National Fisherman

It's been a horrible year for Chesapeake Bay blue crabs, which plunged to less than half their overall population in the past year, and the state is set to decide Tuesday what to do about it.
 

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A virus that caused large fish kills in the Great Lakes since 2005 may now be harmless.

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VINALHAVEN, Me. — Late last year, Magnus Lane, a lobsterman with the propensity for wearing pirate-themed pajama pants around this rocky island town, found himself at the end of his rope. A glut of lobsters during the previous summer had pushed lobster prices to a 40-year low, while the cost of bait, fuel and complying with state and federal regulations seemed to creep ever upward.

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Consumer and environmental activists, facing likely defeat in their bid to block government approval of the first genetically engineered salmon, are trying a different tack to keep the fish off America's dinner plates: Getting retailers not to sell it.

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There's a naval war brewing off the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, and the next battle will be in New Orleans at the end of the month.

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The Massachusetts Senate has approved a $50,000 appropriation that, if also approved by the House, will help fund a state Division of Marine Fisheries plan to stave off further erosion of the state's commercial fishing industry.

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There is, it seems, more bad news coming out of the ocean than fish.
 
In yet another blow to local commercial fishermen who work the Gulf of Maine winter shrimp season, it appears the 2013-14 shrimping season may be even more dismal than last year’s abbreviated and paltry campaign.
 
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA — Participants in Alaska's famous red king crab fishery are finally close to heading out into the Bering Sea, now that the federal government's partial shutdown is behind them.
 
The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has fired back after Louisiana shrimp were “red-listed” by a California aquarium's seafood program that's popular with environmentally conscious people and followed by national retailers.
 
PANAMA CITY — If you don’t own a boat, it shouldn’t stop you from eating fish.
 
That’s how local fishing boat captain Billy Archer described the goals of “Share the Gulf,” a new coalition striving to maintain access for commercial anglers in the Gulf waters.
 

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 10/21/14

In this episode:

North Pacific Council adjusts observer program
Fishermen: bluefin fishing best in 10 years
Catch limit raised for Bristol Bay red king crab
Canadian fishermen fight over lobster size rules
River conference addresses Dead Zone cleanup

National Fisherman Live: 10/7/14

In this episode, National Fisherman Publisher Jerry Fraser talks about the 1929 dragger Vandal.

 

Inside the Industry

NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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The Golden Gate Salmon Association will host its 4th Annual Marin County Dinner at Marin Catholic High School, 675 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Kentfield on Friday, Oct 10, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.

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