National Fisherman


Recreational fishermen prize large trophy fish. Commercial fishing gear targets big fish. After all, larger fish feed the egos of humans as well as their bellies. A new compilation of research from around the world now shows that big, old, fat, fertile, female fish -- known as BOFFFFs to scientists -- are essential for ensuring that fishery stocks remain sustainable.

"Information on many different kinds of freshwater and marine fish tell the same story," says lead author Dr. Mark Hixon of the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. "The loss of big fish decreases the productivity and stability of fishery stocks." This loss, known as "size and age truncation," typically occurs in all fisheries.

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The Russian government has rejected the proposal of some local anaslysts and top officials to introduce duties on the exports of fish to abroad.

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PANAMA CITY — Fishery managers are slated to vote on a proposal Thursday that would restructure the way recreational red snapper is managed in the Gulf of Mexico.

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MANCHESTER — Cafeteria lunches, to some, have never looked so good.
 

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Living in Seattle, we have a tendency to take great seafood for granted; we know that come spring, our halibut will have a soft landing in herbed butter. It’s a given that we can drive to Fishermen’s Terminal and buy freshly-caught salmon just feet from where the boat docks.
 
 

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ANCHORAGE (CN) - An Alaskan group that claims a copper mine there will create 15,000 jobs and produce $64 billion worth of minerals sued the Environmental Protection Agency, claiming it held secret meetings with mine opponents and is withholding documents about it.
 

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NANTUCKET, Mass. – Federal officials say the first shellfish aquaculture project permitted in federal waters off the East Coast is likely to begin in the spring off Nantucket.
 

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A key federal panel will provide recommendations to fishery regulators soon about Maine’s elver quota for next year.
 

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Just 10% of Maine's lobster fishermen, selected randomly each year, are required to report landings and other data to the Department of Marine Resources.

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HONOLULU, Hi. -- The public is invited to attend the Fishers Forum on Hawai'i yellowfin tuna and North Pacific striped marlin and view a sneak preview of 'Ahi--The Yellowfin Tuna.'

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Inside the Industry

The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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