National Fisherman

When 21 million sockeye salmon return just five years after stocks crashed below two million, it’s hard to complain.
 

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NEW BEDFORD — Healthy Atlantic surf clam populations in the North Atlantic have brought about a lifting of minimum size requirements for the 2015 year, NOAA Fisheries announced Monday.
 

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BETHEL -- Biologists who study Kuskokwim River salmon and key people who rely on the fish are immersing themselves in science and policy in advance of the state’s planned 2016 adoption of new escapement -- or spawning -- goals for kings in the river.
 

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PORTLAND, Maine — The stability of the dogfish population off the coast of New England is not in jeopardy despite a recent survey that found less of the fish off of Maine and New Hampshire than in previous years.

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There is fresh news out of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration regarding the status of Gulf of Maine cod, and the outlook isn’t good. Atlantic cod, the mainstay of New England fisheries for more than 400 years, is now at 3 percent to 4 percent of its target levels.

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WYE MILLS — There are many options in front of the commercial striped bass fishery right now.

Striped bass, known as rockfish, are said by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to be on a downward trend toward overfishing, although overfishing is not occurring.

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DENNYSVILLE, Maine — Maine fishing regulators are discussing the health of the scallop fishery with fishermen and residents near Cobscook Bay, one of the state's most critical scallop grounds.

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If you slurped down any oysters on the half-shell this summer, you probably didn’t realize they were monsters. Not monsters in the pejorative sense, but man made creatures—the invention of a modern-day Dr. Frankenstein. That Dr. Frankenstein, in this case, is Standish Allen, currently the director of the Aquaculture Genetics and Breeding Technology Center at William & Mary’s Virginia Institute for Marine Science.

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While the shrimping industry plays a major role in Louisiana's economy and culture, tracing the origin of shrimp to the state or a region has not been an easy task in the past.

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Given the huge outpouring of enthusiasm and support from the SouthCoast community, we wanted to present this report on the Charles W. Morgan Homecoming. By most accounts, it was a great success. Indeed it is conceivable that there will be long-term positive outcomes because of the collaborative efforts from many different entities.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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