National Fisherman

A Pompano Beach seafood purveyor who federal prosecutors allege conspired to sell live spiny lobsters caught in the Florida Keys to China must pay a $250,000 fine and serve three years probation.
 

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Salmon live interesting lives: they are born in fresh water, then migrate to the ocean, where they grow to maturity, returning back to fresh water to breed, sometimes hundreds of kilometres, navigating obstacles along the way -- including swimming up waterfalls. And not just any freshwater will do, either: salmon return to the very spot they were born to lay their own spawn.

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Yes, it will be a form of income.

But something seems grossly unjust about the notion that direct aid being provided by the federal government to fishermen as part of a national fisheries economic disaster package may be taxable — beginning with the idea of these working businessmen having to funnel a hefty chunk of the money they are due right back to the same government that put them in this bind in the first place.

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A Kotzebue commercial fisherman faces charges of waste after he left more than 100 salmon caught in a gillent to rot, Alaska State Troopers say.

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MACHIAS, Maine — The state Department of Marine Resources, acceding to the wishes of the Scallop Advisory Council, has proposed that draggers and divers be allowed to fish for scallops the same number of days in 2014-15 as the previous season.

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MASHPEE - Homeowners objecting to a proposed oyster farm in Popponesset Bay have lost another legal avenue in their attempt to stop the project.
 

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Charlie Baker, the Republican Party's presumptive nominee for governor, recently waded into the debate over lobster fishing regulations, opposing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's new rules for the industry while criticizing Attorney General Martha Coakley for refusing to weigh in on the topic.

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BOSTON – A marketing program aimed at highlighting and promoting the state’s seafood industry is one step closer to launch.
 

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The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has become a cause célèbre for environmentalists nationwide.
 
Southeast Alaska is far less remote and barren — and yet, for some reason its protection is not yet a national issue.
 

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Oyster harvests in some parts of the Gulf of Mexico are at about a third of the level they were before the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill, the Associated Press reported.
 

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

The National Marine Educators Association has partnered with NOAA this year to offer all conference attendees an educational session on how free NOAA data can add functionality to navigation systems and maritime apps.

Session topics include nautical charts, tides and currents, seafloor data, buoy networking and weather, among others.

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NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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