National Fisherman


The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) office in Alaska will face Congress Thursday over allegations the agency colluded with locals tribes to purposely block a planned mine project.

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With a 20 mph north wind whipping up whitecaps on Caminada Bay, it’s a Saturday where most small boat owners have second thoughts about venturing from shore. But not Steve Pollock.

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A paddle boarding class in Perth, Australia, had to be cancelled after hundreds of salmon swarmed the waters of the Swan River.

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MMINAMI-SANRIKU, Japan - At the peak of the wakame seaweed harvest in March and April, I visited fishermen in the town of Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture.

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Over the past seven years, we have helped middle-class families start to reclaim their economic security by restoring the basic values that made our country great – including the idea that everyone should play by the same rules.

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On a March afternoon at The Black Whale restaurant on New Bedford’s waterfront, steps away from docked fishing boats, Chris Rezendes signaled to waitstaff as his party gathered for lunch.

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The headstone of legendary Northwest conservationist Billy Frank Jr. is engraved with an admonition. The words are quintessential Billy, and they are decidedly frank. And they ring even truer today than they did before the Nisqually Tribe leader died two years ago.

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“My wife told me to sell the boats,” says Brad Pettinger, a longtime trawl fisherman in the Pacific Northwest. “But I said, honey, who’s gonna buy them? At that time we just didn’t have anything.”

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Forty years ago, the wife of the editor at the local paper for the remote Lofoten islands in Norway’s far north had an idea to boost its tiny circulation. The newspaper started to award a bag of coffee and a certificate to any angler who landed a cod over 30kg (66lb).

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“I would never recommend anyone to work at sea," says a fisherman from Myanmar who lost four fingers in an accident while on a fishing trawler. Despite a difficult life as a fisherman, Tunlin knew he had to be patient if he wanted to survive. "I couldn't give up my life at sea," said the 34-year-old who returned from Ambon Island in Indonesia last year.

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Inside the Industry

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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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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