National Fisherman


WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - Tougher laws to protect sea turtles could be hurting local fishermen. 
 

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In April 2013, John Bullard, NOAA’s chief northeast regional administrator, first imposed draconian cuts of up to 78 percent in fishermen’s allowable landings of cod and other groundfish species. And at the time, he called it the fishing industry’s and fishing communities’ “day of reckoning” over stock declines.

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NASSAU, Bahamas -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States is expected to deliver a ruling on Monday on a petition by the environmental non-governmental organization (NGO) WildEarth Guardians for queen conch to be declared a “threatened” or “endangered” species under the US Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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The Atlantic Salmon has for centuries been named the "king of fish" for its power and grace. But now it is much more: A symbol of all that is wild and beautiful to millions of people.

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries have announced commercial king mackerel season will close at noon Nov. 7.

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The Coast Guard on Sunday called off the search for two fishermen who were on a boat that sank Saturday near Matinicus Island off the coast of Rockland.
 

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Responding to growing concerns about declining striped bass populations, fishery managers this week voted to slash Bay striped bass harvests next year by 20.5 percent and the East Coast catch by 25 percent.

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While the port of Portland has finally pulled even with Gloucester, Massachusetts, in fish landings, it could be a hollow victory as federal regulators prepare to impose a new set of restrictions that will likely batter the groundfishing fleets in both ports.

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Studies underway in Norton Sound are trying to gauge the impact of development on area crab stocks.

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Louisiana's total seafood catch in 2013 dropped from the year before but higher prices netted considerable more money for commercial fishers, according to preliminary numbers released Wednesday by the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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Inside the Industry

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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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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