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NEW BEDFORD — Mayor Jon Mitchell Tuesday urged the organization responsible for setting catch limits for fish species shared between the United States and Canada to negotiate a Georges Bank yellowtail flounder quota for the 2014 fishing year that does not result in further harm to the fishing industry.

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The state's lobstermen are preparing for the start Sunday of the Long Island Sound fishery's first-ever seasonal closure, when their traps will be out of the water until Nov. 28.

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The 2013 Alaska commercial salmon catch is a record total of 260 million as of Aug. 27.

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A body matching the description of a 28-year-old Maitland diver who did not resurface in the Atlantic Ocean 24 miles east of Ponce de Leon Inlet was found Tuesday afternoon.

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Next week, weather permitting, scientists from the University of Massachusetts' Gloucester-based marine research center will head out to sea from Cape Cod in search of bluefin tuna.

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Thick fog obscures all but the lower towers of the Claiborne Pell Bridge as Al Eagles throttles down the Catherine Ann and drifts up to one of his pink buoys on this August morning.

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Copper River Seafoods is planning to withdraw support for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) from 2014 unless it certifies all of Alaska's salmon fisheries.

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Fishermen and boaters of Cape Ann and other parts of the North Shore are seeing a marked increase in long fin squid, a species normally more common south of Cape Cod.

It's the second summer of a squid population explosion, from the Cape to Southern Maine, said Michael Armstrong, assistant director of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries' Gloucester field station.

"We've always had them (long fin squid), but in less numbers," said Armstrong. "Their abundance is through the roof ... It's even more pronounced this year."

Armstrong said the word "boom" would be an accurate description, with long fin squid numbers increasing tenfold, at least.

The inky invertebrates are so plentiful that it's become popular to catch them, both to eat and to use a bait. The increase in squid fishing has caused friction recently at some North Shore docks — between authorities, boaters and other fishermen.

Earlier this summer, Marblehead town officials banned fishing from town-owned docks and floats, after overcrowding by squid anglers became a problem.

Salem Harbormaster Bill McHugh said his team patrols the waters near the city's power plant every night, to remind squid fisherman they must stay at least 100 feet away from the plant. Squid fishing is also popular on the Salem Willows pier and off the rocks near Fort Pickering on Winter Island, he said.

"Usually the squid fishermen work at night. They use bright lights so we do get (complaint) calls," McHugh said. "We go over (to the power plant) nightly to remind them to stay out of the restricted area ... We've had a couple of issues in the Salem Willows with lights, but nothing major."

"(The squid fishermen) are mostly respectful and comply right away," he said.

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A man drowned after he was pulled off a boat and into a Northern California bay by a crab pot on Sunday, authorities said.

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Kiribati boasts one of the world's largest no-fishing reserves, but its marine life is anything but safe.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 9/23/14

In this episode:

'Injection' plan to save fall run salmon
Proposed fishing rule to protect seabirds
Council, White House talk monument expansion
Louisiana shrimpers hurt by price drop
Maine and New Hampshire fish numbers down

 

Inside the Industry

The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative is introducing its Chef Ambassador Program. Created to inspire and educate chefs and home cooks across the country about the unique qualities of lobster from Maine, the program showcases how it can be incorporated into a range of inspired culinary dishes.

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More than a dozen higher education institutions and federal and local fishery management agencies and organizations in American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Hawaii have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at building the capacity of the U.S. Pacific Island territories to manage their fisheries and fishery-related resources.

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