National Fisherman

NEW BEDFORD — Approximately 130 groundfishing permit holders are expected to qualify for disaster aid announced Wednesday, splitting up $3.8 million among them with different, catch-based rates. That's only one group of potential recipients of an $8.3 million round of disaster money destined for the Massachusetts industry.

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Federal regulators are deciding the scope of a management plan for thousands of square miles of fishing grounds off New England that has deeply divided fishermen and conservationists.

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A big snow crab harvest kept Bering Sea fishermen hard at work through the holidays. Now, it’s overshadowing the start of a major groundfish season, too.

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Few fish have to swim through more red tape than the Pacific halibut.

Halibut has been governed by two regulatory bodies for more than 40 years, and 2015 will hopefully see an increase in mutual understanding between the two, as well as a welcome public display of cooperation.

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KOROR CITY, Palau — In the early days of his dive shop, cradled by an ocean flush with giant clams, Sam Scott and his crew became known for agitating against Chinese vessels and their hauls of shark fins.

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2015 is going to be a much tougher year than expected in the seafood industry. This was brought home this morning by headlines about economic turmoil in Europe. 

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Massachusetts' two U.S. senators didn't waste much time in the New Year before demanding answers from NOAA on the unscheduled stock assessment last summer that led to the effective shuttering of cod fishing in the Gulf of Maine and other fishery management issues.
 

The third of four Maryland watermen involved in a vast striped bass poaching scheme was sentenced in federal court Wednesday, with the judge saying he wanted to send a message about the seriousness of the crime.

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Coast Guard crews are searching for an overdue Big Coppitt Key commercial fish dealer who pleaded guilty in an illegal spiny lobster harvesting case last month.
 
NEW BEDFORD — The long-awaited Round 2 of federal fisheries disaster relief was announced Wednesday, an $8.3 million pot to be distributed among industry members other than the permit holders who benefited from the first round of aid.
 

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

Today Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced legislation to extend a permanent exemption for incidental runoff from small commercial fishing boats.

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The National Working Waterfront Network is now accepting abstracts and session proposals for the next National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium, taking place Nov. 16-19 in Tampa, Fla. The deadline is Tax Day, April 15.

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