National Fisherman

Mayor Carolyn Kirk Thursday labeled a Senate Appropriations Committee threat to close down NOAA’s Northeast Regional Office in Gloucester and ship its 200 jobs elsewhere as “folly,” saying it represents little more than a land grab by Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski.
 

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JUNEAU, ALASKA — A Coast Guard cutter towed a disabled fishing vessel to Dutch Harbor, days after most crew members were evacuated.
 

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The trials and tribulations of the federal Affordable Care Act have left potential health insurance consumers swimming in conflicting information, and the Gloucester-based Fishing Partnership is trying to help folks cut through the confusion.
 

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WASHINGTON — Recreational and commercial fishing interests are pressing Congress to relax catch limits in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic, citing increases in fish populations over the past decade.
 

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After a late start that had the fleet worried, the Bristol Bay red king crab fishery went fast, with 96 percent of the 7,740,000 pound individual fishing quota landed by Nov. 11 and shipments beginning to Japan.
 

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NEW BEDFORD — Republicans joined Democrats Thursday in pressuring congressional leadership to preserve $150 million in fisheries disaster relief in New England and elsewhere.
 

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Using commercial gill nets in Florida waters -- banned for 18 years -- suddenly became legal for nearly a week in early November.
 

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The docks of San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf were teeming with life; forklifts zipped in every direction, hoists lowered stacks of crab traps onto waiting boats, and fishermen stocked their boats with ice and bait.
 

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- Ocean conditions such as current directions and water temperature play a huge role in determining the behavior of young migrating salmon as they move from rivers and hit ocean waters for the first time, according to new research.
 

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Massachusetts U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey could find themselves in a bit of a political pickle, and Gloucester could potentially lose as many as 200 jobs, depending on the final configuration of a Senate appropriations bill that includes the coveted $150 million in direct disaster aid to commercial fishermen in New England and elsewhere.
 

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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