National Fisherman

Despite a pool of more than $75 million in federal appropriations for fisheries disaster relief from Hurricane Sandy and other storm damage, at only $1.5 million, New Jersey has received a pittance compared with other regions, according to state legislators and anglers associations.
 

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PANAMA CITY — Recreational anglers could see an increase in the amount of red snapper they can harvest in the coming years if the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council approves a proposed amendment.
 

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Like many other fish dealers, Red’s Best is teeming with pallets of shiny succulent seafood, fresh haddock and hake, boxes of clams, and more exotic catches, with trails of crushed ice leading from bin to packing crate. But the real prize of Red’s operation at Boston Fish Pier is in a side room, where the company’s salesmen work from computers to market locally caught seafood to high-end wholesalers who sell to restaurants around the country.
 

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A Deepwater Horizon oil-spill lawsuit the state filed Wednesday over environmental damage shows legal wrangling over the 2010 spill could drag on for years.
 

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A report commissioned by the city Fisheries Commission shows that, as of a month ago, 210 commercial fishing vessels berth at docks and wharves in Gloucester’s Inner Harbor and 38 percent of those utilize publicly-owned facilities.
 

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Harvey Crow, crew member of the Quandary, raises the Christ Pennant on the ship while Pastors Laurie A Jones, left, and Erik R. Wilson Weiberg of Ballard First Lutheran Church preside over the 86th annual Blessing of the Fleet at the Fishermen's Memorial site of Fishermen's Terminal Sunday March 9, 2014. The Quandary, a purse seiner owned by Tom Pawlak of Port Townsend, was the boat to receive the blessing for the fleet, as many ships start to take off for the sometimes-dangerous duty of commercial fishing. The Quandary leaves tomorrow for Sitka, Alaska to fish salmon until around Labor Day. 
 
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The Bering Sea snow crab fishery is moving right along.
 

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Farmed salmon should be sterilised to prevent their genes crossing into wild populations, a university study claims.
 

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HARKERS ISLAND — Officials representing local commercial fishermen announced Thursday afternoon they will file suit against several federal and state agencies for alleged violation of the Endangered Species Act in regards to recreational taking of sea turtles.
 

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Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley visited Gloucester on Thursday, riding the political bicycle built for two that really only has room for one.
 

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is required by state statute to appoint someone to the Board of Fisheries by today, Tuesday, May 19. However, his efforts to fill the seat have gone unfulfilled since he took office in January. The seven-member board serves as an in-state fishery management council for fisheries in state waters.

The resignation of Walker’s director of Boards and Commissions, Karen Gillis, fanned the flames of controversy late last week.

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Keith Decker, president and COO of High Liner Foods, will take over for the outgoing CEO, Harry Demone, who will assume the role as chairman of the board of directors. The Lunenburg, Nova Scotia-based seafood supplier boasts sales in excess of $310 million (American) for the first quarter of the year.

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