National Fisherman


WASHINGTON -- The summer of 2015 was the warmest on record in 135 years, federal scientists said on Thursday.

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Almost everything humans are doing to the ocean that is bad for most marine organisms – overfishing, pollution, rising sea temperatures, acidification, coastal construction, and the like – turns out to be good for jellies.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Hundreds of people filled a conference hall Tuesday night to speak out on a federal proposal to permanently protect a network of deep-sea canyons and underwater mountains off New England by creating the first marine national monument on the Atlantic coast.

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The Navy agreed to limit its use of sonar and other training that inadvertently harms whales, dolphins and other marine mammals off Hawaii and California in a settlement with environmental groups approved Monday.

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Fishermen benefiting from booming prices for American eels are squirming about a decision expected this month on whether to list the fish under the US' Endangered Species Act.

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Maine fishery regulators are preparing to hold a series of public hearings about a plan to cut back the number of scallop fishing days in the coming season a hearing on a plan to close an area to sea urchin fishing so they can gauge a project that would transplant the creatures.

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Fishermen looking to reel in a catfish from Indiana’s waterways need to be aware of some rule changes that will go into effect soon.

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New underwater imaging equipment designed to locate and determine the health of bluefin tuna stocks is being tested on P.E.I. this week by Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

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Scientists and fishermen have reported more unusual species in Alaska waters, likely because of warming sea surface temperatures. Meanwhile, an Alaska research organization has created an online clearinghouse of all the news and research related to the anomaly called The Blob.

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U.S. Sens. Mark Warner, Barbara Mikulski, Tim Kaine and U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman are urging President Barack Obama to protect Virginia and Maryland’s seafood industry by strengthening efforts to prevent seafood fraud.

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Inside the Industry

Governor Bill Walker has officially requested that the federal government declare a disaster for four Alaska regions hurt by one of the poorest pink salmon returns in decades.

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The New England Fishery Management Council recently elected Dr. John F. Quinn of Massachusetts and E. F. “Terry” Stockwell III of Maine to serve respectively as chairman and vice chairman in the year ahead. The two have led the Council since 2014 but reversed roles this year. 

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