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LITTLE RIVER, SC (WBTW) - Monday, local fisherman voiced their concerns over The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council's proposed expansion on prohibited federal fishing zones off the South Carolina coast.

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Five years after the BP oil spill, the National Contingency Plan used by federal agencies to respond to major environmental threats still needs to be revamped to adjust to the lessons from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster, said Jane Lubchenco, a marine biologist who ran the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration during the spill.

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Maine fishmonger Glen Libby made a disheartening discovery at Easter Sunday brunch – the cold-water shrimp on the menu at a restaurant up the street from his fish market were from Canada, not New England.

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Reflecting optimism about this year's abundance of chinook salmon, fishing industry regulators on Wednesday approved the longest commercial season in more than a decade. But the state's record drought has darkened the long-term outlook for one of California's most valuable fish.

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LA 624 runs for a few miles east of Yscloskey in southeastern St. Bernard Parish, passing Bakers Ditch and the Hopedale Canal before ending nearly where a rock barrier now closes the old Mississippi River Gulf Outlet.

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Five years ago, BP's out-of-control oil well deep in the Gulf of Mexico exploded. Eleven workers were killed on the Deepwater Horizon rig. But it was more than a deadly accident — the blast unleashed the nation's worst offshore environmental catastrophe.

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Crew members and dock workers interested in determining their eligibility for a slice of $3 million in federal fishing disaster funds can have their questions answered at today's workshop at the Division of Marine Fisheries' Annisquam Station office on Emerson Avenue.

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MONTEREY, Calif. (KGO) -- Conservationists and fishermen up and down the West Coast are increasingly at odds over the disappearing sardine. The sardine fishing season has been stopped for the next 14 months. In Monterey's famous Cannery Row, the sardine industry collapsed 70 years ago. And now, history may be repeating itself.

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Maine marine officials for the first time have permanently revoked a commercial fisherman's licenses.

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In 2013, pink salmon returns in Southeast Alaska broke records, leading commercial fishermen to catch more than 100 million salmon from all five species for the first time ever in the region. Biologists don't expect this year to be quite as stellar, but pinks, which tend to run in odd year cycles, are expected to carry the year for commercial fishermen once again.

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Inside the Industry

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced last week the sixth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to foster innovations that support sustainable fisheries in the United States. 

The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen and fishing communities while simultaneously rebuilding fish stocks.

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Alaskan Leader Fisheries will give Inmarsat’s new high-speed broadband maritime communications service, Fleet Xpress, a try on the 150-foot longline cod catcher/processor Alaskan Leader.

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