National Fisherman


Alaska seafood marketers are facing some strong headwinds heading into 2015, notably, for sockeye salmon and crab.

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Commercial fishing fleets operating around the world are now doing so under the watchful gaze of environmentalists who are concerned with overfishing and other violations that have long been going on unnoticed far out to sea.
 

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For this week's feature story, Shell-Shocked, photographer Bert Johnson followed the path of the Bay Area's favorite crustacean from the rough sea near Half Moon Bay, to working docks along San Francisco's Embarcadero, and finally to the kitchen of Camino, in Oakland's Grand Lake district. 

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Citing 2014 as a landmark year for the Gulf Seafood Institute (GSI), the organization’s Executive Director Margaret Henderson touted the year as a time for tremendous growth and groundbreaking successes in the organization’s recently published first annual report.
 
No one, least of all the organizers, believes Friday afternoon’s public meeting on the state of the commercial fishing industry at City Hall will cure all that ails Gloucester’s signature industry.
 
This weekend I was flipping through the channels and there was a show called “Building Alaska.” It's on the DIY Network, which I had no idea was part of my cable package -- or even existed. I write a column about this unpopular topic, and I didn’t know about it!? Clearly the DYI Network doesn’t have the press machine of the Discovery Channel/Animal Planet.
 

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JUNEAU, Alaska — Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. has raised about $13 million from the sale of shares to help fund operations and an ongoing legal fight in support of the proposed Pebble Mine.
 

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As trades go, this isn’t exactly guns for hostages or Heathcliff Slocumb for Jason Varitek and Derek Lowe. Still it’s pretty interesting.
 
A thick coat of fog settled over the surface of the ocean. It was a picturesque morning in late December at Pillar Point Harbor, just north of Half Moon Bay, and seagulls were perched in a row on the rooftop of the harbormaster's office.
 

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A good Samaritan found Stock Island fisherman Dennis Dallmeyer's boat Monday night washed up on a shallow sandbar off Miami, and federal agents were sent there Tuesday to investigate, federal officials said.
 

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Inside the Industry

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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