National Fisherman


The Chesapeake Bay blue crab population is reeling, facing some of the lowest numbers in history. Officials are desperately hoping that steps taken to protect females last year will allow the fishery to rebound from the edge of disaster. But those efforts are also mired in a debate over the best way to protect the crabs.

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TOKYO — The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries says that the export of Japanese agricultural, fishery and food products hit a record high in 2014.

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This week, salmon fishermen from Bristol Bay voiced their concerns about the way their fishing industry has been depicted in the newest of the seemingly never-ending stream of “reality” TV shows.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The U.S. Coast Guard is assisting a disabled 45-foot commercial fishing boat in the Gulf of Mexico 98 miles northwest of Tampa Bay, Florida, Wednesday. The distressed fishing vessel was already in progress of towing another craft when the call for help was received.
 

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An Australian-flagged fishing vessel is stuck in Antarctic ice, with New Zealand authorities dispatching a US Coast Guard icebreaker to rescue it.
 

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WARRENTON — Warning of a potentially substantial disruption, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife has recommended that Oregon LNG perform a thorough analysis of the impact of its proposed terminal on commercial and recreational fishing in the Columbia River.
 
A political tsunami is building in the South Pacific over the growing presence of Chinese fishing boats.
 

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Most people think of the Cortez Commerical Fishing Festival as full day of great live music, activities for kids and adults and, of course, tons of fresh-from-the-boat seafood.
 

A Rhode Island representative has submitted legislation to study the effects of ocean acidification on Rhode Island.

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The idea of reducing the number of spiny lobster traps as a way to ease fishing pressure on the Florida Keys' most lucrative commercial fishery did not go over well at a meeting of state federal fishery managers Monday in Key West.

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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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