National Fisherman


Beachcombing is serious business for Chris Pallister, and he needed help sorting the haul this year.

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The tangled, writhing pile at the back of the Flat Island Venture was transferred one armload at a time into weathered, plastic tubs. Hands in thick, waterproof gloves dug in, over and over, filling the containers with crab and ice, stacking them, making short towers plucked up ashore by a dockside crane.

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In 2011, a group of men from the Isle of Wight was given a combined 104-year prison sentence for masterminding a £53m drug smuggling operation. Does new evidence suggest they were innocent?

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The Pew Charitable Trusts on Monday urged the Obama administration to impose a two-year ban on commercial fishing of Pacific bluefin tuna in order to prevent the species from collapsing.

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A 28-year-old lobsterman died after falling overboard Saturday off Jonesport, the Coast Guard said.

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The impact of falling oil prices in Alaska, which has seemed for many residents like a distant worry until now, is about to land. The turning point came on Friday, when the State House of Representatives, meeting at the Capitol in Juneau in the fifth special session since last summer, failed to override a line-item veto of the budget by Gov. Bill Walker.

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The decision by the Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries to alter its maximum allowed biomass (MAB) rule has received a lukewarm response from some of the country’s salmon farmers.

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It has surprised me that several notable Hawaiian leaders joined conservation advocates to help trigger the request to President Obama to expand the boundaries of the Papahanaumokuakea National Marine Monument in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands. I assume it means that they endorse the conservation model that underpins the global initiative to place 30 percent of the world’s oceans into marine reserves.

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Processing the 20 to 40 million sockeye harvested in about a month each summer is no small feat. And while the Bristol Bay salmon fishery has come a long way from the hey-days of canneries, there are more improvements to come.

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As the lobster bait shortage on the US east coast continues to attract more attention — recently prompting regulation changes in on the east coast  — a North Carolina-based synthetic bait startup is in a good position to fill the gap in bait supply.

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Inside the Industry

Pat Fiorelli, the long-serving public affairs officer for the New England Fishery Management Council, will step down at the end of July.

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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced last week the sixth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to foster innovations that support sustainable fisheries in the United States. 

The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen and fishing communities while simultaneously rebuilding fish stocks.

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