National Fisherman

The fishing sector-based proposal to remove some of the most restrictive emergency cod measures in the Gulf of Maine, initially rejected by NOAA Fisheries, is back in play.

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The North Pacific Fishery Management Council had more to think about than just halibut at its February meeting in Seattle Feb. 4-10.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game released preseason emergency orders managing early-run king salmon in many of the waters of Cook Inlet and the Kenai Peninsula for the 2015 season.

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OLYMPIC PENINSULA, Wash. — Many eyes have been on the Quinault Indian Nation as it tests technology that could help dramatically improve rule enforcement in Washington’s $62 million commercial crab fishery.

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ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. — A national marine sanctuary is proposed off Florida's East Coast.
 

The owner and CEO of a Westbury-based seafood marketing company allegedly sold more than $100,000 in fresh fish and shellfish to Long Island restaurants without proper licenses and permits, authorities said.

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The boats fishing for Pacific cod with pots in the central Gulf of Alaska federal season finally wrapped up their 17.9 million pound quota Monday, a few days later than last year, but the trawl fleet is still fishing with only 30 percent of their 9,600-ton quota caught.
 

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More than 80 fishermen expressed their points of view on primarily recreational fishing quotas, proposed regulation options and user group proposals on Monday night at the URI Bay Campus. 
 

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JUNEAU - A recent review says changes may be needed at the commission that regulates commercial fisheries participation.
 

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For the past five years, coho salmon smolt specifically released for Whittier Harbor and Passage Canal have failed to return as adults. Other nearby coho salmon fisheries in Prince William Sound, which have the same smolt, have not experienced the same declines in returning adult coho.
 

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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

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is required by state statute to appoint someone to the Board of Fisheries by today, Tuesday, May 19. However, his efforts to fill the seat have gone unfulfilled since he took office in January. The seven-member board serves as an in-state fishery management council for fisheries in state waters.

The resignation of Walker’s director of Boards and Commissions, Karen Gillis, fanned the flames of controversy late last week.

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Keith Decker, president and COO of High Liner Foods, will take over for the outgoing CEO, Harry Demone, who will assume the role as chairman of the board of directors. The Lunenburg, Nova Scotia-based seafood supplier boasts sales in excess of $310 million (American) for the first quarter of the year.

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