National Fisherman


Red snapper again dominated the most recent Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting, and what proponents of separation of the recreational sector into for-hire/charter and private-angler groups called an "experiment" apparently will be become standard operating procedure.

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An interstate fishing council has extended some of Maine’s emergency Atlantic herring restrictions to Massachusetts to try to close a loophole that threatened to derail the summer supply of lobster bait.

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Jon and Melinda Popham got married aboard the Melinda Ann, a former pleasure craft that Jon had converted into a lobster boat. He named it for his bride, and planned to build their future on it.

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The stench of decaying algae began rising from coastal waterways in southeastern Florida early this month, shutting down businesses and beaches during a critical tourism season. Officials arrived, surveyed the toxic muck and declared states of emergency in four counties. Residents shook their heads, then their fists, organizing rallies and haranguing local officials.

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Over the past seven years, Kevin Norton watched the number of commercial groundfish vessels working out of his home port drop precipitously from 17 in 2009, to just four today.

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A Native American tribe in Washington state has joined a lawsuit challenging the federal government's approval of an Atlantic salmon genetically modified to grow faster.

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In a new video posted Monday, swear-tastic chef Gordon Ramsay goes diving for scallops. "I adore scallops," says Ramsay, "and I serve them on all my menus." He joins diver Tom Whittall, who has been diving for scallops since he was young.

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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two men for alleged oyster violations on July 18 in St. Bernard Parish.

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has introduced legislation meant to prevent the importation of species that pose at as a threat to New York’s natural resources.

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Jefferson City, Mo. – The state’s leaky budget has sunk a plan aimed at scaling back the number of Asian carp flooding Missouri’s waterways.

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Inside the Industry

Pat Fiorelli, the long-serving public affairs officer for the New England Fishery Management Council, will step down at the end of July.

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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced last week the sixth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to foster innovations that support sustainable fisheries in the United States. 

The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen and fishing communities while simultaneously rebuilding fish stocks.

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