National Fisherman

Alaska’s seafood industry worked hard again in 2013 to ramp up its message to policymakers, most of whom still tend to overlook the industry’s economic significance to the state and beyond. What is that message?
 
That “the industry” is made up of thousands of small businesses — the fishing boats that each supports one or several families.
 

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Two more areas off the coast become off-limits to fishing and other “consumptive” recreational pastimes and commercial fishing beginning Wednesday.
 

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Arctic and fisheries policies are intersecting in the Bering Sea, the "garden of Alaska," State Senator Lesil McGuire told the North Pacific Fishery Management Council this month, on behalf of the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission.
 

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AUGUSTA, Maine — Demand for Maine oysters is growing, but regulations on the cold-weather storage of the delicacy prevent some aquaculturists from accessing their stock during winter, depressing the supply.
 

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NOAA’s strategic management has received a scathing review in the most recent survey of federal worker satisfaction, and the agency’s overall standing among its employees declined for the fifth consecutive year in which the survey has been conducted.
 

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The act regulating America’s fisheries could see changes under the discussion draft proposed by the House Natural Resources Committee.
 
The Magnuson-Stevens Act, or MSA, was up for reauthorization this year but that process won’t be finalized until 2014.
 

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Good news for local ports and economies arrived last week in the form of a federal budget deal that specifically includes a small pot of additional funds specifically for “small, remote, or subsistence harbors and waterways.”
 

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BOSTON (AP) - A group of state lawmakers led by Senate Republican leader Bruce Tarr is calling for creation of a state program to help promote seafood caught by Massachusetts fishermen.
 

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The process for determining the successful applicants for Saltonstall-Kennedy grant funds is entering the final stages of technical review and administrators hope to begin the flow of money to successful candidates sometime in January, NOAA officials said Tuesday.
 

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Editor’s note: This is the ninth in the Morris Communications series “The case for conserving the Kenai king salmon.”
 
Alaska’s long-lived monarch — the king salmon — has fallen from its throne.
 

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14

In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.

Inside the Industry

NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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