National Fisherman


On Friday, two men with a fondness for Maryland's Tilghman Island will gather for a hearing in a wood-paneled federal courtroom in downtown Baltimore.

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Commercial fishermen in Connecticut say this is the worst winter for the state's shellfish industry in at least 35 years.

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COLUMBIA RIVER — Another record return of fall chinook salmon is likely on its way, according to preliminary estimates released Feb. 13.

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WASHINGTON — A narrowly divided Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with a Florida fisherman, throwing out his conviction for tossing evidence — undersize grouper — back into the Gulf of Mexico under a federal law aimed mostly at white-collar crime.
 

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Many of the players and stakeholders in Southeast Alaska’s salmon and herring fisheries laid out their positions Tuesday morning (2-24-15), as the Alaska Board of Fisheries opened its spring meeting to public testimony.
 

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SHASTA LAKE, California — Thigh-deep inside a holding tank, wearing his U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform and waders, Beau Hopkins had to bend over to scoop each netful of squiggling baby salmon. One tank held 40,000 babies. By midafternoon Hopkins had been at it for two and a half hours: three tanks emptied, one more to go.
 

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Gov. Bill Walker’s shakeup of the Alaska Board of Fisheries is off to a rough start.
 
Yesterday, live lobster boat prices reached $8 per pound traders told Urner Barry. These higher dock prices were reflected in yesterday's wholesale market, which climbed $1.00 per pound from last week's price for live half-pound Selects in New England. Since the start of the month Live Lobster prices are up nearly 30 percent.  These are high historical prices for February. 
 

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The three-member commission that oversees Alaska’s lucrative limited-entry commercial fisheries is urging lawmakers not to pursue proposals for elimination for at least another year. 
 
FRIENDSHIP (WGME) -- Frozen waters are keeping some lobstermen on mainland in the midcoast.
 

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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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