National Fisherman


The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council's Reef Fish Committee approved several preferred alternatives to the red snapper fishery management plan at its meeting Tuesday in Key West.
 

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ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Supreme Court has cleared the way for an initiative that would require legislative approval for major mining operations in the Bristol Bay watershed, like the proposed Pebble Mine.
 

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NEWPORT NEWS — A weak female blue crab population, continued predator infiltration and a need to conserve juvenile blue crab growth have prompted members of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission to move forward with staff recommendations to reduce the female blue crab harvest by 10 percent.
 

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SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — California's massive drought has spelled bad news for many of the state's fish. But in a strange twist, it appears to have been a boon to coho salmon migrating from a Northern California creek.
 

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The boat tipped alarmingly to starboard. The coffee pot, frying pan and dish soap simultaneously headed for the galley floor. No matter, one doesn't forget how to ride a bicycle, nor does one forget how to handle Bristol Bay weather in the cabin of a gillnetter. Forty-five years in the commercial fishing industry trained me to catch the pot, pan and soap -- plus take a sip from my coffee cup without missing a beat. The Bristol Bay sockeye season started with a bang this year!
 

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WASHINGTON -- Northern California lawmakers asked Monday that California's two senators open up their secret talks with House Republicans on a drought bill.
 

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West Coast fishery managers on Monday adopted stringent regulations against California’s swordfish and thresher shark drift gillnet fishery, laying the framework to more aggressively limit its bycatch of endangered ocean species.
 

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Port Royal officials have cut almost all funding for the town's shrimp docks, but that doesn't mean the docks are closing.
 

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Despite the name, don't confuse the Pinbone Wizard with the classic The Who song about a pinball phenom.
 
Although, once you see the machine in action, quickly and efficiently pulling tiny pin bones out of a salmon filet without wrecking the meat, it's hard not to walk away with the descending chord progression of the classic rock 'n roll song stuck in your head.
 

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MASHPEE — Residents opposed to a proposed oyster farm in Popponesset Bay are asking the state's highest court to weigh in on the dispute.
 

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Inside the Industry

The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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