National Fisherman


Federal regulators working to save plummeting cod stocks in the Gulf of Maine may decide this week to ban lobster fishing in parts of the ocean where cod spawn – an unprecedented step that raises jurisdictional questions over who calls the shots in managing commercial fisheries.
 
The annual fall migration of Chinook salmon has been delayed by warmer water temperatures and slow-flowing streams in parts of California as the state's three-year drought drags on, hatchery officials said Monday.
 

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There are days, as he navigates his 66th year on the planet and his 43rd year on the water, that Russell Sherman feels like a relic on his way to becoming an anachronism.
 
HONOLULU - Fishermen in waters off Oahu are slowly making their way back to shore after they sent out a distress call Sunday morning saying their boat was sinking.
 

P.E.I. lobster fishermen have voted in favour of a one cent a pound levy on their catches to create a marketing fund.

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The commercial Dungeness crab season begins Saturday, and, for the first time, Dungeness crabs open with a Good Alternative ranking from Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch after being downgraded from Best Choice.

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On the heels of Monday’s abrupt emergency shutdown of cod fishing in inshore waters off Massachusetts and New Hampshire until May 1, the New England Fishery Management Council is now weighing another round of steep cuts in the allowed catch of Gulf of Maine groundfish for the rest of the year after that.

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From Sitka to Kodiak, small, independent commercial fishermen are taking an increasingly hands-on role in marketing their own fish.

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llicit fishing goes on every day at an industrial scale. But large commercial fishers are about to get a new set of overseers: conservationists—and soon the general public—armed with space-based reconnaissance of the global fleet.

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Emergency restrictions aimed at protecting plummeting cod stocks, set to go into effect Thursday in the Gulf of Maine, have some fishermen complaining that one group that routinely kills cod won’t be affected by the new rules – the region’s lobstermen.
 

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Inside the Industry

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced last week the sixth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to foster innovations that support sustainable fisheries in the United States. 

The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen and fishing communities while simultaneously rebuilding fish stocks.

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Alaskan Leader Fisheries will give Inmarsat’s new high-speed broadband maritime communications service, Fleet Xpress, a try on the 150-foot longline cod catcher/processor Alaskan Leader.

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