National Fisherman


Bluefin tuna fishers in the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast are facing new restrictions to protect the prized species from being overfished. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the rules Monday for commercial fishing vessels.

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AUGUSTA — Maine should increase research and monitoring into how rising acidity levels in oceans could harm the state's valuable commercial fisheries while taking additional steps to reduce local pollution that can affect water chemistry.

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MARIN COUNTY (KCBS) — Environmentalists in Marin County say a centuries-old species of Coho salmon is facing outright extinction due to the current drought.

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A Virginia Beach woman is happy as a clam after finding a rare 41/2-carat lavender pearl in a littleneck purchased at the Great Machipongo Clam Shack in Nassawadox.

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Sabrina Galloway inadvertently glances at the cabin floor of the Mr. Anthony, and then its splintered wooden walls and broken windows. "I promise it used to look much prettier than this," she says of her family's shrimp boat. The 20-year-old gently grips the steering wheel, lightly scraping the wood with her fingernails.

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Rescuers searched Monday for 52 people missing after a South Korean fishing ship they were working on sank in the Bering Sea, an official said. At least one person died.

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GLOUCESTER — Portraits are about "who." That's obvious. What's not obvious is that they don't have to be only about who. That's true of the 71 photographs in Jim Hooper's "Portraits of a Working Waterfront." Hooper's handsome and eloquent photographs are also about "where" and "what." The show runs through Feb. 1 at the Cape Ann Museum.

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The U.S. Coast Guard was called into action early Saturday morning, responding to a fishing vessel in distress off the stormy and rugged Oregon Coast.

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MISSISSIPPI SOUND (WLOX) - A longtime Vietnamese fisherman took a group on a special fishing trip Monday. They were part of an event called "Come Fish off My Boat." The unique trip called attention to the plight of commercial fishermen and sparked conversations about efforts to restore the fishery.

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NEWPORT – Driven by a high-quality product, the opening price for Oregon commercial fishermen will hit a record $3.10 per pound when the Dungeness crab season opens as scheduled on Dec. 1.

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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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