National Fisherman

The oldest fishing shack in Menemsha is now under the stewardship of the town of Aquinnah, at least for the short term.
 

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Last week the Small Business Association (SBA) approved Governor Deval Patrick's September 5, 2013 request for an economic disaster declaration for local fishermen and associated industries. The declaration makes those affected by catch limits and dwindling groundstock eligible for subsidized loans through the government.
 

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Fishermen will lose income and shrimp processors fear their industry will be harmed worldwide because of regulators’ decision Tuesday to cancel the 2014 shrimp fishing season in the Gulf of Maine in response to the species’ collapse.
 

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With the status of a long-standing ban on gillnet fishing in Florida waters now in doubt, two conservation groups say it is time to tighten up regulations on harvesting mullet and other bait fish in order to protect gamefish and wading birds further up the food chain.
 

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Back in the day, residents of Kachemak Bay pulled more than big flatfish and frisky salmon from the waters. Those who have lived on local shores for 30 years or so remember a day when it was possible to jig for crab, not to mention make a descent living from harvesting king and Tanner crabs.
 

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ESSEX — The soft-shelled backbone of this town’s economy is under attack from an old enemy, with invasive species of crabs gobbling up clams throughout Essex Bay, experts say.
 

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That’s the big question as the industry braces for the International Pacific Halibut Commission’s interim meeting this week in Seattle.
 

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ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. - A man rescued by the United States Coast Guard off of a 58 foot trawler, along with his brother-in-law and five kids, spoke to Channel 4 about the events of the rescue.
 
"The police and the Coast Guard, they did an excellent job," said Captain James Lee. "I thank God for them."
 

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Maine scallop fishermen kicked off their season Monday with some of the highest per-pound prices ever seen, helping to offset harvesting restrictions put in place to better manage the fishery, a state official said.
 

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The commercial Dungeness crab fishing season in Northern California is on hold indefinitely, as fishermen and wholesale buyers continue to haggle over prices.
 

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 4/22/14

  • OSU study targets commercial fishing injuries
  • Delaware's native mud crab making recovery
  • Alaska salmon catch projected to drop 47 percent
  • West Coast groundfish fishery bill passes
  • Maine's scallop season strongest in years

Brian Rothschild of the Center for Sustainable Fisheries on revisions to the Magnuson-Stevens Act.

Inside the Industry

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is currently soliciting applicants for open advisory panel seats as well as applications from scientists interested in serving on its Scientific and Statistical Committee.

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The North Carolina Fisheries Association (NCFA), a nonprofit trade association representing commercial fishermen, seafood dealers and processors, recently announced a new leadership team. Incorporated in 1952, its administrative office is in Bayboro, N.C.

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