National Fisherman

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine officials are reaching out to scallop fishermen in advance of the season that begins on Dec. 1.

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HALIFAX -- Canada could put an already endangered species of tuna at greater risk by asking an international body to raise the quota for the prized fish, say conservationists who want the catch limit to remain the same to allow the stock to rebuild.

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NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — Coast Guard crew members rescued four fishermen about 25 miles southeast of Nantucket, after their boat started taking on water.

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Dutch Harbor is where many of the ships that fish the Bering Sea could wait out the coming storm triggered by Typhoon Nuri.

So far, crews there say they’re not too worried.

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The National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (CONAPESCA) adopted a measure for the sustainable management of bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) stocks in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO), which aims to reduce its catch by 45 per cent during 2015 and 2016.

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Senior scientists and fishery managers from leading fishing nations concluded three days of talks on the status of fisheries and sustainability of seafood at the fourth annual Science and Sustainability Forum (SSF) which called for the re-evaluation of seafood ecolabelling guidelines that many say are being misapplied particularly in small scale fisheries and coastal communities. A major concern is that ecolabelling is creating market barriers for coastal fisheries and communities.

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RIDGE, Md. — A diver pulled a large, porous bag of oysters from Calvert Bay and heaved it onto the motorboat, and the sucker fish and baby crabs began to scurry and skid in a vain search for escape along the slippery floor. Another bounty of bivalves, almost ready for market. But not everyone is excited.

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Fishermen based in San Luis Obispo County say the unusually warm water along the coast is attracting some seldom-seen, warm-water fish species to the area.

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Alaska voters approved a ballot measure aimed at adding a hurdle to the potential development of a major copper and gold mine.
 

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators shut down the commercial fishing season for northern shrimp in the Gulf of Maine for a second straight yearWednesday, citing concerns about the declining population and warmer ocean temperatures.
 

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14

In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.

Inside the Industry

NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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