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BOOTHBAY HARBOR — A series of forums seeking public input into the state of the Maine lobster industry are getting under way.

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With the lack of congressional action threatening to void the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, all 42 agencies that originally signed the pact have agreed to a two-year extension.

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NEW ORLEANS — Gulf of Mexico shrimpers have filed petitions with the federal government seeking relief from subsidized shrimp imports. The move came several weeks after Gulf of Mexico shrimpers hailed a House bill that included a provision to increase U.S. Customs and Border Protection's powers to combat illegal imports.

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The NOAA Fisheries Science Center has published an analysis of the 2011 Northeast groundfishery — the second year of catch share trading activity and the last year of optimism in a fishery that has descended into a recognized "disaster."

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KENAI - Travis Every spent June and July standing at his family's setnet sites watching the sockeye salmon jump in their rush toward the Kenai River.

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Martin Luther Stewart Sr. felt "blessed" to make his living on the river.

He died there Wednesday after the 19-foot skiff he was on with fellow fisherman Vincent Chaplin capsized.

Sea Eagle Market owner Craig Reaves, who hired Stewart a few months ago, recalled gathering oysters with him last Sunday.

"He looked at me and said 'you know most people go to work because they have to. Me and you are blessed because we get to do something we love.'"

Read the full story at Island Packet>>

NEW BEDFORD — Myron Marder was a scalloper before shellfish was the city's biggest industry.

Friends of Marder, who died Dec. 24 at the age of 91, remember how the accountant turned fleet owner helped jump-start the industry in the 1960s.

"He was really one of the founders of the scalloping industry in New Bedford," Robert Mitchell, of R.A. Mitchell, said Thursday. Mitchell said both he and his father have been friends with Marder since the 1950s.

Marder got his start in the fishing industry when he opened an accounting office on the New Bedford waterfront in 1946 after serving in the Army during World War II.

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NEW BEDFORD — To say that Richard Canastra didn't quite believe an upbeat NOAA report on the state of the Northeast groundfish industry is to understate it.

"It's a crock," said Canastra, who co-owns the BASE seafood display auction. Only a few days ago he was telling regulators that this year might be the fleet's "last hurrah."

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration painted a sunny picture in a Dec. 26 report, saying that even with a smaller fleet, the catch was up, profits were up and total catch was up.

Canastra replied: "The headline looks great but when you look at it it's just like the science. Everything NOAA does they try to cover up."

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CHARLESTON -- The opening price for Oregon Dungeness crab is finally set.

Fishermen and processors agreed Wednesday night to open at $2.30 per pound for the first 24 hours of the season, which is scheduled to begin Monday.

The agreement comes after a month of delays.

'It seems like it is always a last-minute deal with these crab, whether we go through formal negotiations or we strike," said Rex Leach, the president of the Coos Umpqua Crabbing Association. 'There's no reason to go settle a price when our crab aren't ready."

Read the full story at The World Link>>

Republican Sens. John McCain and Tom Coburn have signaled an effort to strip from a $60.4 billion Hurricane Sandy disaster relief bill today the $150 million targeted for fisheries disaster funding — the bulk of which would go to the five coastal New England states and New York whose fishermen work the Atlantic for groundfish.

The Northeast fishing industry, including groundfishermen working out of Gloucester, was recognized as an economic "disaster" in September by the acting secretary of Commerce, based on stock and economic assessments and projected draconian catch limits for 2013. But the Commerce disaster declaration did not come backed by any emergency funding, so federal lawmakers worked to add fisheries disaster money onto the Sandy emergency aid bill.

The Sandy relief bill and its amendments — including coverage for fisheries disasters — draws toward the nation's center stage a struggle for survival by the groundfishermen of the Northeast, centered around Gloucester and New Bedford.

Read the full story at Gloucester Times>>

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 9/9/14

In this episode:

Seafood Watch upgrades status of 21 fish species
Calif. bill attacking seafood mislabeling approved
Ballot item would protect Bristol Bay salmon
NOAA closes cod, yellowtail fishing areas
Pacific panel halves young bluefin harvest

National Fisherman Live: 8/26/14

In this episode, National Fisherman Publisher Jerry Fraser talks about his early days dragging for redfish on the Vandal.

Inside the Industry

More than a dozen higher education institutions and federal and local fishery management agencies and organizations in American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Hawaii have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at building the capacity of the U.S. Pacific Island territories to manage their fisheries and fishery-related resources.

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PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative has appointed Matt Jacobson as its new executive director.
 
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