National Fisherman

A repeal of a state turtle-excluder device enforcement prohibition passed Wednesday (April 29) through the state House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment. The bill would repeal state legislation adopted in 1987 that prohibits Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents from enforcing federal turtle-excluder device regulations.

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A diverse group of halibut users is appealing to Alaska's congressional delegation to support their appeal for significant reductions in the incidental catch of these fish in order to allow directed halibut fisheries to remain open and viable.

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The 2015 fishing season was still two days away from its Friday opening, but for Paul Vitale the dawning of the new season didn't seem all that different than the way the desultory 2014 fishing season closed. Deja vu. All over again.

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Maine's American Indian tribes want state officials to come to the table for a potentially wide-reaching agreement about the way the tribes harvest commercial species of fish.

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An unusually large number of whales dining in areas off the West Coast also prized by the fishing industry is contributing to an alarming surge in the number of cetaceans entangled in crabbing gear.

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Thousands lined the shore to send best wishes to the captains of the East Cooper Shrimp Fleet. A procession of decorated shrimping and fishing boats left Shem Creek, heading towards Memorial Waterfront Park.

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Each year more than one third of all the salmon caught in Alaska begin their lives in a hatchery.

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Seattle-based pollock producers say the sinking of a Russian trawler with dozens of fatalities earlier this month raises disturbing questions about a Sea of Okhotsk fishery that has a sustainable fishing certification through the Marine Stewardship Council.

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Catch limits set to take effect this week will take a bite out of an industry that dates back to America's Colonial past: New England cod.

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The art of hand repairing fishing nets is something every commercial fishing family used to know, when the fishing industry dominated small Washington Island, north of Door County. Today, one man is keeping that tradition alive.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

SeaShare, a non-profit organization that facilitates donations of seafood to feed the hungry, announced on Wednesday, July 29 that it had partnered up with Alaska seafood companies, freight companies and the Coast Guard, to coordinate the donation and delivery of 21,000 pounds of halibut to remote villages in western Alaska. 

On Wednesday, the Coast Guard loaded 21,000 pounds of donated halibut on its C130 airplane in Kodiak and made the 634-mile flight to Nome.

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The New England Fishery Management Council  is soliciting applications for seats on the Northeast Trawl Survey Advisory Panel and the deadline to apply is July 31 at 5:00 p.m.

The panel will consist of 16 members including members of the councils and the Atlantic States Fishery Commission, industry experts, non-federal scientists and Northeast Fisheries Science Center scientists. Panel members are expected to serve for three years.

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