National Fisherman


In another legal maneuver to keep the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. open, businesses that support the operation filed an appeal Monday of a ruling that went against them earlier this month.
 

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The lobster industry in the Maritimes faces a new competitive threat from south of the border.
 

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Dan Nichols was hauling in a gillnet laden with the fruits of a late-season Alaskan salmon run when something heavy flopped out of it, then slid to the front of his boat. "I knew what the tail was," he says. Surprised, the mustachioed fishing veteran stopped picking salmon from his net and approached the itinerant sea creature. "I had to stop what I was doing."
 

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WASHINGTON – How many fish in the sea?

No one really knows, but which ones are counted and how often they’re examined depends on where you live, a new study by Congress’ watchdog concludes.

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Cermaq, a Norwegian state-controlled salmon producer, has agreed to be acquired by the Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan for $1.39 billion.

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ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — With milder winters sparking a surge in deer ticks, park rangers now duct-tape their ankles while combing the wilds of Acadia, where native flowers are disappearing at alarming rates and invasive species are thriving.

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NEW BEDFORD — This year's scallop catch is expected to come in lower than in previous thanks to the tightening of catch limits, local industry leaders say.

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An Estuarine Gillnet Permit is now required for those who set anchored large-mesh or small-mesh gillnets in internal coastal waters for either commercial or recreational purposes.

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Government authorities and shipping industry insiders are increasingly concerned that maritime piracy will rise globally as huge, commercial fishing firms—especially the ones that operate illegally—drive fishermen from poor countries out of business.

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CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — It's like Florida's version of The Blob. Slow moving glops of toxic algae in the northeast Gulf of Mexico are killing sea turtles, sharks and fish, and threatening the waters and beaches that fuel the region's economy.

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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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