National Fisherman

Studies underway in Norton Sound are trying to gauge the impact of development on area crab stocks.

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Louisiana's total seafood catch in 2013 dropped from the year before but higher prices netted considerable more money for commercial fishers, according to preliminary numbers released Wednesday by the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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PORTLAND — A report from NOAA Fisheries Service shows Astoria, Oregon, topped West Coast ports in pounds of fish landed last year.

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(SitNews) - In the 2013 annual report, Fisheries of the United States 2013, released today, NOAA Fisheries announced that U.S. fishermen landed 9.9 billion pounds of fish and shellfish, an increase of 245 million pounds from 2012. Valued at $5.5 billion, these landings represent an increase of $388 million from 2012.
 

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When Washingtonians dig into boiled shrimp with drawn butter at a local restaurant, the odds are nearly 50-50 they won’t be eating the species of shellfish promoted on the menu.
 
Scientists say the Gulf of Maine shouldn’t be fished for northern shrimp for a second straight season because of concerns of warming ocean temperatures.
 

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The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration at the United States Department of Commerce has set final tilefish specifications for the Northeastern United States over the next three years. NMFS announced in the Federal Register of Oct. 29, 2014 that it has set the annual catch and landing limits and quotas for 2015, 2016 and 2017. The limits affect only commercial fisheries. They do not apply to individual recreational fishermen, but they do apply to charter boats that take people on recreational fishing trips. Those that catch tilefish incidentally are not affected either.
 

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HONOLULU (AP) — An Oahu man is pleading guilty to federal charges that he slept while operating a commercial fishing boat.
 

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Officials in Panama have fined the local facility of a US biotechnology company for a series of permitting and regulatory failures around a pioneering attempt to create genetically modified salmon.

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LITTLE EGG HARBOR — Matt Gregg has tried other lines of work away from the water, including a commute to Manhattan for the 9-to-5 office life. But for him, nothing beats farming oysters in Barnegat Bay.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14

In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.

Inside the Industry

NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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