National Fisherman

SKAMOKAWA — When Marty Kuller was growing up in Seward, Alaska, commercial fishermen walked tall, and little boys like Kuller looked up to them.

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A Maine lobsterman and his son are making their first court appearance on charges they were in possession of more than 400 illegal lobsters.

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The California Fish and Game Commission will consider a petition to give threatened or endangered species status to the West Coast great white shark population at its meeting early next month.

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A Gloucester-based scalloper missing since mid-December has been found in pieces submerged on the ocean's floor between Cape Ann and Provincetown.

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HOUSTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) — A decision by a federal judge in New Orleans to approve a health settlement related to the Deepwater Horizon avoids years of litigation, said BP.

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Businesses and individuals who claim BP's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico cost them money have been paid more than $1 billion through the company's class-action settlement with a team of private plaintiffs' attorneys, court-supervised claims administrator Patrick Juneau said.

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ELLSWORTH, Maine — Anybody familiar with the commercial fishing industry, especially Maine's iconic lobster fishery, will know that it doesn't fit into a typical 9-to-5 schedule.

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Dudley Biddlecomb has been an oyster farmer for so long, he doesn't remember when he started. Born on the Chesapeake Bay, oyster farming is in his blood. The Biddlecomb family has been in the oyster business for over one hundred years and say productivity is on the rise after a decades-long decline.

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FRISCO — Gillnet fishing in Mexico and coastal development in Florida is driving loggerhead sea turtles to the brink of extinction, according to conservation groups, who filed a lawsuit this week to try and get better protection for the turtles's critical habitat.

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Three Massachusetts congressmen — John Tierney, William Keating and Ed Markey — are prepared to petition the House Rules Committee today to reinstate in the Superstorm Sandy supplemental appropriation bill more than $100 million for fisheries disaster relief stripped out by the Republican leadership.

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National Fisherman Live

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.

National Fisherman Live: 8/14/14

In this episode:

  • More cod cuts expected if NOAA data holds
  • Louisiana importing oysters to meet demand
  • N.C. sets new sturgeon bycatch rules
  • BP appeals to Supreme Court on spill settlement
  • Senate releases new Magnuson-Stevens draft

Inside the Industry

PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative has appointed Matt Jacobson as its new executive director.
 
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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene its Red Snapper Advisory Panel Wednesday, July 30, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the council office — 2203 N. Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, in Tampa, Fla. 

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