National Fisherman


A four-day odyssey to free a juvenile humpback entangled in fishing gear had a happy ending Monday when the whale finally swam free in the Gulf of the Farallones.

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Thursday was the opening of the purse seine season at Amalga Harbor in Juneau. Commercial fishermen will be able to catch chum, released from the DIPAC hatchery.

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Summer flounder won't stand up and be counted.

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A Cordova group has tripled the government reward offered for information on those responsible for killing at least half a dozen Steller sea lions near the Southcentral Alaska fishing community last month.

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There was a time when dogfish was all the rage and local fishermen couldn't reel them in fast enough for connoisseurs as far as away as England, Italy and Germany.

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The ocean summer salmon fishery keeps on rolling, and the only issue holding it back is bad weather which hasn’t been an issue for more than a week now.

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Blue crab numbers are up in the Chesapeake Bay after a harsh winter killed more than 15 percent of the population, but the Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee urges Maryland and Virginia fisheries to be conservative in their harvests.

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When you buy a McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish sandwich, you might notice the little blue label that tells you the fish you’re about to eat is certified as environmentally sustainable. That sounds like good news for the environment, for fish, and for customers. But what the label doesn’t tell you is that Native American communities in Western Alaska are endangered, in part because of the Seattle-based trawl boats that bring you products like McDonald’s famous fish sandwich.

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A ban on shark fishing and chumming in Emerald Isle is being examined by a state agency.

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The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries upgraded the status of a handful of popular saltwater species in its annual stock status report released last week.

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Inside the Industry

The New England Fishery Management Council recently elected Dr. John F. Quinn of Massachusetts and E. F. “Terry” Stockwell III of Maine to serve respectively as chairman and vice chairman in the year ahead. The two have led the Council since 2014 but reversed roles this year. 

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Vigor will debut an affordable 142-foot freezer longliner designed specifically for North Pacific fishing at the 2016 Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle.

 

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