National Fisherman

A diverse group of halibut users is appealing to Alaska's congressional delegation to support their appeal for significant reductions in the incidental catch of these fish in order to allow directed halibut fisheries to remain open and viable.

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The 2015 fishing season was still two days away from its Friday opening, but for Paul Vitale the dawning of the new season didn't seem all that different than the way the desultory 2014 fishing season closed. Deja vu. All over again.

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Maine's American Indian tribes want state officials to come to the table for a potentially wide-reaching agreement about the way the tribes harvest commercial species of fish.

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An unusually large number of whales dining in areas off the West Coast also prized by the fishing industry is contributing to an alarming surge in the number of cetaceans entangled in crabbing gear.

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Thousands lined the shore to send best wishes to the captains of the East Cooper Shrimp Fleet. A procession of decorated shrimping and fishing boats left Shem Creek, heading towards Memorial Waterfront Park.

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Each year more than one third of all the salmon caught in Alaska begin their lives in a hatchery.

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Seattle-based pollock producers say the sinking of a Russian trawler with dozens of fatalities earlier this month raises disturbing questions about a Sea of Okhotsk fishery that has a sustainable fishing certification through the Marine Stewardship Council.

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Catch limits set to take effect this week will take a bite out of an industry that dates back to America's Colonial past: New England cod.

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The art of hand repairing fishing nets is something every commercial fishing family used to know, when the fishing industry dominated small Washington Island, north of Door County. Today, one man is keeping that tradition alive.

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For the second straight year, a harsh winter killed more than a quarter of adult blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay.

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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

The National Marine Educators Association has partnered with NOAA this year to offer all conference attendees an educational session on how free NOAA data can add functionality to navigation systems and maritime apps.

Session topics include nautical charts, tides and currents, seafloor data, buoy networking and weather, among others.

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NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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