National Fisherman

Proposals for managing the southern flounder fishery, including a possible gill net ban, has both sides of the issue gathering forces in advance of Wednesday’s public hearing.

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EVERETT — A massive earth-moving project to transform low-lying farmland along the Snohomish River delta into salmon habitat could break ground in August, after more than a decade of preparation.

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PORTLAND, Maine — Regulators are one step closer to establishing a limited shrimp fishery in the Gulf of Maine.

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Though federal investigators have yet to pinpoint the precise cause of last month’s Santa Barbara oil spill, the basic story is becoming less and less mysterious.

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Twenty minutes before the San Diego Tuna Harbor Dockside Market was set to open, the line was 75 people deep and starting to curl past the pier. The crowd here last Saturday didn't come for the local sand dabs or trap-caught black cod. They were bargain hunters looking to score freshly caught, whole Pacific bluefin tuna for the unbelievably low price of only $2.99 a pound.

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Louisiana's oyster industry is eagerly awaiting the first season of production at the state's new $3 million oyster hatchery on Grand Isle.

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BETHEL — King salmon are starting to arrive along Western Alaska’s two major rivers, and amid deep worries about the cherished but troubled runs, hints of hope are emerging.

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This week, pictures of the badly corroded pipeline responsible for spilling more than 100,000 gallons of oil along the south coast were finally released.

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NEW BEDFORD — Members of New Bedford’s historic fishing industry stepped firmly into the city’s casino debate Wednesday night, voicing opposition and raising concerns about the $650 million waterfront proposal during a passionate forum at the Zeiterion, where strong support for the development also was heard from many attendees.

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It’s not just how much you catch. It’s how you catch it.

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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

NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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Alaskans will meet with British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, when he visits Juneau next week and will ask him to support an international review of mine developments in northwest British Columbia, upstream from Southeast Alaska along the Taku, Stikine and Unuk transboundary rivers.

Some Alaska fishing and environmental groups believe an international review is the best way to develop specific, binding commitments to ensure clean water, salmon, jobs and traditional and customary practices are not harmed by British Columbia mines and that adequate financial assurances are in place up front to cover long-term monitoring and compensation for damages.

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