National Fisherman


SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Spokane Tribe has received $200,000 to study whether salmon could survive above Grand Coulee and Chief Joseph dams.

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Jean Lavallée said he once watched a Canadian lobsterman overstuff a crate with lobsters, put the wooden lid on top and then smash it down with his foot.

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Nearly a year into a West Coast sardine fishing ban enacted to protect the collapsing population, the fish formerly worth more than $8 million to Oregon’s economy have shown no signs of a comeback.

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How is it that a nominee to the Board of Fisheries can be the subject of outspoken opposition and fail to be confirmed one year, then be confirmed by without so much as a peep of opposition the next?

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Mike Walker, a retired fisherman here, sums up what many in this southern English port town think of the European Union.

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Chile’s salmon industry will have to renegotiate 68% of its outstanding debts this year, setting the stage for tricky renegotiations with banks as companies profits have been sapped by the algal bloom disaster and higher production costs, newspaper Diario Financiero says.

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Ever wonder what eats the salmon that don’t make it back to Bristol Bay? Or what fish are cannibals?

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They are the land mines of the sea, killing long after being forgotten.

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A portion of offshore waters will to shrimping at 6 a.m. April 22, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says.

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When Bayani secured an overseas job in the fishing industry from a broker in his home country of the Philippines, it was about finding work that he was skilled at and enjoyed and that could support his family. He didn’t expect to be forced to fish illegally, to be imprisoned on a fishing boat, or to have his passport and other documents withheld by his employer. Even so, had his family back home been receiving his salary, as he thought was happening, he said he might have kept quiet. But when Bayani learned a third-party was skimming his pay for an alleged debt owed by his employer, he decided to break his silence regardless of the consequences.

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Inside the Industry

The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association released their board of directors election results last week.

The BBRSDA’s member-elected volunteer board provides financial and policy guidance for the association and oversees its management. Through their service, BBRSDA board members help determine the future of one of the world’s most dynamic commercial fisheries.

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Former Massachusetts state fishery scientist Steven Correia received the New England Fishery Management Council’s Janice Plante Award of Excellence for 2016 at its meeting last week.

Correia was employed by the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries for over 30 years.

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