National Fisherman


Twenty years ago Wednesday, Florida banned gill-net fishing, one of the most controversial conservation measures in the state's history.

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Maryland on Tuesday launched a campaign to police recreational and commercial crab fishing as the state grapples with a low population of crabs that can be caught in the Chesapeake Bay, authorities said.

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Waters in Bristol Bay are 3.6 to 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit hotter than normal this year.

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City College of New York researchers led by chemist Professor George John have developed an eco-friendly biodegradable green "herding" agent that can be used to clean up light crude oil spills on water.

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The quest for certification under the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has taken an interesting turn for Alaska salmon processors wanting back into the fold. According to recent reports, it seems that the Alaska Salmon Processors Association (ASPA) – an MSC-certificate holder for the region – has decided to withdraw from the binding arbitration process called for by the MSC Board earlier this month.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A congressional committee Thursday opened a probe into an oil pipeline rupture on the Central California coast that spread to the Pacific Ocean and washed up goo on beaches as far as 100 miles away.

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The New England Fishery Management Council made the right move recently, voting to ask the federal government to suspend an at-sea monitoring program required of the groundfish industry, according to long-time fishermen Fred Mattera, who said shifting the cost to fishermen could decimate the industry.

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Agreements have been entered regarding the sale of Alaskan seafood processor Icicle Seafoods, which – barring any unforeseen circumstances – will soon be bisected and divvied out between two companies: Convergence Holdings and Dominion Catchers.

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CLINTON — The sound of labored breathing crackles over the radio aboard the fishing boat Rawdeal on an overcast morning in late May.

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ORONO, Maine — Commercial fishing activity nearly 2,000 miles away is worrying Maine conservationists working to restore Atlantic salmon to the Penobscot River.

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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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