National Fisherman


Two big fish stories have been spawned so far by the 2016 Alaska salmon season: 1) sockeyes save the day; and 2) colossal pinks.

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Nations selling seafood to the U.S. must maintain higher standards for protecting whales, dolphins and other marine mammals, according to new regulations announced Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Nitrogen-rich agricultural runoff into the Chesapeake Bay presents an ongoing environmental and economic concern for the bay's massive watershed. Pollution from fertilizer application feeds algal blooms that poison humans and marine life, and devastate fisheries.

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About 50 exasperated, even angry, commercial fishermen gathered Monday to meet the new director of the North Carolina agency that governs how these watermen make a living.

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PORT TOWNSEND — Scientists have called on the public to help monitor shorelines for an invasive species of crab over the summer.

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The announcement from NOAA on Tuesday that they will begin to transition the Northeast Fisheries Science Center’s bottom trawl surveys from their research ship, the Henry B. Bigelow, to fishing industry vessels is a cause for celebration on the waterfront and represents a real opportunity to get the fishing industry in New England out of disaster mode. It is a bold decision but it is undoubtedly the correct one and, from an industry perspective, one that is long overdue.

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The city and its fishing community could benefit from a $25 million bond authorization to assist the state's Designated Port Areas — but only if Gov. Charlie Baker signs the bill and includes the money in his capital spending program.

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As a lifelong Maryland resident, Stephanie Hall has eaten plenty of oysters. But she'd never shucked one herself until she received a share of the shelled mollusks from Old Line Fish Co. this summer.

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A man saved a manatee after it got tangled in the rope of a crab trap in Safety Harbor and it was all caught on video.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Forage fish are considered the lifeblood of the ocean's food web, yet in the Atlantic Ocean off America's Eastern Seaboard they have gone unmanaged, with no regulations on how much can be caught. The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council voted Monday to change that, setting in motion a proactive plan for protecting more than 50 forage species.

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Inside the Industry

The Obama Administration recently announced that it is looking for candidates to be considered for a sustainable fishing prize.

The White House Champion for Change for Sustainable Seafood designation will honor individuals for “contributing to the ongoing recovery of America’s fishing industry and our fishing communities.”

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The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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