National Fisherman


NEW BEDFORD — Carlos Ramos, an 88-year-old Navy veteran of World War II, had been waiting for Wednesday's arrival of the Charles W. Morgan since he learned last year the ship's 38th voyage would include a stop in the Whaling City.
 

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PETERSBURG, Alaska — The hatchery in the southeast Alaska community of Kake is scheduled to close Monday, though it remains possible that a regional hatchery group could still take it over.
 

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — In perfect conditions, oysters raise themselves. But in parts of the bay, they need hands-on human help.
 

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CURRIE - Construction continues at the future headquarters of Acme Smoked Fish of North Carolina, and so does the company's push to fill jobs.
 

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(Reuters) - Alaska's humpback whales swam a little closer on Wednesday to losing their status as an endangered species after being federally protected for more than 40 years, a U.S. agency said.
 

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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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Inside the Industry

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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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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