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Two leading Alaska Native tribal organizations on Wednesday petitioned the federal government to dramatically lower the cap on the number of king salmon that Bering Sea commercial fishermen can harvest as bycatch in order to protect the fish.
 

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Federal regulators recommended a host of emergency restrictions to protect the Gulf of Maine's declining cod fishery on Wednesday, including expansions to existing inshore spawning closures.
 

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VALDEZ - A powerful explosion destroyed a commercial  fishing boat in Valdez Wednesday night.
 
According to the Coast Guard it happened around 8:00 p.m. on the fishing boat "Fireman"

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Something odd is happening in Northern Pacific waters: They’re heating up. In fact, it hasn’t been this warm in parts of the Gulf of Alaska for this long since researchers began tracking surface water temperatures in the 1980s, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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SOUTH PORTLAND – A key federal panel is set to make a recommendation about the future of the Gulf of Maine’s declining cod fish stock.

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The late NWIFC chairman Billy Frank Jr. left us all many lessons during his time on this earth. One of the most important was also one of the simplest: “Tell the truth.”

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The South Georgia Patagonian toothfish longline fishery has been certified as a sustainable and well managed fishery for the third time. - See more at: http://www.worldfishing.net/news101/industry-news/toothfish-fishery-recertified#sthash.qzAKpjad.dpuf
The South Georgia Patagonian toothfish longline fishery has been certified as a sustainable and well managed fishery for the third time. - See more at: http://www.worldfishing.net/news101/industry-news/toothfish-fishery-recertified#sthash.qzAKpjad.dpuf

The South Georgia Patagonian toothfish longline fishery has been certified as a sustainable and well managed fishery for the third time.

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St. Jude Farms sits on the South Edisto River portion of the ACE Basin. The two-year-old seafood outfit is one of the first South Carolina companies to test out the sterile triploid oysters, or oysters with three sets of chromosomes.

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Tim Broderick was the captain of the 55-foot fishing dragger Four Kids, and for five seasons he’d go out into Vineyard Sound and pull nets to harvest fluke. But over the years fishing has become harder and not as profitable. This summer he sold the dragger to Stanley Larsen of Menemsha Fish Market. 
 

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How confident are you that the seafood you buy is really what you get?
 

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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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