National Fisherman


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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Two lifeboats were called to action in Exmouth on Tuesday morning after a fishing trawler started taking on water.

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July 1 is the most anticipated day of the year for Alaska trollers. It marks the start of the summer king season when there are usually lots of salmon to catch and the fishing grounds are fully open. No matter how long they’ve fished, there is not one troller who doesn’t feel the elation of seeing just the right tug on a line that results in a beautiful, shimmering king salmon being hauled over the rail.

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Last month, in a galaxy not so far away, a Bay Area angler with a rod, a sea kayak and plenty of time on his hands made a Star Wars themed video chronicling his fishing experience.

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Rutgers marine researchers and New Jersey fishermen are piecing together the details of the strange, gender-bending sex lives of black sea bass – a study that could improve understanding of the bass population and help the beleaguered recreational fishing industry.

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The Pew Charitable Trusts wants global fishery authorities to explore the possibility of banning the international trade for Pacific bluefin tuna after no additional conservation measures for the fishery were agreed to during the 89th meeting of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission that took place between June 22 and July 3 in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

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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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