National Fisherman

Roughly 100 miles off the coast of southern Maine, a hidden, mountainside forest that scientists describe as an ecological time machine offers glimpses of an abundance long lost on the New England coastline.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Water clarity in the Chesapeake Bay has improved and oysters and underwater grasses have made gains, but declines in blue crabs and rockfish have marred progress overall for the health of the nation’s largest estuary, according to a report released Monday.
 

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TACOMA, Wash. — The historic ferry Kalakala has reached its final destination.
 
The owner plans to have the rusting hulk scrapped later this month in Tacoma, The News Tribune reported Sunday.
 

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What should be the start of peak oyster season in Louisiana is off to another rocky start.
 

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Commerce - especially and ironically the commercial-fishing industry and the marinas and bait-and-tackle shops that cater to recreational fishermen - is often at odds with efforts to enhance and maintain the coastal ecosystem.
 
NEW BEDFORD — The biggest player in the New England groundfishing industry says he is cashing out of the business, selling off his scallopers and later his groundfish draggers, which count among the last in the country's top-grossing fishing port.
 

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As the wide-ranging region covered by the Bristol Bay Times-Dutch Harbor Fisherman starts the New Year, many long-term issues continued to dominate the region's news in 2014. The proposed Pebble Mine has lost funders, but is no less in the limelight following action by the federal Environmental Protection Agency that drew state and national attention. Crime and drug use continue to dog the rural communities throughout the region, with some communities pledging to fight back. And fish, the vital economic engine for the entire region, continue to find the spotlight as, in some fisheries, numbers climb and prices drop. Here is a look back at some of the top stories from 2014.
 

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TANGIER ISLAND, Va. — Ken Cuccinelli is holding a raw oyster. It is a small, round oyster with an unusually smooth shell and a distinctive black stripe. He stands on the deck of a crabbing boat that rocks gently on the Chesapeake Bay. The former Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee tilts his head back and eats his first sample from the oyster farm that he co-founded with a small group of friends.
 

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A dramatic rise in ocean temperature is changing the kinds of fish that swim off New Jersey’s coast — a development that has significant ramifications for the state’s fishing industry and could even alter restaurant menus.
 

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Before we get to 2015, it’s important to take one final look at 2014. 
 
And there’s one thing in the world of Prince William Sound groundfish that stands out - sablefish. Last year saw the lowest harvest and lowest catch-per-unit effort in the history of the fishery. It’s been in a general decline since 2000.
 

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 2/26/15

In this episode, National Fisherman's Online Editor Leslie Taylor speaks with Rick Constantine, vice president of marketing, Acme United Corporation, about Cuda corrosion resistant knives.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

Today Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced legislation to extend a permanent exemption for incidental runoff from small commercial fishing boats.

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The National Working Waterfront Network is now accepting abstracts and session proposals for the next National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium, taking place Nov. 16-19 in Tampa, Fla. The deadline is Tax Day, April 15.

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