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PORTLAND — A report from NOAA Fisheries Service shows Astoria, Oregon, topped West Coast ports in pounds of fish landed last year.

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(SitNews) - In the 2013 annual report, Fisheries of the United States 2013, released today, NOAA Fisheries announced that U.S. fishermen landed 9.9 billion pounds of fish and shellfish, an increase of 245 million pounds from 2012. Valued at $5.5 billion, these landings represent an increase of $388 million from 2012.
 

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When Washingtonians dig into boiled shrimp with drawn butter at a local restaurant, the odds are nearly 50-50 they won’t be eating the species of shellfish promoted on the menu.
 
Scientists say the Gulf of Maine shouldn’t be fished for northern shrimp for a second straight season because of concerns of warming ocean temperatures.
 

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The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration at the United States Department of Commerce has set final tilefish specifications for the Northeastern United States over the next three years. NMFS announced in the Federal Register of Oct. 29, 2014 that it has set the annual catch and landing limits and quotas for 2015, 2016 and 2017. The limits affect only commercial fisheries. They do not apply to individual recreational fishermen, but they do apply to charter boats that take people on recreational fishing trips. Those that catch tilefish incidentally are not affected either.
 

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HONOLULU (AP) — An Oahu man is pleading guilty to federal charges that he slept while operating a commercial fishing boat.
 

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Officials in Panama have fined the local facility of a US biotechnology company for a series of permitting and regulatory failures around a pioneering attempt to create genetically modified salmon.

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LITTLE EGG HARBOR — Matt Gregg has tried other lines of work away from the water, including a commute to Manhattan for the 9-to-5 office life. But for him, nothing beats farming oysters in Barnegat Bay.

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Hawaii’s longline fleet might be rejoicing about a new opportunity to catch ahi, but a coalition of environmental groups is not on board with the increased catch.

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DETROIT (AP) — The expansion of a spawning reef for lake sturgeon in the Detroit River is helping the fish population recover in the area, raising hopes for future efforts to improve the Great Lakes fishery, wildlife officials said.

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Inside the Industry

Fishermen throughout the Gulf of Mexico are praising Louisiana officials for a series of strong decisions last week that have broken the deadlock of red snapper management in the Gulf of Mexico.

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According to the Portland Press Herald, the Maine Seaweed Festival has been canceled this year due to a rift between the event’s organizers and seaweed harvesters.

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