National Fisherman


Maine’s scallop fishermen are benefiting from a new management system that has made scallops more plentiful along the ocean bottom off Maine’s coast, particularly in the rich scallop beds Down East.
 

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CORPUS CHRISTI (AP) -- Four people have been rescued from a sinking boat near South Padre Island shortly after it was spotted fishing illegally in U.S. waters.
 
NEW BEDFORD — The website for the Canadian Carino Co. (www.carino.ca) is simple and elegant. The name translates to "We care," we learn.
 
LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) - Federal officials are considering a plan to spray vegetable oil on cormorant eggs in an effort to save Columbia River salmon. That would reduce the size of the black seabird colony on East Sand Island.
    
What looks like a water-purification business to many people transiting the Cape May Canal by boat is actually a research facility.
 

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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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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