National Fisherman


"Halibut is the fish for people who don't like to eat fish."
 
Clem Tillion told me that. It's true.
 

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CAMBRIDGE, Md. - Steve Vilnit didn’t expect to become Internet famous for a picture he took one sunny day back in November.
 

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I love this idea that gets floated by political decision makers, that the fishing industry in this province is in transition.
 
Well, of course it is. But from what to what?
 

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NEW BEDFORD — Approximately 130 groundfishing permit holders are expected to qualify for disaster aid announced Wednesday, splitting up $3.8 million among them with different, catch-based rates. That's only one group of potential recipients of an $8.3 million round of disaster money destined for the Massachusetts industry.

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Federal regulators are deciding the scope of a management plan for thousands of square miles of fishing grounds off New England that has deeply divided fishermen and conservationists.

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A big snow crab harvest kept Bering Sea fishermen hard at work through the holidays. Now, it’s overshadowing the start of a major groundfish season, too.

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Few fish have to swim through more red tape than the Pacific halibut.

Halibut has been governed by two regulatory bodies for more than 40 years, and 2015 will hopefully see an increase in mutual understanding between the two, as well as a welcome public display of cooperation.

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KOROR CITY, Palau — In the early days of his dive shop, cradled by an ocean flush with giant clams, Sam Scott and his crew became known for agitating against Chinese vessels and their hauls of shark fins.

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2015 is going to be a much tougher year than expected in the seafood industry. This was brought home this morning by headlines about economic turmoil in Europe. 

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Massachusetts' two U.S. senators didn't waste much time in the New Year before demanding answers from NOAA on the unscheduled stock assessment last summer that led to the effective shuttering of cod fishing in the Gulf of Maine and other fishery management issues.
 

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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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