National Fisherman

There are “Gilligan's Island” plots less far-fetched than the twists and turns it took to navigate a local commercial fishing boat skipper's case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
 
Kodiak’s Fisheries Work Group is honing in on a plan of attack for fish politics this week. In October the North Pacific Fishery Management Council moved forward with a proposal for managing Gulf of Alaska trawl bycatch. The hope is to analyze a set of alternatives before the next council meeting in April, and folks in Kodiak are working to weigh in on that.
 
Fish – at least in the waters off the United States – are making a comeback.
 

PORTLAND, Maine — Fishery managers are bringing the spiny dogfish fishery into compliance with a conservation act that prohibits the removal of shark fins at sea.

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The public campaign is revving up to convince NOAA not to implement emergency cod measures that could shut down the Gulf of Maine to Gloucester’s day boat groundfishing fleet and those of other day-boat groundfish ports.

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PORTLAND, Maine — Maine officials are reaching out to scallop fishermen in advance of the season that begins on Dec. 1.

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HALIFAX -- Canada could put an already endangered species of tuna at greater risk by asking an international body to raise the quota for the prized fish, say conservationists who want the catch limit to remain the same to allow the stock to rebuild.

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NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — Coast Guard crew members rescued four fishermen about 25 miles southeast of Nantucket, after their boat started taking on water.

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Dutch Harbor is where many of the ships that fish the Bering Sea could wait out the coming storm triggered by Typhoon Nuri.

So far, crews there say they’re not too worried.

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The National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (CONAPESCA) adopted a measure for the sustainable management of bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) stocks in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO), which aims to reduce its catch by 45 per cent during 2015 and 2016.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

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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EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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