National Fisherman


It’s been 11 months now since Congress allocated $75 million in federal disaster funds to help ease the effects of the economic disaster that has befallen fisheries around the nation, with more than $30 million targeted to aid the Northeast groundfishery, and $14.9 million of it headed for Massachusetts.
 
Legislation addressing California's drought reached an inconclusive high-water mark Tuesday, passing the House on a largely party line vote before trickling off to a bleak fate in the Senate.
 
CHESTERTOWN — A Kent County waterman whose license was revoked earlier this year was charged Tuesday, Dec. 2, by Natural Resources Police officers for violating his revocation by fishing for striped bass.
 

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Lawyers for Newport Fishermen's Wives, the city of Newport and others suing the U.S. Coast Guard to prevent the planned closure of the Coast Guard's helicopter station in Newport told a federal judge Tuesday that the agency had violated rules governing such a closure.
 
MOBILE, Alabama - Illegal poaching of fish by Mexican crews in U.S. water off Texas' southern coast is an ongoing problem resulting in the waste of tens of thousands of pounds of commercially and recreationally important species such as red snapper and shark.
 

A Canadian company is exploring copper and zinc deposits at the Palmer Project site north of Haines. It’s not even a proposed project yet – but it’s is already dividing the community of Haines. One group having a hard time forming consensus on the issue is the commercial fishing fleet in the Northern Lynn Canal.

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The second disbursement of $8.3 million in fishing disaster funds has stalled at NOAA headquarters in Maryland, prompting a letter from some members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation seeking the release of the funds.

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The Pacific halibut stock appears to be rising from the ashes, and that bodes well for catches in some fishing regions next year. It would turn the tide of a decades-long decline that has caused halibut catches to be slashed by more than 70 percent in Alaska, Washington, Oregon and British Columbia.

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Down in Hopedale, Louisiana, at his dock on Hopedale Highway in St. Bernard Parish, Tony Goutierrez is sorting the crabs he caught that morning. Goutierrez has been a commercial fisherman for a half century — long enough to know his profession no longer makes ends meet.

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JUNEAU -- A federal judge says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must stop all work related to a process that could result in development of the Pebble Mine being restricted or prohibited.

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Inside the Industry

The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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