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State lawmakers are pushing to end a fishing practice that hauls in millions of dollars a year, puts swordfish on restaurant plates across Southern California, and is reported to kill more whales and dolphins than all other fishing practices combined.
 

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Commercial fishermen have reiterated their disgruntlement with the Columbia River reforms adopted two years ago by the Washington and Oregon fish and wildlife commissions.
 

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When you hear about water users south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta complaining about delta smelt forcing restrictions on water pumping, take it with a grain of salt. A small group of agribusiness interests in the western San Joaquin Valley and their congressional representatives blamed the smelt for water shortages in 2014. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is on record saying there were no restrictions on delta water pumping in 2014 caused by smelt. There were restrictions ordered to keep saltwater from intruding too deeply into the delta where drinking water is taken, and to protect dwindling stocks of salmon hammered by the drought.
 

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Despite concerns over mercury exposure, pregnant women who eat lots of fish may not harm their unborn children, a new study suggests.
 
Alaska Board of Fisheries Chairman Karl Johnstone resigned Tuesday, and a longtime Cook Inlet commercial fisheries advocate has been nominated to replace him.
 

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Gov. Bill Walker continued his remake of state government Tuesday with a string of high-profile appointments and removals of commissioners and appointees who work in fish and game management, the justice system and taxation.
 

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QUINCY - Federal regulators are considering changing new rules on lobster fishing equipment to allow single lobster pots within 3 miles of shore, easing the total ban on such traps scheduled for June 1.
 

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The Bering Sea’s largest fishery opened up on Tuesday afternoon. Pollock crews are gearing up for a potential increase in their harvest -- while still keeping an open mind about what the winter has in store. 
 

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Jonathan Anderson and Captain Herb Sheades, landed what is likely the largest bluefin tuna ever caught off the Carolina coast.  The two commercial fishermen were aboard the Fish Bucket on an early morning run last week.
 

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When Reba Temple was nominated in senior superlatives as “Mariner for Life” by her fellow classmates of 2008, she thought nothing could be further from her future.
But one full-time teaching position at Homer High School, and a handful of years later, Temple is a self-declared “lifetime Mariner.”
 

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

Today Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced legislation to extend a permanent exemption for incidental runoff from small commercial fishing boats.

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The National Working Waterfront Network is now accepting abstracts and session proposals for the next National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium, taking place Nov. 16-19 in Tampa, Fla. The deadline is Tax Day, April 15.

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