National Fisherman


The fishing sector-based proposal to remove some of the most restrictive emergency cod measures in the Gulf of Maine, initially rejected by NOAA Fisheries, is back in play.

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The North Pacific Fishery Management Council had more to think about than just halibut at its February meeting in Seattle Feb. 4-10.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game released preseason emergency orders managing early-run king salmon in many of the waters of Cook Inlet and the Kenai Peninsula for the 2015 season.

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OLYMPIC PENINSULA, Wash. — Many eyes have been on the Quinault Indian Nation as it tests technology that could help dramatically improve rule enforcement in Washington’s $62 million commercial crab fishery.

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ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. — A national marine sanctuary is proposed off Florida's East Coast.
 

The owner and CEO of a Westbury-based seafood marketing company allegedly sold more than $100,000 in fresh fish and shellfish to Long Island restaurants without proper licenses and permits, authorities said.

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The boats fishing for Pacific cod with pots in the central Gulf of Alaska federal season finally wrapped up their 17.9 million pound quota Monday, a few days later than last year, but the trawl fleet is still fishing with only 30 percent of their 9,600-ton quota caught.
 

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More than 80 fishermen expressed their points of view on primarily recreational fishing quotas, proposed regulation options and user group proposals on Monday night at the URI Bay Campus. 
 

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JUNEAU - A recent review says changes may be needed at the commission that regulates commercial fisheries participation.
 

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For the past five years, coho salmon smolt specifically released for Whittier Harbor and Passage Canal have failed to return as adults. Other nearby coho salmon fisheries in Prince William Sound, which have the same smolt, have not experienced the same declines in returning adult coho.
 

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Inside the Industry

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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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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