National Fisherman

For the first time in five years, chinook salmon are being seen in the Lagunitas watershed — a hopeful sign that federally endangered coho salmon will have a strong run this winter.
 

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In the continuing saga of Kenai River king salmon management during the current period of low abundance, counting the number of fish coming into the river with enough accuracy to satisfy competing users has been a difficult task for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
 

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The oldest fishing shack in Menemsha is now under the stewardship of the town of Aquinnah, at least for the short term.
 

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Last week the Small Business Association (SBA) approved Governor Deval Patrick's September 5, 2013 request for an economic disaster declaration for local fishermen and associated industries. The declaration makes those affected by catch limits and dwindling groundstock eligible for subsidized loans through the government.
 

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Fishermen will lose income and shrimp processors fear their industry will be harmed worldwide because of regulators’ decision Tuesday to cancel the 2014 shrimp fishing season in the Gulf of Maine in response to the species’ collapse.
 

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With the status of a long-standing ban on gillnet fishing in Florida waters now in doubt, two conservation groups say it is time to tighten up regulations on harvesting mullet and other bait fish in order to protect gamefish and wading birds further up the food chain.
 

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Back in the day, residents of Kachemak Bay pulled more than big flatfish and frisky salmon from the waters. Those who have lived on local shores for 30 years or so remember a day when it was possible to jig for crab, not to mention make a descent living from harvesting king and Tanner crabs.
 

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ESSEX — The soft-shelled backbone of this town’s economy is under attack from an old enemy, with invasive species of crabs gobbling up clams throughout Essex Bay, experts say.
 

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That’s the big question as the industry braces for the International Pacific Halibut Commission’s interim meeting this week in Seattle.
 

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ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. - A man rescued by the United States Coast Guard off of a 58 foot trawler, along with his brother-in-law and five kids, spoke to Channel 4 about the events of the rescue.
 
"The police and the Coast Guard, they did an excellent job," said Captain James Lee. "I thank God for them."
 

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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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