National Fisherman


BOOTHBAY HARBOR — The schooner Ernestina-Morrissey is the state ship of Massachusetts, but for the next three years it will be docked at the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard undergoing a $6 million bow-to-stern retrofit.

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The sardine population along the West Coast has collapsed due to changing ocean conditions and other factors, including allegations of overfishing, prompting regulators Monday to cancel fishing next season and schedule a vote this week on an immediate emergency ban.

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It's a typical morning in the West Melbourne offices of Roffs Ocean Forecasting (www.roffs.com), and Mitch Roffer, Ph.D., is fresh out of his kayak from exploring the waters near his coastal home just north of Sebastian Inlet.

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I have been anxious to go out.

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Coast Guard crews and good Samaritans responded to a mayday call and aided the crew of a sinking 32-foot fishing vessel 20 miles south west of Yaquina Bay, Wednesday, April 8.

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ATHENS, AL — A bill that would allow commercial fishermen to use nets on the Tennessee River has passed the Alabama House of Representatives.

The Senate has to pass the bill for it to become a law.

Some are concerned it would threaten the booming bass population, and have a negative impact on recreational fishing.

This bill originally allowed commercial fishermen to catch bass in nets.

The version that just passed through the House has an amendment that prohibits them catching bass, but there are still some concerns with opponents of the bill.

The use of nets on the Tennessee River's Alabama territory was banned in 1975, but the ban has been enforced more in the past few years.

Recreational anglers say they've seen a resurgence of bass in the river in that time. They organize hundreds of bass tournaments a year.

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The boat's journey likely began four years ago, across the Pacific, in the wake of devastation. A big piece of the vessel is believed to have broken off in a tsunami and traveled thousands of miles from Japan before it arrived off the central coast of Oregon.

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Pacific coast sardines are facing a population collapse so severe that Oregon's multimillion-dollar sardine industry almost certainly will be shut down this summer.

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Ty Hibbs and his fishing buddy Chas Champagne found a school of redfish last winter that would get pushed into a particular area after every cold front, and given how epically bone-chilling that season was, the fish were there a whole lot more than they weren't.

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How do you keep a whale from grabbing the fish off your lines?

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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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