National Fisherman


High water levels made it difficult for federal and state managers to count salmon all across the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta this year, which can have real effects on salmon management in the area. Aaron Webber, a fish biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, says that high waters can bring more uncertainty to a job that already has plenty of it.

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Giant skates is another fishery that could get underway in Prince William Sound and other regions after more is learned about their life style and habits.

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Hawaii longline industry leaders say they have formed a task force and hired an expert on slavery in response to media reports about human trafficking, forced labor and poor working conditions aboard some of their boats.

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President Barack Obama is certainly sensitive enough to know the difference between, say, Republican Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana and Republican Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts.

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GLOUCESTER — NOAA Fisheries has scheduled a number of public hearings in October and November, including one in Gloucester, to elicit public comment on the proposals for industry-funded monitoring programs for a variety of fisheries.

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A member for four years, John F. Quinn of Dartmouth has been elected chairman of the New England Fishery Management Council, a quasi-government group that develops rules for fisheries operating in federal waters.

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Just ask the rangers at Katmai National Park who are responsible for keeping a hoard of summer tourists safe in country where territorial bears plod grassy trails that overlap with people trails. Streams are full of anglers and big brown tanks vying for the same salmon returning to spawn.

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As Georgia’s shellfish season prepares to open next month, aficionados of the slippery, succulent delicacies have little to worry about, said Dominic Guadagnoli, a marine biologist with the state’s Department of Natural Resources.

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The Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation is kicking off a new project to collect data on black sea bass, a species that has moved north in search of cooler water.

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Louisiana’s fall shrimp season is off to a rocky start, with catch levels far below historic averages and payout amounts stymied by low import prices.

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Inside the Industry

SeaWeb and Diversified Communications are accepting proposals to present at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit up until Friday, September 30.

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Governor Bill Walker has officially requested that the federal government declare a disaster for four Alaska regions hurt by one of the poorest pink salmon returns in decades.

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