National Fisherman


NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — Coast Guard crew members rescued four fishermen about 25 miles southeast of Nantucket, after their boat started taking on water.

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Dutch Harbor is where many of the ships that fish the Bering Sea could wait out the coming storm triggered by Typhoon Nuri.

So far, crews there say they’re not too worried.

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The National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (CONAPESCA) adopted a measure for the sustainable management of bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) stocks in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO), which aims to reduce its catch by 45 per cent during 2015 and 2016.

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Senior scientists and fishery managers from leading fishing nations concluded three days of talks on the status of fisheries and sustainability of seafood at the fourth annual Science and Sustainability Forum (SSF) which called for the re-evaluation of seafood ecolabelling guidelines that many say are being misapplied particularly in small scale fisheries and coastal communities. A major concern is that ecolabelling is creating market barriers for coastal fisheries and communities.

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RIDGE, Md. — A diver pulled a large, porous bag of oysters from Calvert Bay and heaved it onto the motorboat, and the sucker fish and baby crabs began to scurry and skid in a vain search for escape along the slippery floor. Another bounty of bivalves, almost ready for market. But not everyone is excited.

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Fishermen based in San Luis Obispo County say the unusually warm water along the coast is attracting some seldom-seen, warm-water fish species to the area.

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Alaska voters approved a ballot measure aimed at adding a hurdle to the potential development of a major copper and gold mine.
 

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators shut down the commercial fishing season for northern shrimp in the Gulf of Maine for a second straight yearWednesday, citing concerns about the declining population and warmer ocean temperatures.
 

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It's a big business in California.
 
Poachers steal an estimated $100 million worth of wild animals and fish every year in the state. Many of the thieves are repeat offenders, according to California Fish and Wildlife officials.
 
PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - Fishermen in Mississippi will be allowed to dredge for oysters this year. The Commission on Marine Resources voted 2-to-1 on Wednesday afternoon to allow a limited season for oyster dredging. But there are restrictions.
 

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Inside the Industry

The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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Last week, Alaska senators Lisa Murkowski (R), Dan Sullivan (R) and Rep. Don Young (R) asked Secretary of State John Kerry to negotiate with Canadian leaders to make sure appropriate environmental safeguards are in place for mine development in Southeast Alaska.

The congressional delegation explained the importance of this issue to Alaskans and the need for assurances that the water quality in transboundary waters between Alaska and Canada will be maintained.

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