National Fisherman


Processing the 20 to 40 million sockeye harvested in about a month each summer is no small feat. And while the Bristol Bay salmon fishery has come a long way from the hey-days of canneries, there are more improvements to come.

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As the lobster bait shortage on the US east coast continues to attract more attention — recently prompting regulation changes in on the east coast  — a North Carolina-based synthetic bait startup is in a good position to fill the gap in bait supply.

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While Britain's exit is expected to have an limited overall impact on the EU, offshore fishermen based in northern France face the grim prospect of losing access to their best waters.

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The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is teaming up with high-profile Canadian environmentalists and scientists to investigate the impact of salmon farms on the B.C. coast.

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Every year, the federal government spends millions monitoring New England commercial fishermen to ensure they ply their timeless maritime trade in accordance with the law.

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July 14, 2016 — The following was released by the National Coalition for Fishing Communities:

WASHINGTON (NCFC) — The U.S. House of Representatives made a strong statement against the declaration of marine monuments last night, passing an amendment offered by Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-New York) to bar funding for the designation of any National Marine Monuments by the President. The amendment to H.R. 5538, the Fiscal Year 2017 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, passed the House by a vote of 225-202. Congressman Zeldin represents a coastal district and the fishing hub of eastern Long Island, N.Y.

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Hawaii’s longline fleet is about to hit its 3,554-ton limit for bigeye tuna in the Western and Central Pacific, prompting a closure date for the fishery of July 22, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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From trap to table, Maine lobsters often travel great distances to reach their final destination on your plate. With locations as close to the source as Boston or as far flung as Las Vegas and Japan, Luke’s Lobster founder, Luke Holden, and president Ben Conniff, both 31, are working to preserve the feeling of sitting on a wharf by the bay no matter where you’re enjoying their restaurant’s seafood specialties.

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Washington Sea Grant (WSG) is calling on beachgoers to be on the lookout for a "raving mad" crustacean that has colonized waters and threatened native shellfish from South Africa to the Pacific Coast.

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PORT ARTHUR, Texas — A Coast Guard boat crew rescued three men after their 28-foot shrimp boat took on water and sank in the mouth of the Sabine River, Monday morning.

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Inside the Industry

The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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