National Fisherman


The Phyllis A is looking a little dispirited these days, ensconced in the shadows thrown by the cluster of boats in the storage lot of Gloucester Marine Railways on Rocky Neck.

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An expert in the acoustics of the ocean and an environmental advocate question whether seismic surveys off the N.C. coast for oil and natural gas can be done without harming marine life or interfering with commercial and recreational fishing.

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Who: Joseph Branin

Age: 69

Family: Married, two daughters, one son

Home: Highlands

What he does: General manager of Belford Seafood Co-op for nearly 20 years.

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Each summer, millions of fish return to Bristol Bay, and then swim on to the stream where they were born to spawn, and die. Exactly what compels them to return to the right spot is unknown. But scientists think that some hatchery-raised steelhead in Oregon might hold a clue.

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A Native Hawaiian proposal that calls for the expansion of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument is picking up steam and this week a delegation from the Obama Administration is meeting with stakeholders to discuss the possibility.

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Rules for Atlantic herring are being proposed by New Hampshire Fish and Game to help sustain the populations.

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New Bedford fishing mogul Carlos A. Rafael has been indicted on 27 criminal counts in U.S. District Court, including conspiracy, falsifying federal records and bulk cash smuggling, according to the federal indictment unsealed Monday.

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A handful of Alaska shellfish companies are participating in a seaweed pilot project which, if successful, could be the start of a new commercial seaweed industry in the state.

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New England fishermen got some good news last week when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced plans to scale back the amount of on-board monitoring required of the commercial fleet. However, there is still work to be done.

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The male American lobster is clawing his way toward hegemony. Scientists say his unusually large crusher claw compared with other species can be irresistible to female lobsters and menacing to less-endowed males.

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Inside the Industry

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced last week the sixth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to foster innovations that support sustainable fisheries in the United States. 

The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen and fishing communities while simultaneously rebuilding fish stocks.

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Alaskan Leader Fisheries will give Inmarsat’s new high-speed broadband maritime communications service, Fleet Xpress, a try on the 150-foot longline cod catcher/processor Alaskan Leader.

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