National Fisherman

ANNAPOLIS- The weeks before Christmas tend to be the most active for oyster poachers, but the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and State Police hope new technology and harsher penalties will help crack down on illegal oyster harvesting in the Chesapeake Bay.
 

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On the surface, the creation of eight regional fishery management councils — including the one for New England based in Newburyport which carries out policy hearings and helps set catch guidelines and limits under the federal Magnuson Stevens Act — is a good idea.
 

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CHARLESTON — A commercial crab fishing season that was delayed for two weeks is drawing mixed reviews in the opening days. The quality of crab is great, experts say, but for fishermen and processors the season may be just average.
 

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Beginning in January, people around the country will get a chance to watch a few clever Mainers try to strike it rich in the slippery business of eel fishing.
 
“Cold River Cash” will debut on the Animal Planet cable network at 10 p.m. Jan. 2. The reality show will follow the work and play of three teams of Maine eel fishermen during last spring’s 10-week eel season.

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SEATTLE (AP) - The Coast Guard says one of its officers who was injured last month while rescuing crew members from a disabled fishing vessel in Alaska waters has died of his injuries.
 

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Those engaged in commercial fishing in eastern Long Island Sound are asked to participate anonymously in a survey, the results of which will be factored into "the potential designation of a dredged material disposal site," the state Department of Environmental Conservation said Wednesday.
 

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NIKISKI - In a chilly building across Cook Inlet from the white pyramid of Mount Redoubt rest a few dozen plastic-lined cardboard totes filled to the brim with an amber liquid. Each chest-high cube holds about a ton of fish oil extracted this summer from the heads of salmon. It's a product that would have been lost to the Kenai River if Pat Simpson had not recovered it.
 

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DANVERS — The New England Fisheries Management Council rolled through the first two days of its meetings here, setting its priorities for 2014 and attending to the other strands of minutia that, when spun together, finally give way to the intricate tapestry that is fisheries management in the 21st century.
 

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The question before the Alaska Supreme Court Tuesday morning seemed simple: Does extensive exploration work for the proposed Pebble mine amount to merely a temporary use of land that can be turned back to how it was, or is it significant enough to trigger protections for public good provided in the state Constitution?
 

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP PLC has sued Texas lawyer Mikal (MEYE'-kahl) Watts, charging he fraudulently claimed to represent 40,000 deckhands who lost money because of the 2010 oil spill.
 

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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Alaskans will meet with British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, when he visits Juneau next week and will ask him to support an international review of mine developments in northwest British Columbia, upstream from Southeast Alaska along the Taku, Stikine and Unuk transboundary rivers.

Some Alaska fishing and environmental groups believe an international review is the best way to develop specific, binding commitments to ensure clean water, salmon, jobs and traditional and customary practices are not harmed by British Columbia mines and that adequate financial assurances are in place up front to cover long-term monitoring and compensation for damages.

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