National Fisherman

The fishing vessel industry fatality rate is 30 times higher than the average of all U.S. industries. To address this, U.S. legislation requires that all new fishing vessels larger than 50 feet must be built to classification rules. DNV GL is the only classification society to develop rules specifically for the U.S. domestic fishing fleet, addressing how fishing vessels are designed, built and maintained for safety.

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Former Defense Secretary William S. Cohen and his firm, The Cohen Group, have been hired by Pebble Limited Partnership to evaluate the fairness of the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent actions in Bristol Bay.

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This question, posed by consumers in restaurants and food markets across the country, has become a ubiquitous catchphrase. It even served as the subject of the very first sketch on IFC’s uber-hipster comedy series “Portlandia.” The bit focused on a cloying couple so concerned with the premortem welfare of the chicken offered on a bistro’s menu that they ditched dinner to ride out to the farm and check the bird’s paperwork.

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During the course of the debate about the proposed Pebble open-pit mine, former Gov. Frank Murkowski has proven one of the most ill-informed supporters of the wildly unpopular project.  His most recent Community Perspective piece in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner attacking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finds him true to form.

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During the course of the debate about the proposed Pebble open-pit mine, former Gov. Frank Murkowski has proven one of the most ill-informed supporters of the wildly unpopular project.  His most recent Community Perspective piece in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner attacking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finds him true to form.

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MARYLAND - In early May, A E Phillips & Son should be bustling with 30 workers that are picking crabs, processing them, and canning the meat. According to general manager, Morgan Tolley, some have done the job for more than 20 years.

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The fates of a migratory shorebird, horseshoe crabs, and the state's oyster industry have converged at the center of a debate over how each should be accommodated where they come together every spring, in New Jersey tidal flats along the Delaware Bay.

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The Winchester Bay waterfront has become full of activity as an Oregon company directs the fishing of sardines, an unknown fishery off the coast there.

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JUNEAU -- Gov. Bill Walker has made a second try at filling a vacant seat on the Alaska Board of Fisheries, this time picking the director of a Kenai Peninsula conservation group for a position traditionally held by members sympathetic to sportfishing interests.

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Last week I got schooled in the proactive side of fisheries management.

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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

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute is partnering with restaurants throughout the region for an Out of the Blue promotion of cape shark, also known as dogfish. Starting Friday, July 3 and running until Sunday, July 12, cape shark will be available at each participating restaurant during the 10-day event. Cape shark is abundant and well deserving of a wider market.



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As a joint Gulf of Mexico states seafood marketing effort sails into the sunset, the program’s Marketing Director has left for a job in the private seafood sector. Joanne McNeely Zaritsky, the former Marketing Director of the Gulf State Marketing Coalition, has joined St. Petersburg, FL based domestic seafood processor Captain’s Fine Foods as its new business development director to promote its USA shrimp product line.

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