National Fisherman


WILMINGTON, NC -- A new law urges all coastal community colleges to offer courses on commercial fishing and aquaculture. The law states commercial fishing brings fresh, local seafood to the market and is a mainstay of the coastal economy.

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Proposals for managing the southern flounder fishery, including a possible gill net ban, has both sides of the issue gathering forces in advance of Wednesday’s public hearing.

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EVERETT — A massive earth-moving project to transform low-lying farmland along the Snohomish River delta into salmon habitat could break ground in August, after more than a decade of preparation.

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PORTLAND, Maine — Regulators are one step closer to establishing a limited shrimp fishery in the Gulf of Maine.

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Though federal investigators have yet to pinpoint the precise cause of last month’s Santa Barbara oil spill, the basic story is becoming less and less mysterious.

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Twenty minutes before the San Diego Tuna Harbor Dockside Market was set to open, the line was 75 people deep and starting to curl past the pier. The crowd here last Saturday didn't come for the local sand dabs or trap-caught black cod. They were bargain hunters looking to score freshly caught, whole Pacific bluefin tuna for the unbelievably low price of only $2.99 a pound.

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Louisiana's oyster industry is eagerly awaiting the first season of production at the state's new $3 million oyster hatchery on Grand Isle.

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BETHEL — King salmon are starting to arrive along Western Alaska’s two major rivers, and amid deep worries about the cherished but troubled runs, hints of hope are emerging.

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This week, pictures of the badly corroded pipeline responsible for spilling more than 100,000 gallons of oil along the south coast were finally released.

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NEW BEDFORD — Members of New Bedford’s historic fishing industry stepped firmly into the city’s casino debate Wednesday night, voicing opposition and raising concerns about the $650 million waterfront proposal during a passionate forum at the Zeiterion, where strong support for the development also was heard from many attendees.

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Inside the Industry

Pat Fiorelli, the long-serving public affairs officer for the New England Fishery Management Council, will step down at the end of July.

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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced last week the sixth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to foster innovations that support sustainable fisheries in the United States. 

The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen and fishing communities while simultaneously rebuilding fish stocks.

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