National Fisherman

A truck accident became an all-you-can-eat free-for-all this week when a vehicle spilled a load of live crabs in the street, and passersby made off with all of them.

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It might seem odd: Cuban fisheries managers and scientists seated around a table in this fabled but faded Cape Cod fishing port, sharing their stories of managing crocodiles, manatees and reef fish while trying to absorb the successes and failures of the New England fisheries.

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ST. GEORGE ISLAND — More than 100 dead red drum washed up on the east end of St. George Island earlier this month.

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Fishing vessels between 40 and 57.5 feet in length will carry marine observers on a trip-by-trip basis next year under a change recommended by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

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They say it's a lot like a cat and mouse game. Out on the choppy waters of the James River one recent morning, Virginia Marine Police watched and waited for watermen to make their way out to the oyster beds.

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Last week was the first summer flounder (fluke) "scoping" meeting for me and many others. The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), both responsible for managing summer flounder in our State, held a summer flounder scoping meeting.

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After two years of meager harvests, the forecast for this year's stone crab catch is cautiously upbeat, though prices likely will remain high.

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YARMOUTH — Some recent convictions for lobster fishing violations in southwestern Nova Scotia involved fishermen who, in addition to being fined, are also prohibited from fishing for different lengths of time next season.

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The bluefin tuna fishing off the coast of Cape Ann in the last half-dozen days has been — sorry, there’s no other word for it — wicked. As in wicked good. As in the best tuna bite in almost a decade.
 

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State Representative David Gomberg expressed his disappointment in hearing that the Coast Guard decision for stopping helo service in Newport has been made and won’t likely change. They have been given orders locally from the head office in Washington D.C. that they will shut down the helicopter service out of Newport on November 30th.
 
 

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 1/13/15

In this episode:

Council hosts public hearing on Cashes Ledge
Report assesses Chesapeake water, fisheries
Warmer waters shake up Jersey fishing
North Pacific observer program altered for 2015
Woman aims to crowdsource lobstering career

National Fisherman Live: 12/30/14

In this episode, Michael Crowley, National Fisherman's Boats & Gear editor, interviews Chelsea Woodward, an engineer working with the NIOSH Alaska Pacific Office to design static guards for main drum winches used in the side trawl fishery in the Gulf of Mexico.

Inside the Industry

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is still seeking public review and comment on the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management Conformance Criteria (Version 1.2, September 2011). The public review and comment period, which opened on Dec. 3, 2014, runs through Monday, Feb. 3.

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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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