National Fisherman

The warm morning sun beat down on Mike McCorkle, a tanned, seasoned commercial fisherman who on Wednesday carefully brushed varnish on the deck of his 36-foot boat docked in the Santa Barbara Harbor.
 

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FAIRBANKS – Delegates to the Tanana Chiefs Conference convention took aim at declining king salmon stocks Wednesday, passing a resolution that would curtail commercial fisheries and give tribes a greater voice in fisheries management.
 

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GALVESTON — The Texas Department of State Health Services announced the “precautionary closure” of oystering in Galveston Bay because of high levels of toxin-producing algae in the water.
 

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Six months ago, there was a glow of enthusiasm around the embattled Gloucester waterfront over the news that, while hardly meeting the full demands of the 1954 Saltonstall-Kennedy Act, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would kick in up to $11 million of its seafood tariff revenue to support innovative projects aimed at improving America’s embattled fisheries and dockside economies.
 

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ANNAPOLIS — Five watermen – three from Queen Anne’s County and two from Kent County – were charged Wednesday, March 5 with illegally taking oysters from a protected area near the mouth of the Wicomico River in Somerset County, according to a news release from the Maryland Natural Resources Police.
 

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AquaBounty, a company that produces genetically modified salmon eggs at a P.E.I. hatchery, has applied to sell its fish in Canada.
 

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FREEPORT - Local clammers say they are encouraged that Gov. Paul LePage has established a task force to study the devastating impact that the European green crab is having on the shellfish fishery.
 

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CHATHAM — Commercial striped bass fishermen will have to make do with a lot less this year as state fishing regulations for the summer season cut in half the number of days they can go fishing and the number of fish they can catch each day. State fishery officials at public hearings said the move was needed to try to extend the season, improve fish prices paid to fishermen, and try to spread the catches to more ports.
 

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New figures from the Obama administration show more than 6500 Alaskans have enrolled in insurance plans on healthcare.gov. The deadline to sign up is March 31st. And that has prompted many Alaskans to bite the bullet and figure out what the Affordable Care Act means for them. For some commercial fishermen and others who are self-employed, what they’ve found has been a pleasant surprise.
 

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BEVERLY — With a big loss in court behind them, city officials are charting a new course in an attempt to revitalize the waterfront.
 

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National Fisherman Live

Brian Rothschild of the Center for Sustainable Fisheries on revisions to the Magnuson-Stevens Act.

National Fisherman Live: 4/8/14

Inside the Industry

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is currently soliciting applicants for open advisory panel seats as well as applications from scientists interested in serving on its Scientific and Statistical Committee.

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The North Carolina Fisheries Association (NCFA), a nonprofit trade association representing commercial fishermen, seafood dealers and processors, recently announced a new leadership team. Incorporated in 1952, its administrative office is in Bayboro, N.C.

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