National Fisherman


A commercial fisherman from Levittown has been sentenced to 7 months in prison for his role in a scheme to underreport his fishing catch to take some $632,000 in illegal fluke.

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B.C.’s crab fishermen are waiting to see if demand picks up for their catch as the presence of an algae-borne toxin postpones much of California’s crab fishing.

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This sleepy coastal town of 10,000 people along California's Central Coast is known for its fishing fleet, nearby Hearst Castle and Morro Rock, a craggy 581-foot-tall monolith that dominates the views to the ocean.

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The Pebble Limited Partnership’s counterattack against the Environmental Protection Agency moved to the U.S. Capitol this week, where congressional Republicans targeted what they called the agency’s “predetermined” and “preemptive” effort to halt the controversial Alaska mine.

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Gov. Charlie Baker today directly addressed his concerns to President Obama about the potential designation of one or more National Marine Monuments off the coast of New England, saying the process has lacked stakeholder involvement and threatens to undermine existing fishery management systems.

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The authorities in California are advising people to avoid consumption of crabs contaminated by a natural toxin that has spread throughout the marine ecosystem off the West Coast, killing sea mammals and poisoning various other species.

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Seafood producers were hoping U.S. consumers would have cheaper salmon this year, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

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The life of a lobster catcher is tough at this time of year. But boat owners working off the Devon coast are complaining that they are now having to contend not only with choppy water and chilly winds but also German naval vessels.

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Commercial fishermen off the coast of New Jersey will be able to continue to access portions of two artificial reefs, and a new reef is to be constructed for the exclusive use of recreational fishing, under regulations announced Wednesday by the state Department of Environmental Protection.

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Whether we like it or not, mining and fishing are connected over and over again in Alaska. Between the proposed Pebble mine in Bristol Bay and the new mines coming online in British Columbia in watersheds that feed into Southeast Alaska streams and waters, it’s hard to address one issue without the other.

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Inside the Industry

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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