National Fisherman


The fates of a migratory shorebird, horseshoe crabs, and the state's oyster industry have converged at the center of a debate over how each should be accommodated where they come together every spring, in New Jersey tidal flats along the Delaware Bay.

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The Winchester Bay waterfront has become full of activity as an Oregon company directs the fishing of sardines, an unknown fishery off the coast there.

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JUNEAU -- Gov. Bill Walker has made a second try at filling a vacant seat on the Alaska Board of Fisheries, this time picking the director of a Kenai Peninsula conservation group for a position traditionally held by members sympathetic to sportfishing interests.

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Last week I got schooled in the proactive side of fisheries management.

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At a legislative committee Thursday, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game says it could absorb part of the responsibilities of the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission if it was eliminated.

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Lower Keys commercial fishermen asked Monroe County commissioners to throw them a lifeline by purchasing a Stock Island fish house and marina as working waterfront.

Commissioners responded Wednesday that they want to keep the former Gulf Seafood property dedicated to commercial fishing but remain cautious on how to do it.

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In 1980, the city of Dillingham boasted more than 150 fishing permit holders in the community. Today, that number has dropped to less than 80, and while the number of fishermen in rural southwest Alaska has declined, the age of those who continue to fish has risen by almost a decade.

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KENTUCKY LAKE - Each week, fishermen spend hours on Kentucky Lake hauling in Asian Carp.

Ronny Hopkins buys the fish and said these men are making inroads to decrease the population, but sport fishermen may not fully understand what commercial fishermen are doing.

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By the time you read this, Alaska’s first roe herring fishery at Sitka Sound could be just about over. The 8,712 ton quota is down by half from last year and the lowest Sitka catch since 2003. That, combined with historically low herring prices, has fewer boats fishing and they are doing so as a co-op.

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The first opening in the annual Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery Wednesday yielded 530 tons of fish in a four-hour opening west of Crow Island and Bieli Rock, the Department of Fish and Game said today.

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Inside the Industry

The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association released their board of directors election results last week.

The BBRSDA’s member-elected volunteer board provides financial and policy guidance for the association and oversees its management. Through their service, BBRSDA board members help determine the future of one of the world’s most dynamic commercial fisheries.

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Former Massachusetts state fishery scientist Steven Correia received the New England Fishery Management Council’s Janice Plante Award of Excellence for 2016 at its meeting last week.

Correia was employed by the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries for over 30 years.

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