National Fisherman


The federal appeals court in New Orleans has narrowly refused to review its ruling that puts BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. on the hook for paying federal pollution fines related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. In a 7-6 vote announced Friday, the 5th Circuit Court denied BP's request that the full court review the decision, which had been made by a three-judge panel of the court.
 

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ANCHORAGE – A second wave of fisheries disaster funds for Alaska has been approved by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
 

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PLYMOUTH – Half-submerged in the ocean east of Scituate, the canary-yellow glider with swept-back wings looked like little more than someone’s errant model plane. But appearances can be deceiving, especially in this electronic age where more and more sophisticated technology is being loaded into ever smaller and sleeker packages.
 

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Alaska seafood marketers are facing some strong headwinds heading into 2015, notably for sockeye salmon and crab.
 

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Why have salmon been pouring back into the Columbia River in record numbers recently while returns to the Washington coast and Puget Sound continue to drop? One big reason is that for the past decade someone in a position of authority has been in charge of protecting and restoring Columbia River salmon.
 

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ANNA MARIA ISLAND -- Beachgoers looking for a Christmas walk on Anna Maria Island a few weeks ago got an unpleasant surprise: thousands of dead, rotting fish littering the 9-mile coastline from top to bottom.
 

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Fresh-caught Maine lobster might be a little more affordable this winter because the continued shutdown of the state’s shrimp season is keeping some lobstermen at sea deeper into the winter than usual.
 

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"Halibut is the fish for people who don't like to eat fish."
 
Clem Tillion told me that. It's true.
 

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CAMBRIDGE, Md. - Steve Vilnit didn’t expect to become Internet famous for a picture he took one sunny day back in November.
 

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I love this idea that gets floated by political decision makers, that the fishing industry in this province is in transition.
 
Well, of course it is. But from what to what?
 

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Inside the Industry

The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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