National Fisherman

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. — Maine lobstermen and scallop and quahog harvesters are among those weighing in at public hearings this week on a proposed federal fishery management action. The New England Fishery Management Council (NEMFC) staff held a webinar hearing and in-person meetings in Brewer and Portland on the council’s proposed Amendment 2 to its Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat document.
 

A public hearing is being held Wednesday in Portland, Maine, about a fishery management plan for New England waters. The New England Fishery Management Council is working on a habitat management plan for federal waters from Maine to Rhode Island.

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Balancing commerce and nature along the Jersey Shore is never easy.

Commerce - especially and ironically the commercial-fishing industry and the marinas and bait-and-tackle shops that cater to recreational fishermen - is often at odds with efforts to enhance and maintain the coastal ecosystem.

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The New England cod fishery is on the brink of collapse. For weeks now we have heard from all stakeholders, with some calling for more closures, some less, and others seeking financial aid for fishing families. We’ve even heard a few calling for an all-out ban on cod fishing. But what is missing from much of this conversation are constructive ideas to pave a path forward for fishermen in New England.

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Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration today announced the launch of a user-friendly, and interactive Invasive Lionfish Web Portal aimed at arming the fishery community and public with the latest details to the combat the invasive species in the Atlantic and Gulf region.

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Roughly 100 miles off the coast of southern Maine, a hidden, mountainside forest that scientists describe as an ecological time machine offers glimpses of an abundance long lost on the New England coastline.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Water clarity in the Chesapeake Bay has improved and oysters and underwater grasses have made gains, but declines in blue crabs and rockfish have marred progress overall for the health of the nation’s largest estuary, according to a report released Monday.
 

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TACOMA, Wash. — The historic ferry Kalakala has reached its final destination.
 
The owner plans to have the rusting hulk scrapped later this month in Tacoma, The News Tribune reported Sunday.
 

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What should be the start of peak oyster season in Louisiana is off to another rocky start.
 

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Commerce - especially and ironically the commercial-fishing industry and the marinas and bait-and-tackle shops that cater to recreational fishermen - is often at odds with efforts to enhance and maintain the coastal ecosystem.
 

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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

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is required by state statute to appoint someone to the Board of Fisheries by today, Tuesday, May 19. However, his efforts to fill the seat have gone unfulfilled since he took office in January. The seven-member board serves as an in-state fishery management council for fisheries in state waters.

The resignation of Walker’s director of Boards and Commissions, Karen Gillis, fanned the flames of controversy late last week.

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Keith Decker, president and COO of High Liner Foods, will take over for the outgoing CEO, Harry Demone, who will assume the role as chairman of the board of directors. The Lunenburg, Nova Scotia-based seafood supplier boasts sales in excess of $310 million (American) for the first quarter of the year.

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