National Fisherman

AUGUSTA – Fearing back-to-back seasons of record landings but diminished prices, a majority of lobstermen, processors and dealers told lawmakers Wednesday that they're willing to pay more to do their jobs if the state will spend more marketing its trademark product.

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A seafood processing company would bring as many as 250 jobs to the Beaufort area under a plan that would rehabilitate the Port Royal shrimp docks and build a processing plant in Gardens Corner.

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Gloucester's fishing schooners used about 40,000 tons of ice a year in 1876, and when father and son Dick and Scott Memhard acquired Cape Pond Ice Co. more than a century later in 1983, the boats were still using about the same amount.

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At a time when large dams are being taken down, not put up, the state of Alaska is proposing to construct one of the tallest and most expensive hydroelectric dams ever built in North America.

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The U.S. Coast Guard resumed a search shortly after sunrise Thursday for two fishermen lost in waters about 15 miles off the coast of Assateague Island, who went missing after their fishing vessel became distressed in turbulent weather Wednesday morning.

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Fish plays a starring role in the Mediterranean diet that's supposed to keep us healthy. And yet it's a disappearing commodity.

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WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators is pressing for an independent review of how the federal government calculates fishing stocks in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic.

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With last year's glut of lobsters and plummeting prices still a vivid memory, Maine lobstermen are hatching strategies to cultivate new markets and more customers for the state's leading fishery.

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WASHINGTON — Every summer since 1979, Kim Hubert has fished for sockeye salmon in Alaska's Bristol Bay. It's a family business in tiny Togiak that has, from time to time, also employed his wife and three children.

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The human crisis in the groundfishing industry is a real crisis. It is not contrived, it is not looming, it is not a threat, it is here.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 4/22/14

  • OSU study targets commercial fishing injuries
  • Delaware's native mud crab making recovery
  • Alaska salmon catch projected to drop 47 percent
  • West Coast groundfish fishery bill passes
  • Maine's scallop season strongest in years

Brian Rothschild of the Center for Sustainable Fisheries on revisions to the Magnuson-Stevens Act.

Inside the Industry

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is currently soliciting applicants for open advisory panel seats as well as applications from scientists interested in serving on its Scientific and Statistical Committee.

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The North Carolina Fisheries Association (NCFA), a nonprofit trade association representing commercial fishermen, seafood dealers and processors, recently announced a new leadership team. Incorporated in 1952, its administrative office is in Bayboro, N.C.

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