National Fisherman


On a bitterly cold morning amid the grim stillness that has replaced the usual hustle and bustle of local marinas this winter, Frank Blagg hung his head over a near-empty soda can as he pondered life out in front of the local chowder shop.

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JUNEAU — A government watchdog found no evidence of bias in how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency conducted a study on the potential effects of large-scale mining on a world-class salmon fishery in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region.

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MARSHFIELD -- Most local lobstermen have pulled their gear from the water, but they are keeping a close eye on the State House, where lawmakers are poised to change how lobsters are processed and consumed in Massachusetts.

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Marine protected areas around the world are failing to protect most of the evolutionary diversity of the world's coral and fish, a new study has found.

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A new study by National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration researchers suggests future warming of ocean waters off the Northeastern U.S. may be greater and occur at an even faster rate than previously projected, according to a Jan. 14 release. Over the past 10 years, the Gulf of Maine has warmed faster than 99 percent of the global ocean, NOAA said, and is associated with a northerly shift in the Gulf Stream.

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It takes a lot to bring Democrats and Republicans together on any issue in these days of heightened, highly partisan politics. It seems, however, that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has done the trick.

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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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Inside the Industry

Ray Hilborn, a University of Washington professor of aquatic and fishery sciences, recently received the 2016 International Fisheries Science Prize at the World Fisheries Congress in Busan, South Korea.

The award was given to Hilborn by the World Council of Fisheries Societies’ International Fisheries Science Prize Committee in recognition of his 40-year career of “highly diversified research and publication in support of global fisheries science and conservation.”

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Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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