National Fisherman


Oceana, the ocean conservationist that labeled the Northeast multispecies groundfish fishery as one of the nation’s nine most wasteful fisheries, is pushing for reform of gillnet practices in the Northeast region.
 

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California's rugged North Coast lays claim to one of the state's most valuable commercial fisheries: Dungeness crab. Millions of pounds of this meaty delicacy are pulled in each year from Morro Bay to the California-Oregon border, making for an industry valued at $32 million to $95 million per year.
 

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The Coast Guard is searching for two Jacksonville men after their shrimping vessel capsized near Louisiana Tuesday.
 

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Thousands of fall chinook salmon are swimming up the Columbia River every day right now. This year’s migration is expected to be one of the largest in recent years. Researchers aren’t sure exactly why fall chinook have made such a big comeback.

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SWAN'S ISLAND – At age 31, with 15 years of lobster fishing experience under his belt, Zeke Freelove is betting he won't be able to get a lobster fishing license until he's 50.

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WASHOUGAL — It’s known as the “salmon cannon,” but Vincent Bryan III has another way of describing the latest technology being used to move migratory fish in Washington.

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Sen. Mark Begich says the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act will not be moving forward without Alaska’s input.

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Grace the gliding robotic fish is getting a few new bells and whistles. And a new mission.

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APALACHICOLA, Fla. (AP) — Seafood workers and oyster harvesters say they are worried about the future of Apalachicola Bay.
 

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DARTMOUTH — UMass Dartmouth professor Pingguo He has been awarded a federal grant to help develop a low-impact trawling technology that will help fishermen target specific fish.
 

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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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