National Fisherman

President Barack Obama is to travel to Hawaii this week to mark the new designation of the expanded Papahanaumokuakea Marina National Monument which he signed despite strong opposition from the Hawaii fishing industry.

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New research reveals salmon played an important role in the diets of ice-age Alaskans. The information comes from an archaeological dig on the Tanana. Two University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists applied new techniques to uncover clues about the lives of Alaska Natives almost 12,000 years ago.

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It seems a bit odd that some of our neighbors should have to reintroduce themselves. But many new residents in our community don’t seem to know who they are. They are your fishermen. The vast majority of citizens are not recreational or commercial fishermen.

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Scientists with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans are keeping a close eye on cod stocks in southern Labrador, in the wake of reports from harvesters catching fish in rough shape this season.

"What we're catching here now, it's very poor. There's nothing in the puttocks [digestive tract] of the fish," fisherman Warrick Chubbs told CBC's The Broadcast.

"Only little jellyfish, the size of your thumbnail, and not many of them. The very odd one, you'll see maybe one or two rotten shrimp."

Chubbs isn't alone in his concerns.

"It certainly seems like this year in southern Labrador the cod are not in very good condition at all," said DFO research scientist John Brattey, who is hearing multiple similar reports from the region.

"The cod are in poor condition, very thin, and not much yield when they fillet them, so that is a little bit of a concern."

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Gambardella Wholesale Fish on the docks here is all but empty on an early afternoon, eerily quiet save for the rhythmic clack, clack of cardboard boxes being stapled together.

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While much of the media can’t resist the issue-free catnip of the electoral horserace, Trump’s outrages, Hillary’s emails and now an ex-Congressman’s harmless (except to his marriage) de-sexed kink, the best available science tells us the life support system for our planet, the Ocean, is at risk of collapse. Luckily Hillary Clinton has laid out a modest but promising plan. 

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An increasing number of fish kills like the four that occurred in New Jersey this past week are in the state’s future if officials don’t take steps to improve the water quality, environmentalists warned.

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Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) habitat is undergoing a continuous deterioration process, which could lead to a reduction of up to 80 per cent by the end of the century.

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An international fisheries commission began discussing details of fishing restrictions for bluefin tuna in the northern Pacific at a meeting in southwestern Japan on Monday amid concerns about overfishing.

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A company that builds commercial fishing boats in Reedsport netted a $3.4 million grant from the state this month, positioning itself to expand its workforce by 50 percent in the coming years.

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Inside the Industry

The Center for Coastal Studies recently announced that Owen Nichols, Director of the Center for Coastal Studies’ Marine Fisheries Research Program, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the John Annala Fishery Leadership Award by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. 

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Cummins  announced the opening of a new Alaska service location on Kodiak Island last week that will serve as a service and support location for commercial marine applications.

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