National Fisherman


NEW BEDFORD — The thrum of the boat’s engine was audible last fall as local scalloper Rick Lynch, 44, talked frankly about his personal experiences and observations of drug use on New Bedford's waterfront, now and nearly 30 years ago.

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Recreational anglers took a day off fishing for spring Chinook on March 29, but that didn’t give the fish a rest as the day-long gap was filled by nine hours of commercial gillnetting. Anglers were back fishing Wednesday morning, March 30.

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Last November, four years after the federal government closed its Atlantic salmon restoration program for the Connecticut River, along came a minor miracle: the discovery of three nests of wild salmon eggs on the lower Farmington River, a tributary of the mighty Connecticut.

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A meeting on April 1 at the Phuket's Sapan Pla fishing port was told that the new fishing license requirements, which stipulate that all operators of commercial fishing vessels equal to or larger than 10 gross tonnes, must possess a new E-license from April 2, 2016, or else face stiff penalties.

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In the international world of seafood exporting, you never know what may end up where.

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Nearly a dozen fishing and environmental groups have filed suit against the Food and Drug Administration in an effort to block its recent approval of genetically modified salmon.

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The following is a press release from the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance:

(Galveston, TX): Despite overwhelming public opposition and numerous fatal legal flaws, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has approved a measure that permanently strips commercial fishermen and seafood consumers of over a third of a million pounds of red snapper from the Gulf of Mexico every year.

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Over the past 40 years, some lobstermen in South Thomaston, Maine, say that they could "set their watches" by the start of the lobster shedding event each season. In 2012, though, extreme warm ocean temperatures—an ocean heat wave—combined with early and repeated lobster shedding. The obvious changes in lobsters during this event galvanized many lobstermen to take the impacts of climate change seriously.

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Working as both a biologist and a fisherman, David Goethel brings a unique perspective to the state and federal fishery management boards he’s an adviser on.

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A lobster boat with a long history of plying the waters around the Friendship peninsula will stay in the fishing community, changing hands from one generation to another, thanks to a generous donation.

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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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