National Fisherman

WITH CODFISH at their lowest level in history, it is hard to give credence to fishermen and political leaders who believe New England's iconic catch would be just fine if only nosy researchers and regulators would get out of the way.

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RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (Cook Islands News, Oct. 11, 2014) – Ministry of Marine Resources Secretary Ben Ponia says a tuna fishing deal hammered out between Pacific Nations and the United States could provide a significant boost in local fisheries revenues.

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The Bristol Bay red king crab season scheduled to get under way Oct. 15 is set for another increase, rising 14 percent, from 8.6 million pounds last season to 10 million pounds this year, including 10 percent for community development quotas.

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When it comes to claws, there could be cause for cheer: Stone-crab season opens Wednesday, with commercial fishermen seeking the legal-size claws that rank as Monroe County's most lucrative harvest after spiny lobster.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Attorney in New Orleans says a Slidell man has pleaded guilty to fraud in connection with a claim he filed related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico BP oil spill.

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Tribal co-management and Chinook bycatch took center stage Tuesday at a subsistence panel at the Association of Village Council Presidents conference.

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A Leamington commercial fishing company and boat captain have pleaded guilty to allowing fish to spoil and have been fined a total of $3,500.

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The Save the Summer Flounder Fishery Fund, in association with the Science Center for Marine Fisheries and the University of Southern Mississippi, has announced it will be funding research into the development of a sex-specific population assessment model to be applied to summer flounder stocks off the Atlantic coast.

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NEW CASTLE – Local fishermen concerned about the implications of offshore wind turbines, members of the public who support the concept of offshore wind in the state and other interested residents are invited to a public hearing in New Castle Oct. 14.
 

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SAN FRANCISCO | State and federal wildlife officials are resorting to installing giant water chillers in some of California's fish hatcheries, as drought, over-allocation of water and climate change all combine this year to make temperatures too warm for some baby salmon and other fish to survive.
 

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14

In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.

Inside the Industry

NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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