National Fisherman

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Administrator Kathryn Sullivan kicked off the annual SeaWeb Seafood Summit in New Orleans on Monday (Feb. 9), highlighting the importance of improving seafood sustainability by focusing on "societal, economic and ecological resilience."
 

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Why wait for people to get sick from a foodborne illness when you can prevent it from happening in the first place?
 

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In late 2014, fishery regulators announced that for the second consecutive year, there would be no shrimp fishery in the Gulf of Maine this winter. The culprit? Principally, warming ocean waters caused by global climate change.
 

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Victoria, B.C. – The Mount Polley Independent Expert Engineering Investigation and Review Panel recently delivered a Final Report on its investigation into the cause of the failure of the tailings storage facility at the Mount Polley Mine on August 4, 2014. The report was delivered to the Ministry of Energy and Mines, the T’exelc First Nation (Williams Lake Indian Band) and the Xat’sull First Nation (Soda Creek Indian Band). The report also contains recommendations on actions that can be taken to ensure a similar failure does not occur at other mine sites in B.C.
 

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The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries continues to operate on a budget raided by the state legislature of $600,000 six months after Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law a Joint Enforcement Agreement that would earn the state’s saltwater management agency that amount in federal assistance.
 
Maine’s scallop fishermen are benefiting from a new management system that has made scallops more plentiful along the ocean bottom off Maine’s coast, particularly in the rich scallop beds Down East.
 

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CORPUS CHRISTI (AP) -- Four people have been rescued from a sinking boat near South Padre Island shortly after it was spotted fishing illegally in U.S. waters.
 
NEW BEDFORD — The website for the Canadian Carino Co. (www.carino.ca) is simple and elegant. The name translates to "We care," we learn.
 
LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) - Federal officials are considering a plan to spray vegetable oil on cormorant eggs in an effort to save Columbia River salmon. That would reduce the size of the black seabird colony on East Sand Island.
    
What looks like a water-purification business to many people transiting the Cape May Canal by boat is actually a research facility.
 

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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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