National Fisherman

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are a source of pride, ire and debate in coastal communities the world over.

Later this year, NOAA fisheries and the New England Fishery Management Council will make an important decision about MPAs in New England. It has been 16 years since NOAA and the council established fisheries habitat protection areas in our region as required by federal law. After ten years of research, planning and negotiation, decisions will be made this fall about the future of these areas.

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After an unprecedented two extensions, the summer king salmon season for trollers in Southeast is over.

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A parade of boats powering bright lights at night is showing up between Carpinteria and Santa Barbara, very close to shore.

"We have a squid run going on right out in front of Santa Barbara," said Santa Barbara Harbor Operations Manager Mick Kronman.

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TOKYO — MGM Resorts International has scouted the world’s biggest fish market as a potential site for the casino resort it wants to build in Japan, according to two people familiar with the company’s plans.

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MILO — Walking along a forested section of the town’s largely empty business park, David Maynard glances down the railroad tracks toward the Maine coast, some 55 miles away.
 
A proposal to deepen the shipping channel in Searsport would bring good-paying jobs to Milo and other towns in Maine’s economically depressed interior, he says. Those rails could transport wood products to Searsport, where they would be loaded onto ships bound for customers in Europe, he says.
 

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For the last week, from Shugnak all the way down to Kotzebue, people are reporting dead fish washed up on the banks of Northwest Alaska's Kobuk River in astonishing numbers. The fish appear to have been healthy and unspawned. Some have mysterious white welts dotting their backs.
 

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CHURCH CREEK, Md.- Today, a Maryland waterman with a pound net can catch as many menhaden as he or she would like, whether it be 5,000, 15,000, or 20,000 pounds of the bait fish.  But on Friday, that gets cut back to 6,000 pounds a day to protect the species from overfishing.
 

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BAYTOWN, Texas — The U.S. Coast Guard says three crew members have been rescued from an overturned shrimp boat and it will resume a search for a missing man.
 

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Shrimpers lowered their nets as the fall shrimp season opened over the Barataria-Terrebonne marshes Monday afternoon.
 
The inshore white shrimp season opened at 6 p.m. in waters east of the Atchafalaya on what local fish processors call their “money crop.”
 

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More than 2,000 red snapper were released Friday on an artificial reef south of Ship Island.

In a cooperative effort between the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Lab, the fish were spawned at USM's Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center in Ocean Springs nearly three months ago as part of a research program sponsored by MDMR.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14

In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.

Inside the Industry

NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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