National Fisherman


On Friday, Dr. Robert E. Hueter, Director of Mote Marine Laboratory’s Center for Shark Research, wrote to Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) in “strong opposition” to S. 3095, The Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act.

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In the midst of a bait shortage, Maine has closed down the fishery for lobstermen’s second-favorite type of bait after fishermen exceeded the state’s quota on pogies for the first time.

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With fish counts remaining extremely low, it’s looking less likely that local commercial and tribal fishermen will get a chance to catch Fraser River sockeye salmon this summer.

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Commercial fishermen expected to see a large harvest this year, based on forecasts, but it doesn’t looks like those predictions will carry through.

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It’s been five days of fun in Rockland this week. And on Sunday, the Maine Lobster Festival finished up with thousands of visitors crowding the waterfront. Director of the festival Shannon Kinney talked about how much has changed in the 69 years of the celebration.

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For a long time, I was almost excited at the prospect of a warming climate in the Gulf of Maine, where I grew up and live today. The gulf is warming faster than 99 percent of the global ocean: More of the warmer water contained in the Gulf Stream is depositing into the Gulf of Maine as the stream shifts northward, and less of the colder water from the Arctic and Labrador streams.

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A plan to try to save southern New England's fading lobster population will come up for review as soon as fall.

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The commercial season for Atlantic bluefish in New York State will remain open after it appeared the season would end about three months earlier than usual. Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) announced Thursday that the bluefish fishery will remain open.

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Shortly after dawn, Tom Best prodded his rusting boat past the copper-colored cliffs of the continent’s most eastern point, until it was idling over the deep, frigid waters that were once home to the world’s most bountiful fishing grounds.

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As the hard-hit West Coast crab industry waits for federal financial relief that may never come, California lawmakers and regulators plan to meet next week to determine whether they’ll manage the fishery differently next season.

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Inside the Industry

SeaWeb and Diversified Communications are accepting proposals to present at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit up until Friday, September 30.

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Governor Bill Walker has officially requested that the federal government declare a disaster for four Alaska regions hurt by one of the poorest pink salmon returns in decades.

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