National Fisherman


In a shot across the bow of commercial fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico, state managers announced Friday that they have devised a plan to take over red snapper management and eliminate the commercial quota system that has helped rebuild the once-decimated red snapper stock.
Almost 40 years ago, without regard for the conservation of our fisheries or the needs of the Alaskan people, foreign fishing fleets dominated the waters off Alaska’s shores and took anything and everything in their reach. Ask anyone familiar with the times, deck lights of foreign vessels — dozens if not more — could be seen just miles off the coast of Kodiak and other coastal communities. Recognizing the need for change, countless Alaskan fishermen came to Congress to ask for help in pushing the foreign fleets out.
 

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It is well after dark by the time I make it to Port Townsend. The clock on the dash of my car glows 8:03. Pulling up to the city’s south-side boatyard, no gate or guard station bars my entry into the maze of gleaming sailboats and rugged tugs, all dry-docked, dark, and quiet.
 
Even as Massachusetts pushes to get the second phase of federal disaster funding to eligible Bay State beneficiaries, the fate of the federal buyout or industry buyback plan initially included in the third and final phase of funding could be in jeopardy.
 

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The Surfrider Foundation has turned to data mapping in the quest to help save a U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue helicopter in Newport.
 
The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery will be on two-hour notice starting 10 a.m. Wednesday,  the Alaska Department of Fish & Game announced this Tuesday afternoon.
 
PACIFIC OCEAN — Commercial fishing, always an uncertain business, may become more tenuous on the West Coast due to spreading areas where there isn’t enough oxygen to support important fish species.
 
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Giving back what winter has taken away.
 
Alex DeMetrick reports brutal cold put livelihoods on ice throughout the Chesapeake Bay.
 

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Lawmakers from Maryland and the Obama administration are scrambling to fight a federal court order that has shut down the guest worker program that connects foreigners with crab-picking jobs on the Eastern Shore and other low-paying, seasonal work around the country.
 
A crowd of sun-kissed onlookers clapped, cheered and chanted, "Go! Go! Go!" as the Joyce Lynn II crept back into the ocean after spending the weekend lodged in the sands of Fort Lauderdale beach.
 

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Inside the Industry

Fishermen throughout the Gulf of Mexico are praising Louisiana officials for a series of strong decisions last week that have broken the deadlock of red snapper management in the Gulf of Mexico.

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According to the Portland Press Herald, the Maine Seaweed Festival has been canceled this year due to a rift between the event’s organizers and seaweed harvesters.

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