleaming fish.

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NOAA Fisheries this week undertook an effort to build trust and cooperation from the New England fishing industry by including the industry in upcoming groundfish stock assessments.

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Maine is promoting the coordinator of its lobster monitoring programs to the role of lead lobster biologist for the state.

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Western Alaska is in the midst of one of the best salmon runs in decades, and that means both subsistence and commercial fishermen in waters around Norton Sound and Kotzebue are catching record numbers of chum.

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Inside the Industry

Fishermen throughout the Gulf of Mexico are praising Louisiana officials for a series of strong decisions last week that have broken the deadlock of red snapper management in the Gulf of Mexico.

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According to the Portland Press Herald, the Maine Seaweed Festival has been canceled this year due to a rift between the event’s organizers and seaweed harvesters.

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