National Fisherman


It's the time of year when Alaska's fishery meetings kick into high gear — with five set for this week alone.

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WILMINGTON, NC — The N.C. Marine Patrol arrested two fishermen after they were found with more than 16 times the legal possession limit of red drum.

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Two emaciated fishermen were recovering in a Pacific hospital today after enduring a five month ordeal drifting helplessly in an open boat.

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OFF CAPE COD — Seven fishermen are safe today after a turbine on their vessel became inoperable Monday and the Coast Guard sent a cutter to tow the ship in.

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Four more bodies were recovered Thursday from a sunken South Korean fishing ship in the Bering Sea, the foreign ministry here said.

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SALEM — Oregon is close to launching a fund to compensate commercial fisherman for financial losses and new gear they will need to purchase, as a result of the state's new fish management policy that took effect one year ago on the Lower Columbia River. Oregon and Washington are phasing out non-tribal commercial gillnet fishing on the main stem of the Columbia River by 2017, and increasing the portion of fish allocated to recreational anglers.

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Texas game wardens conducting an enhanced marine patrol of the lower Rio Grande near Boca Chica Beach near Brownsville recently seized roughly 8,000 feet of illegal gillnet.

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Get out your claw crackers and fasten your bibs — crab season has officially arrived off the Southwest Washington Coast.

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Spend a little more to put an Oregon salmon license plate on your vehicle, and your money is supposed to directly benefit the iconic fish.

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ELLSWORTH — The Department of Marine Resources will hold three public meetings to provide information on the New England Fishery Management Council's Omnibus Habitat Amendment 2.

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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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