National Fisherman


After laws aimed at maintaining a sustainable crabbing fishery in California went into effect last year, local fishermen remain mixed on how they’ll be impacted with the start of this year’s sport season last Saturday and commercial crabbers gearing up to begin Nov. 15.
 

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GAINESVILLE - The U.S. Supreme Court will hear Florida's lawsuit seeking to limit the amount of water its neighbor Georgia can take from a shared river system.
 

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - Tougher laws to protect sea turtles could be hurting local fishermen. 
 

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In April 2013, John Bullard, NOAA’s chief northeast regional administrator, first imposed draconian cuts of up to 78 percent in fishermen’s allowable landings of cod and other groundfish species. And at the time, he called it the fishing industry’s and fishing communities’ “day of reckoning” over stock declines.

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NASSAU, Bahamas -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States is expected to deliver a ruling on Monday on a petition by the environmental non-governmental organization (NGO) WildEarth Guardians for queen conch to be declared a “threatened” or “endangered” species under the US Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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The Atlantic Salmon has for centuries been named the "king of fish" for its power and grace. But now it is much more: A symbol of all that is wild and beautiful to millions of people.

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries have announced commercial king mackerel season will close at noon Nov. 7.

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The Coast Guard on Sunday called off the search for two fishermen who were on a boat that sank Saturday near Matinicus Island off the coast of Rockland.
 

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Responding to growing concerns about declining striped bass populations, fishery managers this week voted to slash Bay striped bass harvests next year by 20.5 percent and the East Coast catch by 25 percent.

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While the port of Portland has finally pulled even with Gloucester, Massachusetts, in fish landings, it could be a hollow victory as federal regulators prepare to impose a new set of restrictions that will likely batter the groundfishing fleets in both ports.

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Inside the Industry

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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