National Fisherman

Barney Frank was in town last week and he was gloating, admittedly gloating, over a National Research Council report that basically told fishing regulators that they've been doing it all wrong.

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part package on tiger shrimp. See Monday’s or go to staugustine.com for the second part on the re-emergence of the wild tiger shrimp in St. Augustine.
 
Penaeus monodon has a lot of scientific types scratching their heads at its stubborn grasp on survival and worrying about what that will mean in the long run.
 

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MOREHEAD CITY — Two local commercial fishermen are concerned about the possible impact of having an imported seafood processing facility coming to North Carolina, but the state Department of Commerce said it’s going to be helpful, not harmful.
 

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NOAA has opened up electronic vessel trip reporting to all Northeast region fisheries, potentially offering a more efficient means for fishermen to submit trip information on catch, gear, discards, areas fished and a host of other details required by the National Marine Fisheries Service.
 

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The United Fishermen of Alaska’s Board of Directors is meeting in Sitka this week.
 
President Jerry McCune says the board will work on priorities for legislative and government-agency action.
 

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A smiling Gov. Chris Christie leaned across a broad blue banner imprinted with the words,"New Jersey, Stronger Than the Storm" and cut the ribbon on a brand new boardwalk in Belmar.
 

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Governor Rick Scott is asking that Apalachicola Bay be declared an Economic Disaster Area. The harvest of oysters is down dramatically and families are suffering.
 

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NEW BEDFORD — So few monkfish are being caught by the Northeast fishing fleet that NOAA Fisheries said it is lifting the cap on monkfish for the vast majority of boats in the Northern Fishery Management Area, which is north of Nantucket.
 

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Commercial salmon fishing with purse seines and beach seines — for profit not just testing — is coming to the lower Columbia River in the fall of 2014.
 

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CORTEZ -- It will be too late for long-defunct fish markets in Cortez, but a Leon County circuit judge's ruling could spell the beginning of the end for the ban on gillnet fishing in Florida's coastal waters.
 

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14

In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.

Inside the Industry

NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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