National Fisherman

AUGUSTA — Lawmakers moved closer Wednesday to approving a bill designed to help Maine groundfishermen increase their catch in federal waters.

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AUGUSTA – Lobstermen are lobbying against a proposed law that would eliminate potential penalties for Maine-based groundfishing boats that catch lobsters in federally regulated waters.

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TRENTON – Acting to protect New Jersey fishermen, the Senate yesterday approved and sent to Governor Christie legislation sponsored by Senator Van Drew that will strengthen licensing requirements for fishing menhaden – a popular baitfish that is used to catch striped bass and other fish locally, but also has been fished off New Jersey's coast by out-of-state boats for commercial use.

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The slow-arriving warm weather appears to have the Copper River salmon a bit confused.

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GREENBANK, Wash. — A 97-foot commercial fishing boat ran aground Tuesday morning near Bush Point on the west side of Whidbey Island.

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Turning the May 6 Dare Board of Commissioners meeting over to Vice Chairman Richard Johnson, Board Chairman Warren Judge, Commissioner Bob Woodard and County Manager Bobby Outten left the meeting early to attend the "public forum" scheduled for that afternoon at the Legislative Office Building in Raleigh. The topic being addressed in the forum was House Bill 983, the 2013 Fisheries Economic Development Act or "Game Fish Bill."

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LEWES — A new alternative bait product that will help reduce the number of horseshoe crabs harvested from the Delaware Bay was introduced late last month.

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Florida officials should use "every arrow in their quiver" to restore the flow of fresh water to the sapped Apalachicola River and Bay, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Monday - including firing up another lawsuit in the state's water war with Georgia.

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The four-day work furloughs that had been in the immediate future for the 200 employees at the Northeast regional offices of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Gloucester -- along with those of the other 12,300 NOAA employees nationwide — have been canceled.

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AUGUSTA, Maine — Despite highly visible defeats for Maine groundfishermen who have tried to overturn a state law that prohibits them from possessing lobsters, there may be hope yet for easing the restriction.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 10/7/14

In this episode, National Fisherman Publisher Jerry Fraser talks about the 1929 dragger Vandal.

National Fisherman Live: 9/23/14

In this episode:

'Injection' plan to save fall run salmon
Proposed fishing rule to protect seabirds
Council, White House talk monument expansion
Louisiana shrimpers hurt by price drop
Maine and New Hampshire fish numbers down

 

Inside the Industry

NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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The Golden Gate Salmon Association will host its 4th Annual Marin County Dinner at Marin Catholic High School, 675 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Kentfield on Friday, Oct 10, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.

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