National Fisherman

North Carolina's only state-funded boat dock for commercial and recreational fishermen opened Friday as cold Outer Banks wind whipped off the Croatan Sound.
 
For years, Cocoa Beach’s legendary Bernard’s Surf was known for an exotic menu featuring zebra steak, giraffe, chocolate-covered ants and fried bees.
 

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Regulators are considering limiting entry into the Gulf of Maine for shrimp fishing if-and-when the decimated stock rebounds enough to reopen the fishery, according to a document seeking public comment on the possible revisions to the region's management plan.

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SEATTLE — In January, the International Pacific Halibut Commission put a Band-Aid on a Bering Sea halibut situation that needs a blood transfusion from the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

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The Chesapeake Bay blue crab population is reeling, facing some of the lowest numbers in history. Officials are desperately hoping that steps taken to protect females last year will allow the fishery to rebound from the edge of disaster. But those efforts are also mired in a debate over the best way to protect the crabs.

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TOKYO — The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries says that the export of Japanese agricultural, fishery and food products hit a record high in 2014.

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This week, salmon fishermen from Bristol Bay voiced their concerns about the way their fishing industry has been depicted in the newest of the seemingly never-ending stream of “reality” TV shows.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The U.S. Coast Guard is assisting a disabled 45-foot commercial fishing boat in the Gulf of Mexico 98 miles northwest of Tampa Bay, Florida, Wednesday. The distressed fishing vessel was already in progress of towing another craft when the call for help was received.
 

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An Australian-flagged fishing vessel is stuck in Antarctic ice, with New Zealand authorities dispatching a US Coast Guard icebreaker to rescue it.
 

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WARRENTON — Warning of a potentially substantial disruption, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife has recommended that Oregon LNG perform a thorough analysis of the impact of its proposed terminal on commercial and recreational fishing in the Columbia River.
 

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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

ANCHORAGE, AK – Coastal Villages Region Fund has reached an agreement with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to help fund its fisheries research activities in Western Alaska this summer. The fund will provide up to $92,152 to support the operation of weirs on the Goodnews Bay and Kanektok rivers.

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The U.S. Commerce Department announced the appointment of 30 new and returning members to the eight regional fishery management councils that partner with NMFS to manage ocean fish stocks. The new and reappointed council members begin their three-year terms on Aug. 11.

Each year, the Secretary of Commerce appoints approximately one-third of the total 72 appointed members to the eight regional councils. The secretary selects members from nominations submitted by the governors of fishing states, territories and tribal governments.

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