National Fisherman

Dealing with drought is wet work.

Wading knee deep beneath drizzling skies, wildlife officials and volunteers worked Tuesday to rescue fish running out of water.

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Samish Bay shellfish growers are bracing themselves for a two-month oyster harvest closure due to the contaminant vibrio parahaemolyticus and a series of related illnesses.

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Just one day after the State Department of Environmental Conservation took back a controversial quota on porgies, the Suffolk County Legislature agreed to consider legal action on behalf of the commercial fishing industry.

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For many years now, Willis Blount, the last offshore commercial fisherman still operating around Nantucket, once the center of the country’s whaling industry, has been having a tough time making ends meet. Although he has been supplying fresh fish to many of Nantucket’s finest restaurants and stores since 1975 — when he moved to the island from Rhode Island — he simply can’t overcome the changing economics of the fishing industry. The first of many problems is that he is permitted to fish only for so-called cold water species like cod, haddock, halibut and flounder, and the warming Atlantic Ocean water has pushed the supply of such fish farther north, beyond where he is allowed to fish for them.

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DANVERS — The New England Fisheries Management Council expects to move to reduce the annual catch limit for Gulf of Maine cod in 2015 if an impending peer review process shows the dire conclusions of recently completed, if unscheduled, NOAA stock assessment are accurate.
 

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A  new study was released last week essentially saying something Alaskans have been hearing for quite a while -- the acidity levels in Alaska’s fish-rich waters pose an increasingly high danger to the fish and shellfish populations, and therefore, those Alaskans who depend on the oceans for their income and their subsistence stores.
 

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A team of scientists studying the cause of skin lesions found on fish in the Gulf of Mexico in 2011 and 2012 have been unable to rule out toxic chemicals contained in oil released during the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill as their cause, according to a peer reviewed study released Monday (Aug. 4).
 

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EASTON, Md.- Many Talbot County residents are starting to wonder why Vibrio Vulnificus, an infection that hits hard and fast, is unfortunately becoming a more common occurrence this year.
 

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U.S. Coast Guard crews suspended their search Monday for a boater reported missing after a fishing vessel was found abandoned and sinking half a mile south of the Cliff House at Ocean Beach.
 

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The groundfish committee of the New England Fishery Management Council is scheduled to meet today in Danvers with a new item on the agenda: the preliminary results of an unexpected NOAA assessment that shows a continuing and alarming deterioration in the Gulf of Maine cod stock.
 

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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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