National Fisherman


From a nature lover’s perspective, it is a wonder to be in the water and have a seal pop up, or see a gray streamlined body shoot by in pursuit of fish. But the reality is the seals are being hunted as well and great white sharks have repeatedly been spotted in very shallow water near shore, even attacking seals close to where people swim and surf.

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Every July in Alaska, the conversation turns to salmon.

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NOAA announced today that it is committing $88,000 in grant and event response funding for Washington state to monitor and analyze an unusually large bloom of toxic algae off its coast.

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Like swells on the ocean, rising and falling at the influence of conditions not immediately identifiable, salmon fishing has seen its ups and downs this July. It has sometimes left empty-handed anglers at the dock shaking their heads after another lousy trip, and other times thrilling them with limits all around of big, gleaming fish.

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NOAA Fisheries this week undertook an effort to build trust and cooperation from the New England fishing industry by including the industry in upcoming groundfish stock assessments.

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Maine is promoting the coordinator of its lobster monitoring programs to the role of lead lobster biologist for the state.

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Western Alaska is in the midst of one of the best salmon runs in decades, and that means both subsistence and commercial fishermen in waters around Norton Sound and Kotzebue are catching record numbers of chum.

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This is kind of the good news/bad news department, as so many things are: The good news is that terrific oysters are being farmed in several locations in California; the bad news is that ocean acidification — the absorption of carbon dioxide into the sea, a direct result of high levels of carbon in the atmosphere — is a direct threat to that industry.

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It sounds fishy, but there’s a brewery in Maine infusing its beer with lobster.

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When the longline on the Sea Born is engaged, which is most of the time when it’s out in the Atlantic, two video cameras record everything on the deck and side of the boat.

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Inside the Industry

The Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel working group is scheduled to meet Aug. 2 in Boston to discuss using commercial fishing vessels to supplement current stock assessment surveys conducted by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center.

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Pat Fiorelli, the long-serving public affairs officer for the New England Fishery Management Council, will step down at the end of July.

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