National Fisherman


As Yukon salmon continue their summer runs, subsistence fishermen continue to express frustration about gear restrictions, closures, and — now — potentially infected fish.

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Maine’s lobster industry is gearing up for another big year as the state’s 4,500 commercial fishermen wait for lobsters to migrate to the coast and shed the hard shells they’ve been carrying all winter.

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WEST OCEAN CITY, MD. >> The morning sun glistened off the barrels stacked with mahi mahi and tuna, turning their tails iridescent yellow.

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An improving Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab population isn't being overfished, but growth targets still need to be met in the coming years, according to a report released Wednesday.

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On the opening day of fishing for Kenai River late run king salmon Wednesday, Alaska Department of Fish and Game managers announced restrictions for the commercial setnet fishery that operates on the east side of Cook Inlet.

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Galveston Bay has been a hub for shrimpers, fishermen and oyster harvesters for decades. The area accounts for an estimated income of $1 billion per year, which is one-third of the state’s commercial fishing revenue.

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DARIEN, Conn. — Roger Frate of Darien has a simple answer to improving the stock of lobster in Long Island Sound.

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The bully pulpit for the commercial fishing industry was a crowded place on Wednesday, when past and present Massachusetts attorneys general made their way to Gloucester to meet with one of their most fervent and beleaguered constituencies.

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To the surprise of pretty much everybody paying attention to the 138-square-mile closure of all fishing grounds in and around the May 19 Refugio Oil Spill site, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife reopened the closed region on Monday afternoon.

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With the exception of the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds, the 2015 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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Inside the Industry

Governor Bill Walker has officially requested that the federal government declare a disaster for four Alaska regions hurt by one of the poorest pink salmon returns in decades.

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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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