National Fisherman


GLOUCESTER — Portraits are about "who." That's obvious. What's not obvious is that they don't have to be only about who. That's true of the 71 photographs in Jim Hooper's "Portraits of a Working Waterfront." Hooper's handsome and eloquent photographs are also about "where" and "what." The show runs through Feb. 1 at the Cape Ann Museum.

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The U.S. Coast Guard was called into action early Saturday morning, responding to a fishing vessel in distress off the stormy and rugged Oregon Coast.

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MISSISSIPPI SOUND (WLOX) - A longtime Vietnamese fisherman took a group on a special fishing trip Monday. They were part of an event called "Come Fish off My Boat." The unique trip called attention to the plight of commercial fishermen and sparked conversations about efforts to restore the fishery.

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NEWPORT – Driven by a high-quality product, the opening price for Oregon commercial fishermen will hit a record $3.10 per pound when the Dungeness crab season opens as scheduled on Dec. 1.

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Local shrimpers and other owners of small commercial fishing boats around the country will need a new permit to wash their decks if a recently introduced bill doesn't pass Congress by mid-December.

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WASHINGTON (CN) - The National Marine Fisheries Service announced new measures to protect endangered Steller sea lions in Alaska, which reduce some protections already in place. The new regulations are to protect the sea lions under the Endangered Species Act, while also minimizing the economic impact on the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands fisheries, according to the rule published Tuesday.

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CHESTERTOWN — The Kent County Commissioners sent a letter to Maryland Secretary of Natural Resources Joseph Gill requesting a rollback of a proposed 20.5 percent reduction in the bag limit for commercial rockfish.

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A federal judge on Monday ruled in favor of the Pebble mine project and put a temporary halt on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to protect Bristol Bay.
 

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Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) announced on November 20 that she has abandoned the secret negotiations to craft a controversial drought relief bill this year, but said she will try to pass the legislation next year.
 

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GLOUCESTER — Congressman-elect Seth Moulton met with leaders of the Gloucester-based Northeast Seafood Coalition to "listen" and "learn" about the fishing industry — and to take a quick trip on the F/V Jenny G.

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Inside the Industry

The Obama Administration recently announced that it is looking for candidates to be considered for a sustainable fishing prize.

The White House Champion for Change for Sustainable Seafood designation will honor individuals for “contributing to the ongoing recovery of America’s fishing industry and our fishing communities.”

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The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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