National Fisherman

Using commercial gill nets in Florida waters -- banned for 18 years -- suddenly became legal for nearly a week in early November.
 

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The docks of San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf were teeming with life; forklifts zipped in every direction, hoists lowered stacks of crab traps onto waiting boats, and fishermen stocked their boats with ice and bait.
 

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- Ocean conditions such as current directions and water temperature play a huge role in determining the behavior of young migrating salmon as they move from rivers and hit ocean waters for the first time, according to new research.
 

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Massachusetts U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey could find themselves in a bit of a political pickle, and Gloucester could potentially lose as many as 200 jobs, depending on the final configuration of a Senate appropriations bill that includes the coveted $150 million in direct disaster aid to commercial fishermen in New England and elsewhere.
 

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Fish politics can be messy stuff. They’re complicated; they’re emotional, and there’s a lot of money involved. Now that a group with ties to the sportfishing lobby is trying to put the existence of the Cook Inlet setnet fishery to a vote, fish politics are being taken to their messy extreme.
 

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CHATHAM — Commercial gillnet fisherman Charlie Dodge lugged a full orange bushel basket of what appeared to be small plastic footballs into the large meeting room at the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance headquarters.
 

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With the fall shrimping season winding down, shrimpers have seen two things, a small crop, that's mostly smaller in size.
 

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Gulf of Maine shrimpers, including those working out of Gloucester, could learn as early as next week the details on the stock assessment for the upcoming 2013-14 season, with the most recent data still indicating it could be one of the worst seasons in recorded history.
 

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Ipswich — Maine is currently conducting an experiment to control green crabs and try to protect clam beds from the green crab predator — an experiment that ultimately could help the clamming industry in Ipswich, which the green crab also threatens.
 

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Fishermen cleaned crab pots and loaded boats at Pillar Point Harbor, in Half Moon Bay, Calif., on Friday as they are getting ready for the commercial Dungeness crab season, which gets underway Nov. 15.
 

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14

In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.

Inside the Industry

NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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