When President Obama announced his intention to expand a marine sanctuary west of Hawaii, many environmentalists praised the move as a needed protection, but the region’s main fishing group says it could do more harm than good.
GLOUCESTER — The final word fell to Gloucester fisherman Paul Vitale, the last speaker of the day at the fisheries listening session on the reauthorization of Magnuson-Stevens, held yesterday at City Hall and organized by U.S. Rep. John Tierney.
Bristol Bay in Southwest Alaska is the state’s biggest and most valuable commercial salmon fishery, with millions of prime sockeye returning each summer to spawn.
The fishery, which lasts only a few intense weeks and peaks around the Fourth of July, attracts thousands of fishermen intent on scoring big catches. With so much money swimming in, it’s no wonder you see bay boats with names like Lucrative and Net Profit.
SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to consider the appeal of a popular oyster farm that federal officials want to shutter and return to wilderness along the coast of Northern California.
BREWER, Maine — A divided state scallop advisory council ignored the recommendations of fisheries experts with the Maine Department of Marine Resources and proposed the same number of fishing days for next season.
The decaying carcasses of 65 sharks were found by the Coast Guard in an abandoned, mile-long gill net, adrift in the Gulf of Mexico off the south Texas coast. The agency said Tuesday it suspects that Mexican poachers illegally fishing in U.S. waters in a lancha, or small boat, left the net behind.
If you’ve noticed a lot of empty slips in local harbors today, there’s a reason for that: Tuesday (7-1-14) is the first day of the summer troll opening for king salmon — and Southeast fishermen are looking at a record high target harvest.
Voting members of a pacific regional fishery council are saying a proposal by the Obama administration to expand a conservation zone in the Pacific Ocean “will economically harm” fishermen in the area in exchange for “no added conservation benefit.”
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene its Red Snapper Advisory Panel Wednesday, July 30, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the council office — 2203 N. Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, in Tampa, Fla.
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