National Fisherman


The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council recently voted in favor of a measure to preserve 38,000 miles of deep sea coral habitats off the Eastern Seaboard that are instrumental to New Jersey, according to officials at Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute (UCI).

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WASHINGTON -- A bill aimed at taking down “pirate” fishing by keeping illegally caught fish out of U.S. ports is headed for President Barack Obama’s signature.

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NEWPORT, R.I. -- A Superior Court jury awarded a Little Compton fisherman and his wife about $2.6 million with interest after the fisherman lost his right forearm when it got caught in a winch in April 2013.

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As demand for seafood rises, chefs have their seafood supplier on speed dial. And while species like tuna, cod, and halibut are popular, these days, the daily catch on the blackboard might be something unfamiliar — squirrel fish or the banded rudderfish. Don't be scared off. Most likely it's bycatch or trash fish. While perfectly edible and quite tasty, these fish are so named because they might otherwise be thrown overboard or ground into fishmeal because they aren't the intended catch on commercial fishing boats.

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Crabbers’ fears of a diving quota came true with the third-lowest snow crab harvest limit since 2005.

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An SNP MP has called on the Scottish government to delay its planned introduction later this year of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

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Federal prosecutors have charged a Wrangell father and son who run a family-owned Gulf of Alaska fishing business with fishing thousands of pounds of halibut from one area but reporting their catches came from another.

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BAR HARBOR – The dispute over whether licensed wormers and clammers may pursue their prey on the mudflats of Acadia National Park is on hold while state and federal lawyers sort out who controls the intertidal zone.

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WESTERLY, R.I. — A hired crew from New Jersey was piloting the 60-foot yacht that collided with a small fishing boat off Napatree Point last month, fatally injuring an 81-year-old fisherman from Stonington, Conn., investigators said Tuesday.

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If the fishing industry had a CEO, Dr. Bill Hogarth, Director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO), is convinced he would not last a month. He firmly believes the operating pattern for the whole industry needs to be re-examined and the industry needs to start stepping up to the role of a multi-billion dollar economic powerhouse.

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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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