National Fisherman


WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bipartisan bill introduced April 30 would permanently extend a 17-year fishery management agreement for the West Coast’s valuable Dungeness crab fishery.

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BP has won the right to appeal certain damage payments awarded to businesses and people under the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill settlement, Reuters reports.

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Federal prosecutors say a Texas shrimping company has pleaded guilty to relabeling 35,000 pounds of hard-to-sell Mexican shrimp as wild-caught American crustaceans.

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How much are fishermen affected by long term health problems like hearing loss, lack of sleep and high blood pressure? A pilot study aims to find out and researchers are using the 500-plus members of the Copper River salmon driftnet fleet as test subjects.

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According to the annual NOAA Status of U.S. Fish Stocks report released last month, offshore fish stocks that are either experiencing overfishing (the annual rate of catch is too high) or are overfished (the population size is too small) are at all-time lows.

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The National Park Service says a fishing vessel abandoned after a fire last month has run aground at Katmai National Park.

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SEABROOK – A committee to examine a buyback program for the fishing industry could be organized as soon as this year, a federal official said, as fishermen prepare for one of their toughest seasons ever.

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The US Forest Service says the most valuable product on the Tongass National Forest is now salmon.

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He drove a super-sized pickup truck with "EEL WGN" plates, carried a bank bag stacked with cash and, as long as you had a bucket full of elvers, William "Billy" Sheldon didn't care where they came from, according to documents unsealed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland.

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Are salmon sharks factor in king salmon decline?

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Inside the Industry

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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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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