National Fisherman


Thursday was the opening of the purse seine season at Amalga Harbor in Juneau. Commercial fishermen will be able to catch chum, released from the DIPAC hatchery.

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Summer flounder won't stand up and be counted.

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A Cordova group has tripled the government reward offered for information on those responsible for killing at least half a dozen Steller sea lions near the Southcentral Alaska fishing community last month.

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The ocean summer salmon fishery keeps on rolling, and the only issue holding it back is bad weather which hasn’t been an issue for more than a week now.

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Blue crab numbers are up in the Chesapeake Bay after a harsh winter killed more than 15 percent of the population, but the Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee urges Maryland and Virginia fisheries to be conservative in their harvests.

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There was a time when dogfish was all the rage and local fishermen couldn't reel them in fast enough for connoisseurs as far as away as England, Italy and Germany.

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When you buy a McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish sandwich, you might notice the little blue label that tells you the fish you’re about to eat is certified as environmentally sustainable. That sounds like good news for the environment, for fish, and for customers. But what the label doesn’t tell you is that Native American communities in Western Alaska are endangered, in part because of the Seattle-based trawl boats that bring you products like McDonald’s famous fish sandwich.

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A ban on shark fishing and chumming in Emerald Isle is being examined by a state agency.

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The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries upgraded the status of a handful of popular saltwater species in its annual stock status report released last week.

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Interstate fishery regulators are holding a hearing in Portsmouth, N.H., about a plan to manage a species of crab that is becoming increasingly popular and valuable.

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Inside the Industry

The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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