National Fisherman


APALACHICOLA, Florida -- Less than three years ago, the Apalachicola Bay oyster fishery was one of the most productive in the nation. Now Florida officials and a group representing the commercial fishing industry are saying the bay oyster harvest may have to shut down completely for 18 months.

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CHATHAM —Never Enough, a 40-foot fishing boat captained by Bruce Kaminski, ran aground opposite the Chatham Coast Guard station near the treacherous inlet bar Wednesday morning. But the boat and the captain were rescued.

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Air quality is not a risk, but all commercial and recreational fishing is prohibited in Long Island Sound from Norwalk to Milford this morning as officials try to determine the safety of the water as a fire in a coastal factory continues to rage in Bridgeport.

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Women who eat fish regularly have a lower risk of developing hearing loss compared to women who rarely or never eat fish, according to a study published Wednesday in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Federal fisheries managers have proposed a new rule requiring West Coast commercial fishermen who unroll long lines of baited hooks on the ocean bottom also put out long lines of fluttering plastic to scare off seabirds trying to steal the bait.

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As part of its relentless battle against lionfish, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission acted today to prohibit lionfish aquaculture.
 
On a clear, crisp day in the tiny West Marin town of Marshall, clusters of visitors to the Hog Island Oyster Company feasted on raw oysters with an elaborate array of fixings. Barbecues were lined with shellfish as picnicking diners dripped exotic vinegars and other sauces onto the shells.
 

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BETHEL – The owner of a Maine bait and tackle shop says she found a rare calico-colored lobster that was caught off the state’s coast.
 

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MILFORD – An angry group of Connecticut shellfishers demanded Wednesday that Gov. Dannel Malloy cancel a new state leasing policy they insist is so draconian that it will damage the state's lucrative clam and oyster industry.
 

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A delegation from the U.S. Pacific islands, including fisheries managers and commercial fishing industry representatives, met yesterday with the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), including Counselor to the President John Podesta. The group conveyed its concerns for an Executive proposal that would bar fishermen from nearly 700,000 miles of vitally historic fishing grounds.
 

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Inside the Industry

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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