National Fisherman


TOKYO — The latest scientific assessment paints a likely bleak future for the Pacific bluefin tuna, a sushi lovers' favorite whose population has dropped by more than 97 percent from its historic levels.

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Senate Vice President Arnold I. Palacios says the CNMI and the Hawaii Longline Association have finalized a deal regarding the tuna-catch limit.

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The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources on Tuesday voted down a request from Jackson County supervisors to restrict menhaden, or pogy fishing, to one mile offshore. It's an issue that involved both science and politics.

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State-licensed commercial fishing boats pulled $5.4 million worth of wholesale fish — mostly whitefish — from Michigan's Great Lakes waters in 2015.

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On April 2, the Sun Herald published an op-ed from the spokesman of the Coastal Conservation Association -- Mississippi, F.J. Eicke ("A most important fish raises need for public scrutiny"), that was filled with more holes than a fisherman's net. Sadly, time and time again, Mr. Eicke has demonstrated dismissiveness toward sustainable fisheries and the hardworking men and women of Mississippi's commercial fishing industry.

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Last week, Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources released the results of the 2016 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey and the results are good for the second year in a row.

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The state Department of Fish and Wildlife will not work with area Native American tribes to get the federal permit to hold salmon fisheries, the agency announced Tuesday.

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One element that distinguishes humans from other primates is the high levels of omega-3 fatty acids within the brain. These long chain polyunsaturated fats play an important role in the cell membranes of neurons and other cells of the body, increasing permeability and controlling some signaling between cells. Deficiencies in omega-3 in both animals and humans has been shown to be correlated with increased mental health problems and even a higher risk of suicide.

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Science has confirmed what fishermen in Clyde River, Nunavut, have been saying for decades: Atlantic salmon do make their way to the Baffin Island hamlet on the shores of the Arctic Ocean.

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Spokane Tribe has received $200,000 to study whether salmon could survive above Grand Coulee and Chief Joseph dams.

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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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