National Fisherman


NEW BEDFORD — Scientists and crew members aboard a NOAA-chartered research vessel have recovered a $450,000 scallop survey camera that was lost a week ago when it apparently snagged on an underwater shipwreck southeast of Delaware Bay, a NOAA spokesperson said.

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Katie’s Seafood Market is a corrugated-metal building on the Galveston waterfront with a wooden ship wheel hanging from its ceiling and an 89-pound snapper mounted near the entrance. A small retail area faces the street, but most of the action happens on the dockside, which opens onto a channel leading to the Gulf of Mexico.

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The Alaska Legislature has approved a compromise state operating budget, the timing of which was aimed at preventing layoff warnings from being sent to state employees Wednesday.

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SOUTH BRISTOL — “They are like little torpedoes,” Sara Rademaker says, looking down at a tank full of year-old eels in a feeding frenzy.

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A low forecast for this summer's return of sockeye salmon to the Fraser River means a commercial fishery looks unlikely, or very small at best.

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During the 1980s the river even ran yellow in certain parts of the city, and was unable to ‘sustain plant or animal life of any kind’ for decades.

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A program to get New England fishermen using video technology instead of human monitors to track their adherence to catch limits and document fish discarded from boats is getting mixed reviews in South Shore fishing ports.

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The budget impasse with Alaska legislators is wreaking havoc on salmon fisheries across the state, and the industry is bracing for the possibility of a complete shutdown in some regions.

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If you believe the science, somewhere around 4.8 million sockeye salmon were likely caught and released in Bristol Bay last year and half them died before spawning. That’s 2.4 million dead fish.

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Given the dire state of the oceans these days, news reported over at The Guardian that Malaysia is creating its largest marine park should—rightly—be greeted with some optimism. Spanning 1 million hectares (2.47 million acres) the conservation zone is notable both for its size and the value of the habitats it covers. Located off the coast of the Sabah province in Borneo, the Tun Mustapha park covers some of the richest coral habitats in Malaysia, as well as mangroves and sea grass beds.

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Inside the Industry

Pat Fiorelli, the long-serving public affairs officer for the New England Fishery Management Council, will step down at the end of July.

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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced last week the sixth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to foster innovations that support sustainable fisheries in the United States. 

The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen and fishing communities while simultaneously rebuilding fish stocks.

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