National Fisherman


U.S. boats are set to be locked out of the world’s best tuna-fishing waters after reneging on a deal with 17 Pacific states, amid a slump in prices for the fish sold in cans in supermarkets all over the country.

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WOODS HOLE — Yogesh Girdhar wowed the room with a video of what looked like a small shoebox awkwardly paddling underwater.

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Commercial fishing in Alaska was once known as one of the deadliest professions. It's still pretty dangerous, but the number of fatalities each year is trending downward.

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ANNA MARIA, Fla. — Tensions are high between stone crab fishermen and residents shark fishing along the same beaches. After a recent assault charge, the city is stepping in before emotions boil over.

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“Wicked Tuna” cast member Paul Hebert, facing federal charges in Vermont that he illegally collected more than $44,000 in Social Security, disability and Medicaid payments for two years, is looking to make a deal that could keep him out of jail.

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Central Coast residents affected by the closure of the Dungeness crab season can now report their losses to the federal government.

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Nova Scotia used its first meeting with Canada's new fisheries minister to express caution over the Trudeau government's plan to greatly expand marine protected areas, a move that could close designated ocean and coastal areas to economic activities like offshore energy development and fishing.

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Lest the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alters its position on the labeling of genetically modified salmon products, one Alaskan senator and one presidential hopeful may hold up the voting process for the agency’s new commissioner.

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The first-ever federal regulations for large-scale fish farming in the ocean were issued Monday, opening a new frontier in the harvesting of popular seafood species such as red drum, tuna and red snapper.

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Bob Rheault was having an open house at his young shellfish hatchery, so he arrived early in the morning with bottles of wine and plates of cheese. That’s when he noticed he had a problem.

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Inside the Industry

The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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Last week, Alaska senators Lisa Murkowski (R), Dan Sullivan (R) and Rep. Don Young (R) asked Secretary of State John Kerry to negotiate with Canadian leaders to make sure appropriate environmental safeguards are in place for mine development in Southeast Alaska.

The congressional delegation explained the importance of this issue to Alaskans and the need for assurances that the water quality in transboundary waters between Alaska and Canada will be maintained.

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