National Fisherman

Motoring into Penobscot Bay under the still-starry August sky at 5 a.m., it’s easy to understand why the lobsters beckon to Frank Gotwals. The water glistens. The quiet is encompassing, pierced only by the squawk of gulls and rumbling motors. The burnt orange sunrise washes through the sky, revealing panoramic views of a summer day tourists wait all year for.
 

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Two leading Alaska Native tribal organizations on Wednesday petitioned the federal government to dramatically lower the cap on the number of king salmon that Bering Sea commercial fishermen can harvest as bycatch in order to protect the fish.
 

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Federal regulators recommended a host of emergency restrictions to protect the Gulf of Maine's declining cod fishery on Wednesday, including expansions to existing inshore spawning closures.
 

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VALDEZ - A powerful explosion destroyed a commercial  fishing boat in Valdez Wednesday night.
 
According to the Coast Guard it happened around 8:00 p.m. on the fishing boat "Fireman"

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Something odd is happening in Northern Pacific waters: They’re heating up. In fact, it hasn’t been this warm in parts of the Gulf of Alaska for this long since researchers began tracking surface water temperatures in the 1980s, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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SOUTH PORTLAND – A key federal panel is set to make a recommendation about the future of the Gulf of Maine’s declining cod fish stock.

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The late NWIFC chairman Billy Frank Jr. left us all many lessons during his time on this earth. One of the most important was also one of the simplest: “Tell the truth.”

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The South Georgia Patagonian toothfish longline fishery has been certified as a sustainable and well managed fishery for the third time. - See more at: http://www.worldfishing.net/news101/industry-news/toothfish-fishery-recertified#sthash.qzAKpjad.dpuf
The South Georgia Patagonian toothfish longline fishery has been certified as a sustainable and well managed fishery for the third time. - See more at: http://www.worldfishing.net/news101/industry-news/toothfish-fishery-recertified#sthash.qzAKpjad.dpuf

The South Georgia Patagonian toothfish longline fishery has been certified as a sustainable and well managed fishery for the third time.

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St. Jude Farms sits on the South Edisto River portion of the ACE Basin. The two-year-old seafood outfit is one of the first South Carolina companies to test out the sterile triploid oysters, or oysters with three sets of chromosomes.

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Tim Broderick was the captain of the 55-foot fishing dragger Four Kids, and for five seasons he’d go out into Vineyard Sound and pull nets to harvest fluke. But over the years fishing has become harder and not as profitable. This summer he sold the dragger to Stanley Larsen of Menemsha Fish Market. 
 

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14

In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.

Inside the Industry

NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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