National Fisherman

WASHINGTON – The full plate awaiting the next Congress includes a heaping side of fish.

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New Castle, N.H. — Two New Hampshire fishermen and reality TV stars saved fellow fishermen in a sinking ship last Sunday.

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TENANTS HARBOR, Maine (AP) — The booming lobster processing business in Maine is struggling to find and retain good workers.

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Not all Alaska pollock comes from Alaska.

Some of the fish, a source of deep pride for Alaskans, is harvested in Russian waters. Some is caught off the coast of Japan and Korea. But no matter its origin, federal regulations allow any walleye pollock distributed, sold, and consumed in the United States, whether in the form of fish sticks or a miso-glazed filet, to bear a label that calls Alaska home.

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The provincial government, the Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW) union and fisheries scientists working with Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) think there is more to be said about the change in halibut stocks in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

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This fish story is criminal.

A federal judge sentenced Brooklyn fish dealer Alan Dresner to four months in prison Wednesday for his role in a $510,000 seafood scam.

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PORTLAND, Maine - The group that manages commercial fisheries in the Atlantic states is recommending a nearly 2,000-pound cut in the catch limit for glass eels in Maine.

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With the Columbia River fall Chinook salmon return nudging up close to the modern-day record, and a coho return much better than forecast in preseason, fishing was very good this late summer and fall on the lower river and elsewhere.

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ELLSWORTH, Maine — An Orland lobsterman who had his license suspended earlier this year for multiple fishing violations has pleaded guilty to fishing-related crimes in Hancock County, according to state officials.

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On the surface, the news that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will be steering $18 million in grants through the Saltonstall-Kennedy Act to fishermen and waterfront businesses in the coming year stands as a bit of good news amid a renewed sea of fisheries crises.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 10/21/14

In this episode:

North Pacific Council adjusts observer program
Fishermen: bluefin fishing best in 10 years
Catch limit raised for Bristol Bay red king crab
Canadian fishermen fight over lobster size rules
River conference addresses Dead Zone cleanup

National Fisherman Live: 10/7/14

In this episode, National Fisherman Publisher Jerry Fraser talks about the 1929 dragger Vandal.

 

Inside the Industry

NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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The Golden Gate Salmon Association will host its 4th Annual Marin County Dinner at Marin Catholic High School, 675 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Kentfield on Friday, Oct 10, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.

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