National Fisherman

Virginia's oyster harvest hit 406,000 bushels for the 2012-2013 season, outpacing the previous year by nearly 60 percent and marking the largest harvest since 1987, officials say.
 

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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Adam Putnam said Monday revitalization of the Apalachicola Bay and its oyster industry requires an “all-hands-on-deck approach.”
 

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NEW BEDFORD — The fledgling Center for Sustainable Fisheries introduced itself to fishermen in Mauntauk, N.Y., on Friday as its president headed west to receive a fishing industry award in Seattle.
 

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JOHANNESBURG — Illegal fishing off Africa - often by ships from wealthy nations like South Korea - costs the continent millions of dollars a year, with poor West African nations among the hardest hit.
 

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Utah's biggest and best known mine has become a debating point in an environmental fight concerning a huge Alaska project known as the Pebble Mine.
 

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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A couple of lobstermen from Maine believe they've made a pretty rare catch.
 
Herbert and Andrew Goulden say they caught what appears to be a calico lobster around noon on Saturday, four miles off shore out of the Kennebunk River.
 

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Spain is leading attempts to win a significant increase in bluefin tuna landings against the advice of scientists.
 

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ELLSWORTH, Maine — Green crabs are starting to make some coastal Maine residents see red.
 
The crabs have been found in coastal waters off Maine for around a hundred years, but it’s only in the past few that they’ve drawn the ire and attention of fishermen and scientists in the state.
 

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Dredged bay mud and sand, once as welcome to communities as a trash dump, may be key to saving Delaware Bay beaches and wetlands from erosion and sea-level rise.
 

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Mayor Carolyn Kirk Thursday labeled a Senate Appropriations Committee threat to close down NOAA’s Northeast Regional Office in Gloucester and ship its 200 jobs elsewhere as “folly,” saying it represents little more than a land grab by Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski.
 

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 1/27/15

In this episode:

Assessment: Atlantic menhaden is not overfished
Bering Sea pollock fishery casts off
Dock to Dish opens Florida’s first CSF
Second wave of disaster funds for Alaska
Fisherman lands N.C.’s largest bluefin ever

Inside the Industry

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is still seeking public review and comment on the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management Conformance Criteria (Version 1.2, September 2011). The public review and comment period, which opened on Dec. 3, 2014, runs through Monday, Feb. 3.

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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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