National Fisherman


A federal judge on Monday ruled in favor of the Pebble mine project and put a temporary halt on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to protect Bristol Bay.
 

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Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) announced on November 20 that she has abandoned the secret negotiations to craft a controversial drought relief bill this year, but said she will try to pass the legislation next year.
 

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GLOUCESTER — Congressman-elect Seth Moulton met with leaders of the Gloucester-based Northeast Seafood Coalition to "listen" and "learn" about the fishing industry — and to take a quick trip on the F/V Jenny G.
Sitka’s commercial herring fleet should expect to catch significantly fewer fish this spring. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, which released its preliminary harvest level for the 2015 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery Friday.
 

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There's an environmental concern that threatens the shrimping industry in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry:  Black Gill Disease.
 

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KLIPSAN BEACH — In contrast to 2013 when the commercial Dungeness crab season was delayed until Dec. 16 and 2012 when it was delayed until Dec. 31, the 2014-15 coastal Dungeness crab fishery in the area south of Klipsan Beach south to Point Arena, Calif., will open on its traditional date of Dec. 1. The gear set period begins 8 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 28.
 

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HAMPTON – The downtown waterfront here at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay used to be dotted with so many crab processing plants that Hampton was once known as Crabtown.
 

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As almost any commercial fisherman is only too happy to tell you, the environmental lobby has not often been a friend.
 

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EAST MACHIAS, Maine — A Maine conservation organization says its effort to release more than 140,000 juvenile Atlantic salmon will help restore the fish's run to the East Machias River.
 

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L’ANSE — A two-year federal undercover operation into illegal fishing on Lake Superior has resulted in a series of recent raids, involving three northern Michigan fish markets and their fishing operations, the ABC 10/CW 5 News has learned.
 

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Inside the Industry

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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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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