National Fisherman


WASHINGTON – After more than a decade of delays, the government is moving toward allowing the sale of U.S.-raised organic fish and shellfish. But don't expect it in the grocery store anytime soon.

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LITTLE RIVER, SC (WBTW) - Monday, local fisherman voiced their concerns over The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council's proposed expansion on prohibited federal fishing zones off the South Carolina coast.

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Five years after the BP oil spill, the National Contingency Plan used by federal agencies to respond to major environmental threats still needs to be revamped to adjust to the lessons from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster, said Jane Lubchenco, a marine biologist who ran the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration during the spill.

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Maine fishmonger Glen Libby made a disheartening discovery at Easter Sunday brunch – the cold-water shrimp on the menu at a restaurant up the street from his fish market were from Canada, not New England.

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Reflecting optimism about this year's abundance of chinook salmon, fishing industry regulators on Wednesday approved the longest commercial season in more than a decade. But the state's record drought has darkened the long-term outlook for one of California's most valuable fish.

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LA 624 runs for a few miles east of Yscloskey in southeastern St. Bernard Parish, passing Bakers Ditch and the Hopedale Canal before ending nearly where a rock barrier now closes the old Mississippi River Gulf Outlet.

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Five years ago, BP's out-of-control oil well deep in the Gulf of Mexico exploded. Eleven workers were killed on the Deepwater Horizon rig. But it was more than a deadly accident — the blast unleashed the nation's worst offshore environmental catastrophe.

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Crew members and dock workers interested in determining their eligibility for a slice of $3 million in federal fishing disaster funds can have their questions answered at today's workshop at the Division of Marine Fisheries' Annisquam Station office on Emerson Avenue.

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MONTEREY, Calif. (KGO) -- Conservationists and fishermen up and down the West Coast are increasingly at odds over the disappearing sardine. The sardine fishing season has been stopped for the next 14 months. In Monterey's famous Cannery Row, the sardine industry collapsed 70 years ago. And now, history may be repeating itself.

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Maine marine officials for the first time have permanently revoked a commercial fisherman's licenses.

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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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