National Fisherman


Funky-colored lobsters. Fishermen along Maine’s coast seem to be bringing in a lot more of the eye-catching crustaceans.

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The Fraser River’s sockeye run is being hailed as exceptional by fisheries experts even though there is considerable doubt about how many millions of salmon remain at sea and how many of those fish should be caught.
 

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Motoring into Penobscot Bay under the still-starry August sky at 5 a.m., it’s easy to understand why the lobsters beckon to Frank Gotwals. The water glistens. The quiet is encompassing, pierced only by the squawk of gulls and rumbling motors. The burnt orange sunrise washes through the sky, revealing panoramic views of a summer day tourists wait all year for.
 

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Two leading Alaska Native tribal organizations on Wednesday petitioned the federal government to dramatically lower the cap on the number of king salmon that Bering Sea commercial fishermen can harvest as bycatch in order to protect the fish.
 

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Federal regulators recommended a host of emergency restrictions to protect the Gulf of Maine's declining cod fishery on Wednesday, including expansions to existing inshore spawning closures.
 

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VALDEZ - A powerful explosion destroyed a commercial  fishing boat in Valdez Wednesday night.
 
According to the Coast Guard it happened around 8:00 p.m. on the fishing boat "Fireman"

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Something odd is happening in Northern Pacific waters: They’re heating up. In fact, it hasn’t been this warm in parts of the Gulf of Alaska for this long since researchers began tracking surface water temperatures in the 1980s, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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SOUTH PORTLAND – A key federal panel is set to make a recommendation about the future of the Gulf of Maine’s declining cod fish stock.

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The late NWIFC chairman Billy Frank Jr. left us all many lessons during his time on this earth. One of the most important was also one of the simplest: “Tell the truth.”

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The South Georgia Patagonian toothfish longline fishery has been certified as a sustainable and well managed fishery for the third time. - See more at: http://www.worldfishing.net/news101/industry-news/toothfish-fishery-recertified#sthash.qzAKpjad.dpuf
The South Georgia Patagonian toothfish longline fishery has been certified as a sustainable and well managed fishery for the third time. - See more at: http://www.worldfishing.net/news101/industry-news/toothfish-fishery-recertified#sthash.qzAKpjad.dpuf

The South Georgia Patagonian toothfish longline fishery has been certified as a sustainable and well managed fishery for the third time.

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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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