National Fisherman


The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council (WPRFMC) acknowledges that the President’s amended Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM) expansion plan reduces the economic toll the original plan would have taken on sustainable US Pacific Island fisheries. The announcement of the final plan comes after months of the WPRFMC expressing serious concern for a sudden, unilateral proposal from the White House to expand the monument.

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More than 50 acres of residential and tourist areas in San Francisco have been contaminated by toxic chemicals from former PG&E refineries that operated along the northern waterfront more than a century ago, a federal complaint alleges.

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The 26th Annual Fishermen's Fall Festival will be welcoming the North Pacific fishing fleet home Saturday, October 4. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. the public is invited to Fishermen’s Terminal to taste this year’s harvest, welcome home the fishers and honor the men and women who have lost their lives at sea.

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A federal judge has dismissed a mining company’s lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) potential limitations to the Pebble Mine in Alaska.
 

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The full New England Fishery Management Council will consider emergency measures for managing Gulf of Maine cod when it meets this week for the first time since the release of the unscheduled and dire stock assessment that showed the state of the species worsening rather than improving.
 

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When 21 million sockeye salmon return just five years after stocks crashed below two million, it’s hard to complain.
 

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NEW BEDFORD — Healthy Atlantic surf clam populations in the North Atlantic have brought about a lifting of minimum size requirements for the 2015 year, NOAA Fisheries announced Monday.
 

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BETHEL -- Biologists who study Kuskokwim River salmon and key people who rely on the fish are immersing themselves in science and policy in advance of the state’s planned 2016 adoption of new escapement -- or spawning -- goals for kings in the river.
 

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PORTLAND, Maine — The stability of the dogfish population off the coast of New England is not in jeopardy despite a recent survey that found less of the fish off of Maine and New Hampshire than in previous years.

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There is fresh news out of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration regarding the status of Gulf of Maine cod, and the outlook isn’t good. Atlantic cod, the mainstay of New England fisheries for more than 400 years, is now at 3 percent to 4 percent of its target levels.

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Inside the Industry

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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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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