National Fisherman

MASHPEE — The Massachusetts Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of a Mashpee oyster farmer whose proposed Popponesset Bay oyster farm has been continually challenged by neighboring homeowners.

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The test of any water policy is not if it works in the wet times but if it protects widely shared public values in the dry times.

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A three-month investigation by Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division into illegal crabbing activity conducted by a Garibaldi-based fishing vessel led to the recovery of over 150 illegal crab pots, some of which may be stolen, and pending charges for two men. The investigation is continuing and OSP is planning a public viewing June 9 of seized crab gear with markings not associated with the fishing vessel named Valkyrie.

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A business that serves commercial fishermen has built-in challenges, among them weather, changing fish populations and federal regulations that substantially impact planning and development. To survive and thrive, a marine design and supply business has to be nimble, innovative and just plain determined.

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A passing farmer out tending his sheep helped spark a major search and rescue operation after a fisherman became stranded when his boat capsized off the coast of Donegal.

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It's not native to Connecticut, but it's certainly settled in nicely along the shoreline.

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Last week we took you down South and spoke to the Chairman of the Louisiana Task Force who warned: the state's coastal restoration plan will kill thousands of acres of oysters. Tonight we take you to Baton Rouge where the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority is explaining their plans. WGNO News Anchor Vanessa Bolano has the follow-up.

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Trollers in Southeast Alaska provide fresh king salmon nearly year round, but the runs of reds and kings to the Copper River mark the "official start" of Alaska's salmon season.

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The governmental and financial package hailed Friday as giving Gloucester's Cape Pond Ice a new lease on life is not only a welcome and deserved lift for a business that's had to deal with the real-world effects of over-regulation on several fronts.

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LONG BEACH, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources will hold a public meeting Thursday on how the state should spend $10.9 million it received for damage to oyster and blue crab fisheries.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

The National Marine Educators Association has partnered with NOAA this year to offer all NMEA 2015 conference attendees an educational session on how free NOAA data can add functionality to navigation systems and maritime apps.

Session topics include nautical charts, tides and currents, seafloor data, buoy networking and weather, among others.

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NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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