National Fisherman


JUNEAU — A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday in a case alleging that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency worked with critics of the proposed Pebble mine with a predetermined goal to block the project.

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President Barack Obama’s administration gave an early promise to stop Rep. Don Young’s changes to national fishing laws before the bill has even seen the light of a full House discussion.

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NOAA has announced this is the wettest May on record for Bristol Bay. NOAA Meteorologist Joe Wegman says the weather station in King Salmon has recorded 3.32 inches so far this month.

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Of all the shellfish that sell on the black market, one clam is above the rest -- the geoduck.

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As development at Community Maritime Park has made frequent headlines in the past year, plans to construct an $18 million fish hatchery next door have quietly moved ahead.

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At a recent event organized by Gary Rispone, co-host of the Paradise Louisiana television show, a group of Louisiana outdoor writers interviewed Louisiana's four prominent gubernatorial candidates to get their positions on topics important to anglers and hunters in the Bayou State.

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Since last Tuesday’s oil spill, more than 20,000 gallons of death-dealing crude has sickened or killed pelicans, cormorants, grebes, dolphins, sea lions, elephant seals, bass, guitarfish, spiny lobsters, rock crabs, urchins, octopi, shrimp, mussels, sea hares, sponges, anemones, coral, and whole swaths of smaller sea life along the long-protected and once-pristine Gaviota Coast.

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As season openers loom and fishermen and women across the bay region prepare boats and nets, some of them will tell stories of springs past. Others — more than you might think — are writing poetry.

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PORTLAND, Maine — After eyeing a piece of haddock on the supermarket counter, a customer scans a code and finds out the fish was caught in the waters of Georges Bank and learns the name of the fishing boat — and maybe even sees a picture of the smiling, rain-slickened fisherman who reeled it in. Welcome to the future of buying New England seafood.

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Regarding Kimberley Strassel’s “The Greens’ Back Door at the EPA” (Potomac Watch, May 15): Bristol Bay is a wild and largely undisturbed watershed that is home to the world’s greatest sockeye salmon fishery. It’s an economic powerhouse supporting 14,000 jobs and a subsistence way of life for Bristol Bay’s Alaska Natives for more than 4,000 years.

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Inside the Industry

The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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