National Fisherman

Samish Bay shellfish growers are bracing themselves for a two-month oyster harvest closure due to the contaminant vibrio parahaemolyticus and a series of related illnesses.

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Just one day after the State Department of Environmental Conservation took back a controversial quota on porgies, the Suffolk County Legislature agreed to consider legal action on behalf of the commercial fishing industry.

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For many years now, Willis Blount, the last offshore commercial fisherman still operating around Nantucket, once the center of the country’s whaling industry, has been having a tough time making ends meet. Although he has been supplying fresh fish to many of Nantucket’s finest restaurants and stores since 1975 — when he moved to the island from Rhode Island — he simply can’t overcome the changing economics of the fishing industry. The first of many problems is that he is permitted to fish only for so-called cold water species like cod, haddock, halibut and flounder, and the warming Atlantic Ocean water has pushed the supply of such fish farther north, beyond where he is allowed to fish for them.

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DANVERS — The New England Fisheries Management Council expects to move to reduce the annual catch limit for Gulf of Maine cod in 2015 if an impending peer review process shows the dire conclusions of recently completed, if unscheduled, NOAA stock assessment are accurate.
 

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A  new study was released last week essentially saying something Alaskans have been hearing for quite a while -- the acidity levels in Alaska’s fish-rich waters pose an increasingly high danger to the fish and shellfish populations, and therefore, those Alaskans who depend on the oceans for their income and their subsistence stores.
 

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A team of scientists studying the cause of skin lesions found on fish in the Gulf of Mexico in 2011 and 2012 have been unable to rule out toxic chemicals contained in oil released during the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill as their cause, according to a peer reviewed study released Monday (Aug. 4).
 

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EASTON, Md.- Many Talbot County residents are starting to wonder why Vibrio Vulnificus, an infection that hits hard and fast, is unfortunately becoming a more common occurrence this year.
 

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U.S. Coast Guard crews suspended their search Monday for a boater reported missing after a fishing vessel was found abandoned and sinking half a mile south of the Cliff House at Ocean Beach.
 

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The groundfish committee of the New England Fishery Management Council is scheduled to meet today in Danvers with a new item on the agenda: the preliminary results of an unexpected NOAA assessment that shows a continuing and alarming deterioration in the Gulf of Maine cod stock.
 

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BP is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in a battle over who should receive monetary damages related to the Gulf oil spill.

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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

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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Alaskans will meet with British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, when he visits Juneau next week and will ask him to support an international review of mine developments in northwest British Columbia, upstream from Southeast Alaska along the Taku, Stikine and Unuk transboundary rivers.

Some Alaska fishing and environmental groups believe an international review is the best way to develop specific, binding commitments to ensure clean water, salmon, jobs and traditional and customary practices are not harmed by British Columbia mines and that adequate financial assurances are in place up front to cover long-term monitoring and compensation for damages.

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