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At first she was surprised. Then she was disturbed. Now she’s a little alarmed. Each time a different batch of male fish with eggs in their testes shows up in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, Vicki Blazer’s eyebrows arch a bit higher.
 

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Members of Congress from Maryland and Virginia want the Obama administration to make sure its work to fight seafood fraud includes language to combat what they say is the mislabeling of crab meat. But the main seafood industry trade association is against the idea, saying existing laws are strong enough to deal with the problems fish fraud poses.
 
Supporters of stronger crab labeling rules say lump crab imported from foreign countries is repacked at facilities in the United States and then labeled as a “product of the United States.” They say this is deceptive and harmful to Americans harvesting blue crab from the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. “As a result, domestically harvested crabmeat is competing against less expensive foreign crabmeat fraudulently labeled as a ‘product of the United States.’ Deceptive labeling misleads consumers and threatens the livelihood of the watermen in our states,” said the letter to President Barack Obama from U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.).
 
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For the second consecutive week, it’s “wait and see” for fishermen who are eager or anxious for the next commercial opening on Kuskokwim River.
 

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Suppliers in Louisiana have been buying oysters from other Gulf and East Coast states to keep up with demand, due to the US state’s historically low oyster production this year, reported the Daily Comet.
 

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Too often, environmental groups, regulators and fishermen find themselves cast in antagonistic roles on marine issues. Prolonged legal and regulatory battles frequently top headlines, while successful conservation partnerships go unheralded. The Chesapeake Bay, long plagued by problems like pollution and runoff, is benefitting from one such partnership. Regional fishermen, government agencies and environmental groups are cooperating to restore the Bay’s iconic oyster fishery. It’s one of the best examples of how an effective public-private partnership works toward building a sustainable fishery and a better environment.
 

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Voters could be asked to decide whether to ban setnets in certain parts of Alaska under a court decision issued July 23.
 

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The newest draft of the Magnuson-Stevens Act proposes changes to fisheries management including new fees, sustainability standards, and a possible national marketing effort.
 

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TRURO, Mass. - It is summer on Cape Cod. The weather is warm, the beaches are crowded. And the seafood? They're fighting over it.
 

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- A federal agency said Wednesday it will release extra water into Northern California's Klamath and Trinity rivers once salmon start dying from drought-related disease, but not before.
 

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While salmon is still the main species that pollock fishermen are trying to avoid taking as bycatch this summer, there’s another creature that’s been causing problems in the Bering Sea.
 

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 10/21/14

In this episode:

North Pacific Council adjusts observer program
Fishermen: bluefin fishing best in 10 years
Catch limit raised for Bristol Bay red king crab
Canadian fishermen fight over lobster size rules
River conference addresses Dead Zone cleanup

National Fisherman Live: 10/7/14

In this episode, National Fisherman Publisher Jerry Fraser talks about the 1929 dragger Vandal.

 

Inside the Industry

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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The Golden Gate Salmon Association will host its 4th Annual Marin County Dinner at Marin Catholic High School, 675 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Kentfield on Friday, Oct 10, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.

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