National Fisherman


Balancing commerce and nature along the Jersey Shore is never easy.

Commerce - especially and ironically the commercial-fishing industry and the marinas and bait-and-tackle shops that cater to recreational fishermen - is often at odds with efforts to enhance and maintain the coastal ecosystem.

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The New England cod fishery is on the brink of collapse. For weeks now we have heard from all stakeholders, with some calling for more closures, some less, and others seeking financial aid for fishing families. We’ve even heard a few calling for an all-out ban on cod fishing. But what is missing from much of this conversation are constructive ideas to pave a path forward for fishermen in New England.

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Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration today announced the launch of a user-friendly, and interactive Invasive Lionfish Web Portal aimed at arming the fishery community and public with the latest details to the combat the invasive species in the Atlantic and Gulf region.

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Roughly 100 miles off the coast of southern Maine, a hidden, mountainside forest that scientists describe as an ecological time machine offers glimpses of an abundance long lost on the New England coastline.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Water clarity in the Chesapeake Bay has improved and oysters and underwater grasses have made gains, but declines in blue crabs and rockfish have marred progress overall for the health of the nation’s largest estuary, according to a report released Monday.
 

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TACOMA, Wash. — The historic ferry Kalakala has reached its final destination.
 
The owner plans to have the rusting hulk scrapped later this month in Tacoma, The News Tribune reported Sunday.
 

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What should be the start of peak oyster season in Louisiana is off to another rocky start.
 

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Commerce - especially and ironically the commercial-fishing industry and the marinas and bait-and-tackle shops that cater to recreational fishermen - is often at odds with efforts to enhance and maintain the coastal ecosystem.
 
NEW BEDFORD — The biggest player in the New England groundfishing industry says he is cashing out of the business, selling off his scallopers and later his groundfish draggers, which count among the last in the country's top-grossing fishing port.
 

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As the wide-ranging region covered by the Bristol Bay Times-Dutch Harbor Fisherman starts the New Year, many long-term issues continued to dominate the region's news in 2014. The proposed Pebble Mine has lost funders, but is no less in the limelight following action by the federal Environmental Protection Agency that drew state and national attention. Crime and drug use continue to dog the rural communities throughout the region, with some communities pledging to fight back. And fish, the vital economic engine for the entire region, continue to find the spotlight as, in some fisheries, numbers climb and prices drop. Here is a look back at some of the top stories from 2014.
 

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Inside the Industry

The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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