National Fisherman


Lake Pontchartrain is crawling with crabs again, and it has the January opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway to thank, according to a crab distributor whose factory is located on the lake's north shore.

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Commercial sockeye fishing in upper Cook Inlet will be decided on a day-by-day basis from here until the end of the season.

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On Friday, Dr. Robert E. Hueter, Director of Mote Marine Laboratory’s Center for Shark Research, wrote to Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) in “strong opposition” to S. 3095, The Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act.

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In the midst of a bait shortage, Maine has closed down the fishery for lobstermen’s second-favorite type of bait after fishermen exceeded the state’s quota on pogies for the first time.

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With fish counts remaining extremely low, it’s looking less likely that local commercial and tribal fishermen will get a chance to catch Fraser River sockeye salmon this summer.

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Commercial fishermen expected to see a large harvest this year, based on forecasts, but it doesn’t looks like those predictions will carry through.

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It’s been five days of fun in Rockland this week. And on Sunday, the Maine Lobster Festival finished up with thousands of visitors crowding the waterfront. Director of the festival Shannon Kinney talked about how much has changed in the 69 years of the celebration.

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For a long time, I was almost excited at the prospect of a warming climate in the Gulf of Maine, where I grew up and live today. The gulf is warming faster than 99 percent of the global ocean: More of the warmer water contained in the Gulf Stream is depositing into the Gulf of Maine as the stream shifts northward, and less of the colder water from the Arctic and Labrador streams.

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A plan to try to save southern New England's fading lobster population will come up for review as soon as fall.

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The commercial season for Atlantic bluefish in New York State will remain open after it appeared the season would end about three months earlier than usual. Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) announced Thursday that the bluefish fishery will remain open.

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Inside the Industry

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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Vigor will debut an affordable 142-foot freezer longliner designed specifically for North Pacific fishing at the 2016 Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle.

 

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