National Fisherman


If science-based fisheries management is Gov. Bill Walker's goal, then he has more than just the Alaska Board of Fisheries to worry about.

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More than 3 million years ago, the Arctic became a fish highway as species from the north Pacific Ocean spread through the Bering Strait and into the Arctic Ocean and then into the north Atlantic Ocean.

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After a decade of crashing catch limits, 2015 offers a glimmer of hope for halibut fishermen, with raised harvest levels and regulatory collaboration for new methods and practices.

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NEW ORLEANS — A fish oil company with ties to a former Republican president enlisted the help of Louisiana's GOP governor to get its oil spill claim paid four years ago, and now BP is arguing in federal court that the independent settlement claims administrator should lose his job because of it.

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ANCHORAGE - Three U.S. senators, including both of Alaska's, are pushing to gut the application of an Environmental Protection Agency discharge regulation to small fishing boats they say could punish cleaning up fish guts.

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Maggie Raymond of the Associated Fisheries of Maine said she was "flabbergasted" last week when NOAA regional Administrator John Bullard essentially dismissed any requests to scale back or otherwise revise the emergency interim measures that have brought new area closures and further tightened the noose around the commercial fishing industry.

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It's been nearly five years since BP slimed the Gulf Coast, taking the lives of 11 men, wrecking livelihoods and killing tens of thousands of helpless coastal birds. Finally, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier is heading into the final stretch, deciding how much the third-largest oil company in the world will have to pay in pollution fines for the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

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As the sun set over Redding, 204,000 endangered winter-run juvenile Chinook salmon jumped into the water off of Caldwell Park, to start their migration from the Sacramento River to the Pacific Ocean.

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BRUNSWICK — Regional development nonprofit CEI has released an online tool aimed at helping retailers, wholesalers and consumers source Maine seafood.

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FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. — A local shrimping crew is safe in port after a U.S. Coast Guard rescue in stormy waters on Wednesday afternoon.

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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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