National Fisherman


Chile’s salmon industry will have to renegotiate 68% of its outstanding debts this year, setting the stage for tricky renegotiations with banks as companies profits have been sapped by the algal bloom disaster and higher production costs, newspaper Diario Financiero says.

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Ever wonder what eats the salmon that don’t make it back to Bristol Bay? Or what fish are cannibals?

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They are the land mines of the sea, killing long after being forgotten.

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A portion of offshore waters will to shrimping at 6 a.m. April 22, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says.

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When Bayani secured an overseas job in the fishing industry from a broker in his home country of the Philippines, it was about finding work that he was skilled at and enjoyed and that could support his family. He didn’t expect to be forced to fish illegally, to be imprisoned on a fishing boat, or to have his passport and other documents withheld by his employer. Even so, had his family back home been receiving his salary, as he thought was happening, he said he might have kept quiet. But when Bayani learned a third-party was skimming his pay for an alleged debt owed by his employer, he decided to break his silence regardless of the consequences.

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The U.S. State Department is adding its muscle to help resolve an impending trade dispute between exporters of live Maine lobsters and the European Union.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A diverse panel of New England fishing experts, from a top federal administrator to a seasoned commercial fishing captain who says the scent of burnt coffee has replaced the smell of fish in his home port, gathered Thursday evening and tried to answer one question.

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First, there was no crab in the cook pot. Now the grill may be left short of salmon.

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El Niño is quickly fading. Sea surface temperatures are coming down in the tropical Pacific, and winds in the region have weakened. History tells us, and forecast models predict, that La Niña conditions will be quick on its heels.

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Only a handful of boats are still out hauling crab pots from the Bering Sea and they can be sure of a good price for their catch.

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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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