National Fisherman


A lobsterman from Sedgwick, Maine, says that an ongoing war with fellow fisherman has made it's way to land.

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José Salvador Alvarenga’s story captivated the world nearly two years ago, when the Salvadoran-born fisherman was rescued in the South Pacific having spent 14 months adrift in a small fishing boat.

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For much of the last decade, the MV Shearwater caught menhaden by the ton, but in its new life, as part of the Del-Jersey-Land reef 26 miles off the coast, it will become a fish habitat and diving destination in the state's artificial reef program.

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If the realms of science and art seems worlds away from each other, you'd be gravely mistaken. After all, when you're studying the science behind the world around us, how can you not feel inspired by its sublime beauty? That's why it should come as no surprise to learn that some of society's most creative and passionate artists also happen to possess brilliant scientific minds.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- A small amount of Maine shrimp will be available to consumers this winter despite fishing managers' decision to keep the fishery shuttered.

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AUGUSTA, Maine — Interstate regulators will hold hearings for fishermen throughout New England about a plan to amend some of the rules for Atlantic herring fishing.

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The North Pacific Fishery Management Council raised pollock quota for 2016, but only by half the requested amount, locked in by the two million metric ton cap for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands groundfish fishery.

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ELLSWORTH — Scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have released a new study documenting how much damage entanglements in fishing gear does to North Atlantic right whales — one of the most endangered of all the large whale species. Their migratory routes take them through some of the busiest commercial fishing areas along the East Coast of the United States — including the Gulf of Maine — and into Canadian waters.

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GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The story is as chilling as it is all too familiar here in America’s oldest fishing village, where for centuries fishermen, in pursuit of the ocean’s bounty, have fallen prey to nature’s full force and elements that inexorably overwhelm all that is human.

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The world's largest canned-tuna maker, Thai Union Group Plc, said on Monday any migrant labour abuse in the seafood industry was unacceptable.

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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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