National Fisherman


A Native Hawaiian proposal that calls for the expansion of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument is picking up steam and this week a delegation from the Obama Administration is meeting with stakeholders to discuss the possibility.

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Rules for Atlantic herring are being proposed by New Hampshire Fish and Game to help sustain the populations.

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New Bedford fishing mogul Carlos A. Rafael has been indicted on 27 criminal counts in U.S. District Court, including conspiracy, falsifying federal records and bulk cash smuggling, according to the federal indictment unsealed Monday.

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A handful of Alaska shellfish companies are participating in a seaweed pilot project which, if successful, could be the start of a new commercial seaweed industry in the state.

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New England fishermen got some good news last week when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced plans to scale back the amount of on-board monitoring required of the commercial fleet. However, there is still work to be done.

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The male American lobster is clawing his way toward hegemony. Scientists say his unusually large crusher claw compared with other species can be irresistible to female lobsters and menacing to less-endowed males.

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With President Obama leaving office in less than a year, environmental groups have urged him to once again use executive authority via the Antiquities Act to declare a new marine national monument, this time in the Atlantic Ocean. Such a proposal, which circumvents all established rules and procedures, is fundamentally undemocratic, and would put a stranglehold on the commercial fishing industry.

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It might not be time yet to rechristen Cape Cod as Cape Pollock, but the humble fish is staking its claim.

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The Oregon pink shrimp fleet has agreed to suspend harvesting operations for about a month. That’s so the shrimp can grow to a more marketable size.

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West Point, Montreal: In 44 years of fishing scallops, Tony Sharpe says he’s never seen anything like it.

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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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