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Charlie Baker, the Republican Party's presumptive nominee for governor, recently waded into the debate over lobster fishing regulations, opposing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's new rules for the industry while criticizing Attorney General Martha Coakley for refusing to weigh in on the topic.

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BOSTON – A marketing program aimed at highlighting and promoting the state’s seafood industry is one step closer to launch.
 

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The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has become a cause célèbre for environmentalists nationwide.
 
Southeast Alaska is far less remote and barren — and yet, for some reason its protection is not yet a national issue.
 

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Oyster harvests in some parts of the Gulf of Mexico are at about a third of the level they were before the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill, the Associated Press reported.
 

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Stop us if you’ve heard this one before.
 
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is taking steps to cut back on the harvesting of seafood to address what it claims is a dire need to preserve a marine species.
 
Yet, state lawmakers and those within the seafood industry say the dramatic move is unnecessary, that it is being based on “bad science” and that it will cripple the industry — doing perhaps irreparable harm to fishing communities in the process.
 

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TAMPA, Fla. — The largest red-tide bloom seen in Florida in nearly a decade has killed thousands of fish in the Gulf of Mexico and might pose a greater health threat if it washes ashore as expected in the next two weeks, researchers said.

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It was a study that came out of the blue — a report of an admittedly “unscheduled” NOAA stock assessment that the agency dropped on the fishing world last week, suggesting that Gulf of Maine cod is in even more dire straits than thought.

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Federal fishing regulators are being pushed by a bipartisan lobby to reconsider closing Massachusetts Bay to lobstering from January to May, a move that would affect an area extending from Cape Ann’s southern coastline to Cape Cod’s northern shores.

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The recent announcement of federal disaster relief funds for Maine’s struggling groundfish fleet has generated a lot of talk about options and how best to provide maximum relief for our fishermen.

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On a recent weeklong cruise along the shores of southeast Alaska, the dining room menu included wild salmon, Dungeness crab and sablefish. Many of my fellow 63 passengers had neither heard of nor tasted sable.

No wonder: Almost all of this delectable, nutritious fish caught by Americans is exported, along with about one-third of all our wild catch. Instead, we dine on farmed seafood imported from countries like China, Thailand and Chile; 86 percent of the seafood we consume is imported.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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