National Fisherman


The approximately $8.3 million in the second round of federal fishery disaster aid should begin going out to eligible Massachusetts beneficiaries around the first week of March, the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs said today.
 

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North Carolina's only state-funded boat dock for commercial and recreational fishermen opened Friday as cold Outer Banks wind whipped off the Croatan Sound.
 
For years, Cocoa Beach’s legendary Bernard’s Surf was known for an exotic menu featuring zebra steak, giraffe, chocolate-covered ants and fried bees.
 

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Regulators are considering limiting entry into the Gulf of Maine for shrimp fishing if-and-when the decimated stock rebounds enough to reopen the fishery, according to a document seeking public comment on the possible revisions to the region's management plan.

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SEATTLE — In January, the International Pacific Halibut Commission put a Band-Aid on a Bering Sea halibut situation that needs a blood transfusion from the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

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The Chesapeake Bay blue crab population is reeling, facing some of the lowest numbers in history. Officials are desperately hoping that steps taken to protect females last year will allow the fishery to rebound from the edge of disaster. But those efforts are also mired in a debate over the best way to protect the crabs.

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TOKYO — The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries says that the export of Japanese agricultural, fishery and food products hit a record high in 2014.

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This week, salmon fishermen from Bristol Bay voiced their concerns about the way their fishing industry has been depicted in the newest of the seemingly never-ending stream of “reality” TV shows.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The U.S. Coast Guard is assisting a disabled 45-foot commercial fishing boat in the Gulf of Mexico 98 miles northwest of Tampa Bay, Florida, Wednesday. The distressed fishing vessel was already in progress of towing another craft when the call for help was received.
 

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An Australian-flagged fishing vessel is stuck in Antarctic ice, with New Zealand authorities dispatching a US Coast Guard icebreaker to rescue it.
 

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Inside the Industry

The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association released their board of directors election results last week.

The BBRSDA’s member-elected volunteer board provides financial and policy guidance for the association and oversees its management. Through their service, BBRSDA board members help determine the future of one of the world’s most dynamic commercial fisheries.

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Former Massachusetts state fishery scientist Steven Correia received the New England Fishery Management Council’s Janice Plante Award of Excellence for 2016 at its meeting last week.

Correia was employed by the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries for over 30 years.

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