National Fisherman


Reflecting optimism about this year's abundance of chinook salmon, fishing industry regulators on Wednesday approved the longest commercial season in more than a decade. But the state's record drought has darkened the long-term outlook for one of California's most valuable fish.

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LA 624 runs for a few miles east of Yscloskey in southeastern St. Bernard Parish, passing Bakers Ditch and the Hopedale Canal before ending nearly where a rock barrier now closes the old Mississippi River Gulf Outlet.

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Five years ago, BP's out-of-control oil well deep in the Gulf of Mexico exploded. Eleven workers were killed on the Deepwater Horizon rig. But it was more than a deadly accident — the blast unleashed the nation's worst offshore environmental catastrophe.

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Crew members and dock workers interested in determining their eligibility for a slice of $3 million in federal fishing disaster funds can have their questions answered at today's workshop at the Division of Marine Fisheries' Annisquam Station office on Emerson Avenue.

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MONTEREY, Calif. (KGO) -- Conservationists and fishermen up and down the West Coast are increasingly at odds over the disappearing sardine. The sardine fishing season has been stopped for the next 14 months. In Monterey's famous Cannery Row, the sardine industry collapsed 70 years ago. And now, history may be repeating itself.

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Maine marine officials for the first time have permanently revoked a commercial fisherman's licenses.

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In 2013, pink salmon returns in Southeast Alaska broke records, leading commercial fishermen to catch more than 100 million salmon from all five species for the first time ever in the region. Biologists don't expect this year to be quite as stellar, but pinks, which tend to run in odd year cycles, are expected to carry the year for commercial fishermen once again.

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NEW ORLEANS — Before the oil spill ravaged Louisiana's marshlands, Randy Borne pulled in 70 dozen wire crates a day of squirming blue crabs. His traps dotted the swampy waters behind his house near Golden Meadow, a sprawling bayou town 80 miles south of New Orleans.

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MONTGOMERY — Decatur officials are speaking out against a bill to again allow net fishing on the Tennessee River, and they're urging the state Senate to kill it.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Several fish stocks from Maine to Florida are rebounding and are no longer subject to overfishing, federal regulators said Thursday.

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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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