National Fisherman

By Sarah Schumann

PROVIDENCE — Times are tough for New England’s commercial fishing industry. Just last week federal fisheries regulators announced sweeping cuts to the number of cod that fishermen are allowed to catch. But even in the midst of regional suffering, Rhode Island’s fishermen recently pulled together to support their colleagues on a distant coast: Bristol Bay, Alaska.

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When it comes to commercial fishing in Alaska, women have a small piece of the pie. They make up about 11 percent of Alaska residents who hold a crew license. About 4 percent of permit holders are Alaskan women.

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Public input on Upper Cook Inlet fisheries management has continued, with a proposal for the Kenai River late-run King Salmon Management Plan likely to come out of the Upper Cook Inlet Task Force this month.

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Area lobstermen are fearful that last summer's low prices could return again this year.

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Think about the coldest, worst day of the winter. The day when you bundle up, hurry to the car in the driveway, crank up the heat and take pictures of your in-dash thermometer to send to your friends up north as you drive to work.

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The European Union parliament on Wednesday pushed for a drastic reform of fishing policy in a landmark vote seeking to end decades of overfishing that have decimated many of the stocks in Atlantic and Mediterranean EU waters.

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For a gillnet fisherman, these are trying times — with worse yet to come.

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With strict new limits on Gulf of Maine cod, "there's not enough to sustain the fishery. The game is over."

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- They are the most feared predator in the ocean, but the state of California thinks great white sharks might need a little protection of their own.

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Dare County Commissioners Warren Judge, Virginia Tillett and Bob Woodard hand delivered a resolution regarding Oregon Inlet to leaders of the N.C. General Assembly in Raleigh on Wednesday, Jan. 9 for the opening of the assembly's 2013 session.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 9/9/14

In this episode:

Seafood Watch upgrades status of 21 fish species
Calif. bill attacking seafood mislabeling approved
Ballot item would protect Bristol Bay salmon
NOAA closes cod, yellowtail fishing areas
Pacific panel halves young bluefin harvest

National Fisherman Live: 8/26/14

In this episode, National Fisherman Publisher Jerry Fraser talks about his early days dragging for redfish on the Vandal.

Inside the Industry

More than a dozen higher education institutions and federal and local fishery management agencies and organizations in American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Hawaii have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at building the capacity of the U.S. Pacific Island territories to manage their fisheries and fishery-related resources.

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PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative has appointed Matt Jacobson as its new executive director.
 
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