National Fisherman


PLYMOUTH – Half-submerged in the ocean east of Scituate, the canary-yellow glider with swept-back wings looked like little more than someone’s errant model plane. But appearances can be deceiving, especially in this electronic age where more and more sophisticated technology is being loaded into ever smaller and sleeker packages.
 

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

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Why have salmon been pouring back into the Columbia River in record numbers recently while returns to the Washington coast and Puget Sound continue to drop? One big reason is that for the past decade someone in a position of authority has been in charge of protecting and restoring Columbia River salmon.
 

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ANNA MARIA ISLAND -- Beachgoers looking for a Christmas walk on Anna Maria Island a few weeks ago got an unpleasant surprise: thousands of dead, rotting fish littering the 9-mile coastline from top to bottom.
 

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Fresh-caught Maine lobster might be a little more affordable this winter because the continued shutdown of the state’s shrimp season is keeping some lobstermen at sea deeper into the winter than usual.
 

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"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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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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