National Fisherman


llicit fishing goes on every day at an industrial scale. But large commercial fishers are about to get a new set of overseers: conservationists—and soon the general public—armed with space-based reconnaissance of the global fleet.

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Emergency restrictions aimed at protecting plummeting cod stocks, set to go into effect Thursday in the Gulf of Maine, have some fishermen complaining that one group that routinely kills cod won’t be affected by the new rules – the region’s lobstermen.
 
The schooner Ernestina-Morrissey, the official tall ship of the commonwealth of Massachusetts, will not be traveling back to Cape Ann for her restoration. Instead, the work to return the 120-year-old, Essex-built ship to full sailing condition will be done in Maine.
 

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Cod stock news out of New England this week is eerily similar to the collapse of the northern cod stocks in the late 1980s and 1990s that gutted Canada’s East Coast coastal communities and changed the face of the fishery in this province.
 

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Atlantic bluefin tuna are one of the most valuable fish in the sea. They are prized for the high-quality sushi and sashimi produced from their flesh, and it’s not uncommon for individual fish to fetch prices of $10,000 or more. Their high value makes them hard to resist, and and overfishing had sharply reduced their numbers. In recent years, however, international cooperation has reduced fishing pressure on Atlantic bluefin tuna, and the stocks appear to be recovering.
 

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PORTLAND, Maine — Federal regulators shut down the commercial fishing season for northern shrimp in the Gulf of Maine for a second straight year on Wednesday, citing concerns about the declining population and warmer ocean temperatures.
 

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Perhaps the scariest thing about the new "emergency measures" being imposed on Gloucester fishermen and the New England groundfishing industry is that no one seems surprised.

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GLOUCESTER — On the cusp of what is effectively a six-month ban on cod fishing, Russell Sherman could have spent Tuesday on the Gulf of Maine trying to catch what he could.

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JOHANNESBURG - A fisherman was rescued after he fell into a fish bin in Simonstown, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said on Wednesday.

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Climate change, driven by soaring emissions of heat-trapping gases, is usually seen as a long-term environmental problem.

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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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