National Fisherman


The U.S. Coast Guard called off a search for four fishermen who abandoned their vessel after it caught fire and sank Monday afternoon off the coast.

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A ruptured pipeline near Santa Barbara leaked an estimated 21,000 gallons of crude oil Tuesday, some of which flowed into the ocean and left a thick coat of black tar along the county’s pristine shores, authorities said.

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WASHINGTON (Saving Seafood) – May 18, 2015 – On Saturday, May 16, a diverse group of 20 businesses, 51 organizations, and 80 individuals representing fishermen and fishing communities from the East, West, and Gulf Coasts jointly signed a letter delivered to Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT), the Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, supporting HR 1335, the “Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act,” which would reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The supporters of the reauthorization, which was authored by Alaska Congressman Don Young (R-AK), state that it will maintain the successful aspects of fisheries management under Magnuson-Stevens, while providing much-needed flexibility and economic relief to hard-working fishing communities.

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Louisiana fishermen reported good catches but low prices on the opening day of the spring shrimp season.

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Two southern Ocean County seafood restaurants are involved in what some might call a pearl of an idea — to use their recycled oyster shells to restore a reef habitat in Barnegat Bay.

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Federal regulators urged the 9th Circuit to throw out an appeal from a company whose pebble-mining project in Alaska it blocked.

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Searchers from multiple agencies are continuing their hunt for a 37-foot fishing vessel that was reported to be taking on water Monday night about 11 miles east of St. Augustine, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

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WASHINGTON — A decade-old oil leak from where an offshore platform toppled during a hurricane could continue spilling crude into the Gulf of Mexico for a century or more if left unchecked, according to government estimates obtained by The Associated Press that provide new details about the scope of the problem.

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Over 100 commercial fishing vessels turned out today to raise awareness and speak out against the U.S. Navy's upcoming trainings in the Gulf of Alaska. Vessels paraded from Cordova's harbor to the local fuel dock where they rafted up in a peaceful protest against the Navy's "war games."

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OAK HILL – George Sweetman must follow the crabs.

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Inside the Industry

The Obama Administration recently announced that it is looking for candidates to be considered for a sustainable fishing prize.

The White House Champion for Change for Sustainable Seafood designation will honor individuals for “contributing to the ongoing recovery of America’s fishing industry and our fishing communities.”

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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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