National Fisherman


OK, we're all Alaskans and we seem to love a good political fight. We really like to fight about fish. So grab the popcorn for the next round. If you're following this, then you've seen half a dozen editorials, letters to the editor and stories over my nomination to the Alaska Board of Fisheries, all written by someone else. Most recently from an out-of-state individual paid to advance one group's vision. With a couple days to go before the Legislature makes a decision, you need to hear from the applicant himself.

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The bluefin tuna is on the rebound a decade after it symbolized the failure of international fisheries management. Some scientists and Maine fishermen say the assessment by federal regulators is overdue.

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CAPE MAY — For a long time, American fishermen really didn't really want to catch squid.

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For the past four years, trawlers on the West Coast have been hauling in vast amounts of pink shrimp, much of it destined for dainty salads and shrimp cocktails across the country. But although these have been boom times for shrimpers, many are uneasy.

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The state, while publicly saying the process has not been finalized, has told Gloucester city officials it is changing how it will identify and distribute the $750,000 in federal fishery disaster aid to shore-side businesses hurt by the current fishing crisis.

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Loopholes for bogus fishing boats and suspicious crustacean traps may be plugged by state fishing regulators Wednesday and Thursday.

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A move by state legislators throughout New England to address ocean acidification is an important first step in what will likely be a long journey toward improving the quality of our waters. By speaking as one, the lawmakers hope that their combined voices will resound all the louder at the federal level and perhaps command more attention and funding before it is too late.

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TRI-TOWNS – Tri-town herring populations seem to be slowly recovering but Mattapoisett selectmen opted to keep the state-imposed moratorium on harvesting the small silvery food and baitfish in effect for at least another year.

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PANAMA CITY BEACH — When officials announced their decision to make the federal recreational red snapper fishing season just 10 days in June 2014, it angered a lot of people, even becoming a campaign position for politicians seeking office.

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Gov. Bill Walker's latest nominee for the Alaska Board of Fisheries faced a barrage of critical questions at a hearing Monday over the depth of his support for sportfishing, even as a decision by the Senate majority caucus threw the whole appointment process into limbo.

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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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