National Fisherman

Federal regulators plan to designate more than 700 miles of beach from North Carolina to Mississippi — including most of Brevard County's shoreline, as well as large swaths of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico — as "critical habitat" for threatened loggerhead sea turtles.
 

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Southeast Alaska’s Pacific herring populations seem to be on the rebound, but even in fisheries regarded as healthy, some contend herring are significantly depleted from historical levels indicated by archaeological records and cultural memory.
 

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This year’s sockeye run to Bristol Bay has exceeded the preseason forecast and 2 of the organizations that follow the run are projecting that there are several million fish still to come.

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Sensing an opportunity to get it passed, Sen. Mary Landrieu has transformed a red-snapper bill she proposed a year ago into an amendment to the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act being considered by the U.S. Senate this week.

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Like a shambling zombie reanimated from the grave, a proposal to build Oregon Inlet jetties is once more with us. This, after an almost three-decade-long debate that ended with the “final” rejection of the jetties in 2002.

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As the Kuskokwim River king salmon run comes to an end, the Department of Fish and Game is looking toward a commercial chum opening in the lower river Friday. But in a year with unprecedented chinook restrictions and increased reliance on chum salmon, many middle river fisherman say it’s too early.

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BALTIMORE — Nothing seems to identify Maryland cuisine more than the blue crab, but a tough start to the season has made way for a lot of foreign crab being used that many might have thought was local.

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The Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2014 will be debated on the floor of the Senate this week, and Sen. David Vitter has added two amendments that will impact Gulf of Mexico red-snapper anglers if the bill passes.
 

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Commercial fishermen continue to harvest huge amounts of sockeye as the total run to Bristol Bay has exceeded 30 million. Monday’s sockeye harvest was just over 1 million sockeye. That pushes the season total to over 21.1 million.
 

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The National Marine Fisheries Service is also working to improve its data on the impacts of recreational fishing. The agency recently announced corrections to its “Fisheries Economics of the United States 2012” report.
 

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 10/21/14

In this episode:

North Pacific Council adjusts observer program
Fishermen: bluefin fishing best in 10 years
Catch limit raised for Bristol Bay red king crab
Canadian fishermen fight over lobster size rules
River conference addresses Dead Zone cleanup

National Fisherman Live: 10/7/14

In this episode, National Fisherman Publisher Jerry Fraser talks about the 1929 dragger Vandal.

 

Inside the Industry

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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The Golden Gate Salmon Association will host its 4th Annual Marin County Dinner at Marin Catholic High School, 675 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Kentfield on Friday, Oct 10, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.

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