National Fisherman


A recent controversial decision to open select scallop grounds off the coast of New England to certain select fishing groups undermines sustainable scallop management, and threatens the future health of one of the region’s most valuable resources.

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New research is shedding light on how far toxic algae blooms have spread in Alaska, and surprised scientists are saying this is just the beginning.

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A new video system will help provide data to better inform management of New England’s beleaguered cod population, say researchers with the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.

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When recreational divers scoured our coastal waters during Florida’s annual two-day “bug-hunting” season in the summer, it got Palm Beach chef Jason Van Bomel thinking.

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Seafood lovers pining to catch, sell and eat fresh crab may have to wait a bit longer after a task force of fishing industry representatives said Tuesday they would prefer to open the commercial Dungeness season only when the spindly crustaceans are deemed safe to eat everywhere in California.

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Fire destroyed a fishing vessel in storage Monday morning in Haines, prompting 20 volunteer firefighters to rush to the scene. The boat, which was not-yet sea-worthy, belonged to Brian O’Reilly who says he’s been working on the project for a long time.

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Shrimpers and biologists surprised the experts last summer by using modified trawl nets that drastically reduced the amount of popular fish caught and discarded.

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NOAA Fisheries has recalibrated its method for determining the requisite sea days of observer coverage for lobster boats, resulting in decreased coverage for Massachusetts-based lobstermen and increased coverage for those based in Maine in the final quarter of this fishing season.

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Originally conceived as a modest cultural reunion for far-flung friends in the commercial fishing fleet, the FisherPoets Gathering now attracts nearly a hundred poets, songwriters and storytellers from both the west and east coasts' commercial fishing communities. On February 26-28, 2016 they will gather in Astoria's pubs, restaurants and galleries to read for each other and hundreds of fans who come to hear the authentic, creative voices of deckhands and skippers, cannery workers and shipwrights, young greenhorns and old timers, strong women and good-looking men.

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Gov. Bill Walker issued an administrative order Tuesday that transfers most functions of the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission into the Department of Fish and Game. A governor’s press release says the reorganization will save the state more than $1.3 million a year.

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Inside the Industry

The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association released their board of directors election results last week.

The BBRSDA’s member-elected volunteer board provides financial and policy guidance for the association and oversees its management. Through their service, BBRSDA board members help determine the future of one of the world’s most dynamic commercial fisheries.

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Former Massachusetts state fishery scientist Steven Correia received the New England Fishery Management Council’s Janice Plante Award of Excellence for 2016 at its meeting last week.

Correia was employed by the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries for over 30 years.

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