National Fisherman

Alaska’s seafood industry worked hard again in 2013 to ramp up its message to policymakers, most of whom still tend to overlook the industry’s economic significance to the state and beyond. What is that message?
 
That “the industry” is made up of thousands of small businesses — the fishing boats that each supports one or several families.
 

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Two more areas off the coast become off-limits to fishing and other “consumptive” recreational pastimes and commercial fishing beginning Wednesday.
 

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Arctic and fisheries policies are intersecting in the Bering Sea, the "garden of Alaska," State Senator Lesil McGuire told the North Pacific Fishery Management Council this month, on behalf of the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission.
 

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AUGUSTA, Maine — Demand for Maine oysters is growing, but regulations on the cold-weather storage of the delicacy prevent some aquaculturists from accessing their stock during winter, depressing the supply.
 

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NOAA’s strategic management has received a scathing review in the most recent survey of federal worker satisfaction, and the agency’s overall standing among its employees declined for the fifth consecutive year in which the survey has been conducted.
 

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The act regulating America’s fisheries could see changes under the discussion draft proposed by the House Natural Resources Committee.
 
The Magnuson-Stevens Act, or MSA, was up for reauthorization this year but that process won’t be finalized until 2014.
 

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Good news for local ports and economies arrived last week in the form of a federal budget deal that specifically includes a small pot of additional funds specifically for “small, remote, or subsistence harbors and waterways.”
 

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BOSTON (AP) - A group of state lawmakers led by Senate Republican leader Bruce Tarr is calling for creation of a state program to help promote seafood caught by Massachusetts fishermen.
 

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The process for determining the successful applicants for Saltonstall-Kennedy grant funds is entering the final stages of technical review and administrators hope to begin the flow of money to successful candidates sometime in January, NOAA officials said Tuesday.
 

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Editor’s note: This is the ninth in the Morris Communications series “The case for conserving the Kenai king salmon.”
 
Alaska’s long-lived monarch — the king salmon — has fallen from its throne.
 

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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

Today Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced legislation to extend a permanent exemption for incidental runoff from small commercial fishing boats.

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The National Working Waterfront Network is now accepting abstracts and session proposals for the next National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium, taking place Nov. 16-19 in Tampa, Fla. The deadline is Tax Day, April 15.

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