National Fisherman

The restructured observer program, and plans for 2014, will be up for discussion at the North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in October, including the electronic monitoring component of the program.

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News that mining giant Anglo-American plans to withdraw from the Pebble Mine project was greeted with joy by opponents who hailed it as a victory for the people of Bristol Bay and for the region’s resources.

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Executives from two multinational corporations told a Senate subcommittee in Washington D.C. Sept. 24 they are willing to consider several sources to assure the sustainability of seafood purchased for their vast retail and food service businesses.

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The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) issued a five-page statement today, lashing out at its critics, including the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) and some of the seafood industry media, for what it called “negative and inaccurate statements.”

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OPPONENTS of a massive gold, copper and molybdenum mining operation proposed for the headwaters of Alaska’s salmon-rich Bristol Bay are not letting their guard down.
 

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Laramie is about 3,000 miles from Bristol Bay, Alaska, but that doesn’t stop a local bar from serving “some of the best salmon in the entire world.”
 

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Overfishing isn’t just a threat to the commercial fishing industry — it results in severe repercussions for the millions of people who depend on healthy oceans for food security. As ocean health continues to decline, seafood retailers and companies of all sizes have begun to call attention to the dangers of overfishing and make bold commitments to source sustainable seafood. Why? The future of our oceans is on the line.
 

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NEW BEDFORD, MA — Visitors to the 2013 Working Waterfront Festival will have a unique opportunity to see an underwater simulation of how fishing gear works. The festival takes place in New Bedford, America’s largest commercial fishing port, on Saturday and Sunday, September 28 and 29.
 
 

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(NECN: Peter Howe, Boston) - It’s been a tough year after a string of tough years for New England fishermen, with federal catch limits for groundfish off Georges Bank and the Gulf of Maine slashed by up to 77 percent in hopes of keeping cod and flounder from going extinct.
 

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The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard on Tuesday held a hearing to examine third-party sustainability certification of U.S. seafood and its impact on the seafood options in grocery stores and restaurants.
 

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14

In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.

Inside the Industry

NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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