National Fisherman


After a decade of crashing catch limits, 2015 offers a glimmer of hope for halibut fishermen, with raised harvest levels and regulatory collaboration for new methods and practices.

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NEW ORLEANS — A fish oil company with ties to a former Republican president enlisted the help of Louisiana's GOP governor to get its oil spill claim paid four years ago, and now BP is arguing in federal court that the independent settlement claims administrator should lose his job because of it.

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ANCHORAGE - Three U.S. senators, including both of Alaska's, are pushing to gut the application of an Environmental Protection Agency discharge regulation to small fishing boats they say could punish cleaning up fish guts.

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Maggie Raymond of the Associated Fisheries of Maine said she was "flabbergasted" last week when NOAA regional Administrator John Bullard essentially dismissed any requests to scale back or otherwise revise the emergency interim measures that have brought new area closures and further tightened the noose around the commercial fishing industry.

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It's been nearly five years since BP slimed the Gulf Coast, taking the lives of 11 men, wrecking livelihoods and killing tens of thousands of helpless coastal birds. Finally, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier is heading into the final stretch, deciding how much the third-largest oil company in the world will have to pay in pollution fines for the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

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As the sun set over Redding, 204,000 endangered winter-run juvenile Chinook salmon jumped into the water off of Caldwell Park, to start their migration from the Sacramento River to the Pacific Ocean.

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BRUNSWICK — Regional development nonprofit CEI has released an online tool aimed at helping retailers, wholesalers and consumers source Maine seafood.

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FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. — A local shrimping crew is safe in port after a U.S. Coast Guard rescue in stormy waters on Wednesday afternoon.

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NEWTON CENTRE — On the day following the big snowstorm last week, Jared Auerbach, founder and owner of Red's Best, a Boston-based seafood distributor, wasn't intimidated by the snow piles to keep a date at Johnny's Luncheonette.

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Menhaden may or may not be the most important fish in the sea, but the oily little fish is again generating a pretty big debate about how many of them can be caught along the Atlantic coast and still leave enough behind for other fish and wildlife to eat.

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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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