National Fisherman


MENEMSHA — A 33-foot fishing boat sank about 150 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard after it collided with another boat on Monday, according to a Coast Guard official.

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NEWPORT – The council that oversees the region’s fishing industry voted Tuesday to reopen vast swaths of Georges Bank to fishing, a decision decried by environmentalists as a blow to conservation efforts, but lauded by fisherman as a boon to their business.

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The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has filed a complaint for injunctive and declaratory relief in U.S. District Court in an effort to halt Rutgers University’s seismic survey, currently underway in the ocean approximately 15 to 50 miles southeast of Barnegat Inlet.

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KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — When Maine's lobsters start shedding their shells, restaurant owner Steve Kingston goes to the docks with a message for lobstermen: bring 'em to me.

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The Magnuson-Stevens Act is up for its periodic reauthorization.

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With Father's Day looming, consumers' appetite for steamed crabs is growing.

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Thousands of red tuna crabs washed onto Southern California beaches Sunday, repeating a phenomenon experts say occurs with warmer ocean temperatures.

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TOKYO — The tiny Pacific nation of Palau, fighting a rising tide of illegal fishing in its waters, has set fire to four boats belonging to Vietnamese caught poaching sea cucumbers and other marine life in its waters.

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WILMINGTON, NC -- A new law urges all coastal community colleges to offer courses on commercial fishing and aquaculture. The law states commercial fishing brings fresh, local seafood to the market and is a mainstay of the coastal economy.

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Proposals for managing the southern flounder fishery, including a possible gill net ban, has both sides of the issue gathering forces in advance of Wednesday’s public hearing.

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Inside the Industry

Fishermen throughout the Gulf of Mexico are praising Louisiana officials for a series of strong decisions last week that have broken the deadlock of red snapper management in the Gulf of Mexico.

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According to the Portland Press Herald, the Maine Seaweed Festival has been canceled this year due to a rift between the event’s organizers and seaweed harvesters.

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