National Fisherman


Lobster, you’re on a roll.

Recent news reports have chronicled your rise — or fall? — citing sustainability, affordability and sheer bounty. In Maine alone, marine biologists are happy to report that your numbers have grown “unbelievably” over the past 25 years. Will that diminish your white-tablecloth profile?

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Shrimpers in Louisiana say the prices they are getting for their catch haven fallen out of a profitable range. After seeing historic high prices for shrimp, prices have begun to stabilize at about $1.20 per pound for smaller shrimp. But the vice president of the Louisiana Shrimp Association, Acy Cooper, said that last week shrimp processors and distributors told fisherman they would only be getting 85 cents per pound.

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The picture is becoming clearer of which Massachusetts fishing stakeholders will share in the $8.3 million contained in the second phase of federal fishery disaster funding.
 

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Most of you have heard about the Russian prohibition on the importation of seafood products from the United States, the European Union, Canada and others. This is a big deal, with a lot of unknown consequences, and will have a significant impact on the U.S. seafood industry. A lot of salmon roe from Alaska goes (or has gone) to Russia during the past several years. Closure of the market will mean over supply in the remaining accessible markets, which will mean reductions in the value of our roe products. The impacts are not isolated to Alaska: there is currently 1,000 metric tons of West Coast hake (a type of white fish), previously destined to Russia, sitting in cold storage with prices falling.
 

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Seconds after Richard Sawyer Jr. steered his lobster boat Just In Time to his dock at Jupiter Point in Groton Thursday, his son and grandson began carrying armloads of empty wire traps onto shore.
 

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MONTEREY (KPIX 5) — Most of the squid caught in California usually travels about 12,000 miles before it hits your plate. Now, there is a movement to cut down on the distance.
 

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BELLE CHASSE — On Monday state shrimpers plan to participate in a moratorium on harvesting to protest falling shrimp prices at the dock.
 

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As our summer steelhead season and fall chinook season begins, it is hard not to think about the ocean those fish are coming from and swimming back to. Having healthy runs also means having a healthy ocean.

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Scientists who participated in an annual survey of Maine and New Hampshire fish stocks say they caught fewer fish than any year since 2006.

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Goliath grouper, lionfish eggs, shark chum and gun silencers are among the topics top state wildlife regulators will ponder this week.

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Inside the Industry

(Bloomberg) — After fighting for more than two years to avoid paying almost $1 billion in oil spill damages to Gulf Coast shrimpers, oystermen and seafood processors it claimed didn’t exist, BP Plc has thrown in the towel.

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(Bloomberg) — Millions of dead fish stretched out over 200 kilometers of central Vietnamese beaches are posing the biggest test so far for the new government.

The Communist administration led by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has been criticized on social media for a lack of transparency and slow response, with thousands protesting Sunday in major cities and provincial areas.

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