National Fisherman

Add kitchen knives to the list of weapons that humans are using to fight invasive species. I'm talking about fish who've made their way into nonnative waters.

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It would be nice to think that, in the wake of an “unscheduled” stock assessment that conspicuously left out any input from fishermen or others inherently familiar with the industry, the planned “peer review” of the findings by NOAA’s Northeast Fishery Science Center would include someone who represents the fishermen’s interests before there is any move to carry out even more dire limit cuts for Gulf of Maine cod.

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Oysters are harvested for your dining pleasure. They are also grown and harvested for bigger role – helping protect the water quality of Chesapeake Bay in the United States.

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The final agreement has been filed in a decade-long battle to get the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set buffer zones to keep some harmful agricultural pesticides out of salmon streams in Oregon, California and Washington.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A group of commercial watermen is asking Virginia officials to implement new measures to strengthen blue crab population management in the state.

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BOISE - Fisheries managers with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game are assessing damage to summer Chinook stocks after severe rainstorms flooded the South Fork of the Salmon River fish trap and killed hundreds of adult salmon needed for broodstock.

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If there are no fish at docks in Gloucester, it is not because there are no fish in the ocean.

It is because the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is virtually prohibiting fishermen to fish. The reason is that NOAA is expected by its empowering legislation, the Magnuson-Stevens Act, to prevent overfishing. But how can a dwindling family fishing fleet do the overfishing?

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State fisheries officials have teamed with the LSU Sea Grant College Program to educate Louisiana commercial fisheries into a new era of higher profitability.

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They’ve waited more than a half-year for the help to arrive, as if on the wrong end of a siege. From the wintry evening in January when Congress appropriated the $75 million in fishery disaster assistance, through the spring and on into the final weeks of summer, fishermen in Gloucester and throughout Massachusetts waited for the money to arrive.
 
Their wait is nearly over.
 

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LOWER FRASER RIVER — Gord Botkin spends more time fishing for the Pacific Salmon Commission than he does for himself these days.
 

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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Alaskans will meet with British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, when he visits Juneau next week and will ask him to support an international review of mine developments in northwest British Columbia, upstream from Southeast Alaska along the Taku, Stikine and Unuk transboundary rivers.

Some Alaska fishing and environmental groups believe an international review is the best way to develop specific, binding commitments to ensure clean water, salmon, jobs and traditional and customary practices are not harmed by British Columbia mines and that adequate financial assurances are in place up front to cover long-term monitoring and compensation for damages.

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