National Fisherman

APALACHICOLA — It wasn’t long ago when Apalachicola Bay oyster boats could fill the daily catch limit of 20 10-gallon buckets easily.

Today, they struggle to fill two.

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In a major turnaround that argues for strong fisheries management, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s trusted Seafood Watch program has upgraded the status of 21 commercially important fish, including most species of Pacific rockfish in a report released Tuesday.

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FRIENDSHIP, Maine — Imagine Cape Cod without cod. Maine without lobster. The region's famous rocky beaches invisible, obscured by constant high waters.

It's already starting to happen. The culprit is the warming seas — and in particular the Gulf of Maine, whose waters are heating up faster than 99 percent of the world's oceans, scientists say.

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GRANTS PASS — Oregon’s state Board of Forestry is working on balancing a healthy timber industry with healthy salmon runs.

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A prominent commercial fisherman from Guilford who was found not guilty earlier this year of poaching clams from another person's state-leased shellfish bed is now suing the state inspectors who arrested him.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Friday, the Calif. State Senate gave final legislative approval to Senate Bill 1138. The bill, by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), addresses the growing problem of seafood mislabeling. The bill now goes to Governor Brown for his consideration.
 

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Tighter conservation measures for striped bass are on the table for discussion this month as fisheries managers and fishermen continue to grapple with a worrisome decline in the popular saltwater sport fish.
 

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Thousands of fishing traps are lost or abandoned each year in United States waters, including the Florida Keys, but continue still to catch marine life such as spiny lobster.
 

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KENAI, Alaska - Municipalities across the Kenai Peninsula are slated to consider asking the Alaska Board of Fisheries hold the 2017 Upper Cook Inlet Finfish meetings on the Kenai Peninsula.
 

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MOREHEAD CITY | The commercial red drum season reopened this week in North Carolina coastal waters but with stricter harvest limits than last year.
 

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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